The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the 2021 International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program (IAEFP) to provide opportunities to eligible U.S. citizens with a bachelor’s degree and agricultural experience, curriculum development or program development to assist developing countries in establishing school-based agricultural education and youth extension programs.
Objective: USDA anticipates issuing up to two awards to improve developing countries ability to meeting their food and fiber needs, as well as strengthen trade linkages between the United States and selected countries. Each award is expected to support up to nine (9) fellows. The fellowship is expected to last 8-9 months in concurrence with the priority country’s academic year.
After selection, recipients will be expected to identify fellows through an organized request for proposals and accompanying application selection process. This candidate selection process should also include 4-H and FFA representatives as subject matter experts (SME).
Applicants are expected to identify their respective 4-H and FFA selection SME panel representatives within thirty days following negotiations. All final fellow selections must be submitted to the USDA for final concurrence. The intention of the IAEFP is three-fold:
- to develop a diverse group of globally minded United States agriculturalists with experience living abroad,
- collaboratively meet the food and fiber needs of the domestic population of eligible countries, and
- strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and the United States agricultural industry.
- Available Funding for the NOFO: Up to $1,000,000; each award is anticipated to be up to $500,000
- Projected Number of Awards: 1-2
- Period of Performance: 36 months
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 1, 2021
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): August 31, 2024
- U.S. State Cooperative Institutions or other colleges and universities in the United States.
- All applicants are required to have an active registration in the SAM database at www.sam.gov –pending or expired registrants are not eligible. This requirement must be met by the closing date of the announcement and will not be waived.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333447