USDA Borlaug Fellowship Program in Vietnam
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is pleased to announce the 2020 Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) for Vietnam.
The Borlaug Fellowship Program promotes agricultural productivity, food security, and economic growth through collaborative research. The program offers training for agricultural research, leadership, and agricultural policy to university faculty, researchers, and government officials in Vietnam.
Competitively selected Fellows will work one-on-one with a U.S. mentor who will coordinate the training program. After completion of the fellowship, the mentor will visit the Fellow's home institution within 6 months to continue collaboration on the research topic. USDA will select U.S. host institutions and mentors for each fellow. The 2020 Borlaug Fellowship Program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Global Programs (GP), Fellowship Programs (FP).
The application deadline for the 2020 Borlaug Fellowship Program is
February 18, 2020.
- Provide early to mid-career agricultural economists, research scientists, faculty, and policymakers with one-on-one training opportunities in the fields of agricultural policy and research (see acceptable research areas below).
- Provide agricultural economists, research scientists, faculty, and policymakers with practical experience and exposure to novel perspectives and/or new technologies that can be applied in their home institutions.
- Foster collaboration and networking to improve agricultural productivity and trade.
- Facilitate the transfer of new economic, scientific, and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practices.
- Address Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures that will ensure our trading partners use science and risk analysis as a foundation for food safety regulations and SPS measures that mirror U.S. food and agriculture safety standards.
- Animal Health: Disease control in aquaculture through various methods to meet importing country food safety standards
- Biotechnology: Development of new breeding techniques using gene-editing technology to enhance Vietnamese agricultural capacity
- Animal Health: Development of vaccines for animal health with a specific focus on African Swine Fever
Length of Fellowships
Fellowships last between 12 weeks. All program proposals must include goals that are achievable within that timeframe. Fellowships can begin as early as August 2020 or as late as the summer of 2021. After completing the U.S.-based portion of the fellowship, the mentor will visit the Fellow’s home institution approximately one year after the U.S. portion of the training.
Candidates will be evaluated, interviewed, and selected based on the following criteria:
- Citizen of Vietnam
- Proficiency in English reading, writing, and speaking skills
- Master’s degree or higher with at least two years of practical experience (minimum) after degree completion
- Currently employed by a university, government ministry, research institution, or other scientific institution
- Intention to continue working in the home country for a minimum of two years following the return from the United States
- Early/mid-stage of professional career (2-10 years of experience preferred; candidates with more than 15 years of experience are weakly competitive; candidates with 20 years or more experience will not be considered)
- Proposal must be directly related to one of the approved research areas listed. USDA will not consider proposals for unapproved countries and/or topics.
Eligible candidates must apply using the Fluid Review application website no later than February 18, 2020: https://borlaug.fluidreview.com. Applicants must submit the following documents to complete an application:
- Application form (using Fluid Review website). Proposals submitted by email will not be considered
- Detailed program proposal and research action plan, that includes answers to all questions on the application
- Letter of Reference from Post in home country
- Signed approval from applicant's home institution
- Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional preferred)
- Copies of diploma(s) for all college/university degree(s) received
- Copy of passport identification page
For questions related to the application process please contact:
U.S. Embassy Hanoi
7 Lang Ha Street
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