Iowa State University Borel Global Fellows Program 2024: Up to $25,000 Annually

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Thanks to the generous contribution from ISU alumni Jim (’78 agricultural business) and Marcia (’78 family environment) Borel, the Borel Global Fellows Program commenced in 2018. This program aims to support students from Sub-Saharan Africa pursuing graduate studies at Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It seeks to combat food and nutrition insecurity while promoting economic prosperity and health for subsistence farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa by educating future leaders who will utilize their expertise in the region.

Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty members primarily affiliated with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University can apply for partial graduate student funding. To be eligible for the Borel Global Fellows Program, students must:

  • Be admitted to a graduate program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Be citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Commit to completing graduate studies to contribute to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Conduct a significant portion of their graduate research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Express a plan to work and reside in Sub-Saharan Africa after finishing their graduate studies.

Funding Information:

The program offers up to $25,000 annually per student for stipends or a blend of partial stipends and research funding, covering up to 30 months for MS students and up to 42 months for PhD students. Additionally, funding for travel expenses for research purposes between Africa and the student’s advisor is available.

Application Procedure:

  • Completed applications should include a cover letter from the major professor, the student’s CV, and a copy of the student’s goal statement. Application submission deadline: January 15, annually.
  • The cover letter should affirm the major professor’s commitment to provide the remaining required funding (like tuition, fees, and research expenses) and their support for the student’s research in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Kindly submit the application to Dr. David Acker, Associate Dean for Global Engagement, via email at dacker@iastate.edu.

For Further Details,

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024

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