USDA Borlaug Fellowship Program in India - application deadline extended to 2nd February, 2011

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is pleased to announce the 2011 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) for India. The Borlaug Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity. The Program offers training and collaborative opportunities in agricultural research, international agricultural economics, leadership and policy to Indian researchers. Competitively selected fellows will work one-on-one with a U.S. mentor who will coordinate the Fellow’s training. After completion of the 6-12 week fellowship, the mentor will visit the fellow’s home institution for up to 10 days to continue collaboration on the research topic. The USDA will select U.S. host institutions and mentors for each Fellow.The 2011 Borlaug Fellowship Program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

The application deadline for the 2011 Borlaug Fellowship Program for India is 2nd February, 2011 in ICAR.


  • Provide early-mid career agricultural economists, research scientists, faculty, and policymakers with one-on-one training opportunities in the fields of agricultural policy and research (see targeted research areas below);
  • Provide economists, scientists, faculty and policymakers with practical experience and exposure to novel perspectives and/or new technologies that can be applied upon completion of the program in their home institutions;
  • Foster increased collaboration and networking to improve agricultural productivity and trade;
  • Facilitate the transfer of new economic, scientific and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practices;
  • Address obstacles to the adoption of technology such as ineffectual policies and regulations.

Targeted Research Areas:

Food Security and Nutrition
Specific research topics within Food Security and Nutrition include:

  • Advancing agricultural production through biotechnology
  • Technical and policy research and development

Food Safety
Specific research topics within Food Safety include:

  • Risk assessment
  • Technical and policy research and development

Agricultural Cooperation
Specific research topics within Agricultural Cooperation include:

  • Input minimizing technologies for sustainable agriculture

Length of Fellowships:
Fellowships are 6-12 weeks in length. All program proposals should include goals that will be achievable within the timeframe of 6-12 weeks.

Eligibility Requirements:
Candidates will be evaluated, interviewed and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Citizen of India;
  • Good working knowledge of the English language
  • A Masters degree with at least two years’ practical experience;
  • Currently employed full time at a research institution with the intent to continue working in their home country for a minimum of two years following their return from the United States.
  • Early-mid stage of professional career;
  • Experience and focus in Food Security, Nutrition, Food Safety and Agricultural Cooperation.

Application Requirements:
Eligible candidates are invited to submit the complete application including the following attachments no later than 2nd February, 2011 to the ICAR.

  • Application
  • Program proposal (2-3 pages)
  • Signed approval of the applicant's home institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official copy of transcript of college degrees
  • Copy of passport identification page
  • One passport sized photo

Please include all application materials in one PDF document

Application may be addressed to:

The Deputy Director General (Education)
ICAR, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan-II, Pusa
New Delhi 110012
Tele (O):  011-25841760
Fax:         011-25843932, 25848045
E-mail:    ddgednaticar [dot] org [dot] in;
Note: USDA will conduct interviews for applicants who pass the initial screening during late February – April, 2011. 

For questions relating to the application process please contact:
Agricultural Affairs Office
U.S. Embassy
Chanakyapuri, Shanti Path
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Attn: David Leishman, Agricultural Attaché
Email:  David [dot] Leishmanatfas [dot] usda [dot] gov or agnewdelhiatusda [dot] gov ( ) 
Telephone:  (011-91-11) 2419-8769 or 2419-8297 

For additional information about the Borlaug Fellowship Program, please contact:
The USDA/FAS Coordinators for the 2011 Borlaug Fellowship Program for India:
Catherine Chesnutt: Catherine [dot] Chesnuttatfas [dot] usda [dot] gov
Debbie Nip: Abiola [dot] Adeyemiatfas [dot] usda [dot] gov
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