Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship

The Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) promotes food security and economic growth in developing and middle-income countries by educating a new generation of agricultural scientists, increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative
research to improve agricultural productivity, and extending that knowledge to users and intermediaries in the marketplace.

The Borlaug Fellowship Program supports the following goals: training and collaborative research opportunities through exchanges for entry level and mid-career international agricultural research scientists, faculty, and policymakers from eligible countries; collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity; the transfer of new science and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practice; and the reduction of barriers to technology adoption.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Selected Recipients for this Program

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University Of Missouri System $ 49,535   2019-08-152022-02-28
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Borlaug Fellowship Program funds are used for international training activities in agricultural research, extension, and teaching.

Unsolicited proposals will not be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Borlaug Fellowship Program solicits proposals from U.S.

universities and state cooperative institutions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Technical assistance and research collaboration provided through these agreements benefit foreign governments and related agricultural institutions in their countries.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notices of Funding Opportunity will be distributed through the USDA/NIFA Office of International Programs and on the USDA ezFedGrants portal at . They will not be posted on

Award Procedures

All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists that rate the qualifications of applicants and the merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published with each individual request for application to participate in this program.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title VII, Part A, Section 7139, Public Law 110-234, 122 Stat. 1231, 7 U.S.C 3319j.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Extensions may be authorized to complete the project activity of the award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects, generally 2-3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Two program reports are required as described in the terms of the agreement.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual progress reports are required.

Periodic financial reports are required.

Mentor performance reports and Fellow's performance reports are required.

Final reports are required at the end of the activity.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


A recipient must maintain all Program and Financial records for a period of 3 years after the agreement's period of performance end date.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 16 $2,275,203; FY 17 est $1,600,000; and FY 18 est $1,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$38,000 - $40,000 per fellow.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Timothy Sheehan 1400 Independence Ave. SW #3226, Stop 1030, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-690-1940

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are dependent upon identification of specific project requirements and program priorities developed by the Foreign Agricultural Service's Office of Capacity Building and Development program area (FAS/OCBD), in consultation with collaborating agencies and organizations. Contact FAS/OCBD for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposals, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.

Social Entrepreneurship

Rwanda as Social Entrepreneur Fund Beneficiary

The Republic of Rwanda has been picked as one of the six African countries as beneficiaries for a new fellowship fund program designed at supporting social entrepreneurs in tackling issues on food security.

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