Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI): NIFA Fellowships Grant Program

The FY 2013 AFRI NIFA Fellowship RFA focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences who will lead agriculture into the future by solving current and future challenges facing our society.

The AFRI NIFA Fellowships

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Grant Program targets talented, highly-motivated doctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees that demonstrate remarkable promise and the potential to become gifted education, extension, and research professionals in the United States.

The NIFA Fellows are individuals who have the potential for remarkable accomplishments in agricultural science.

The Program seeks to develop the technical and academic competence of doctoral candidates and the research independence and teaching competencies of postdoctoral students in the food, forestry and agricultural sciences, which are within NIFA’s challenge areas, through well-developed and highly interactive mentoring and training activities.

Project types supported by AFRI within this RFA include single-function Research, Education, and Extension Projects and multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects.
Related Programs

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

Department of Agriculture

Agency: National Institute of Food and Agriculture


Estimated Funding: $6,000,000

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It is highly encouraged that applications be submitted through the mentor's institution with the mentor institution listed as the applicant (see Part IV, B.1.).

Eligible mentor institutions include: (1) State Agricultural Experiment Stations; (2) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); (3) university research foundations; (4) other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) any group consisting of two or more entities identified in (1) through (7).

Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.

The student applying for the fellowship may opt to submit the application on his/her own behalf.

If such an application results in an award, the student, in accepting the grant award will be certifying that he/she will ensure stewardship of Federal funds, will manage all aspects of the project in accordance with sound practices, and will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and the terms and conditions of the grant award.

The individual (i.e., student) seeking support via the application (whether as the applicant or through the mentor institution) must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States as defined in Part VIII (note that this does not preclude the individual from doing all or part of the proposed work at a non-United States organization).

In addition, the following requirements apply as noted: Predoctoral Student: The individual must have advanced to candidacy, as per institutional requirements, by March 7, 2013, and provide documentation from the graduate advisor or the institution by the application deadline.

The intent of the NIFA Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program is to support current doctoral students who are at the stage of conducting dissertation research, ultimately leading to completion of the dissertation and respective terminal degree.

Predoctoral students, inclusive of those with Baccalaureate and/or Masters degrees, who meet the aforementioned criteria, may apply.

Postdoctoral Student: All doctoral degree requirements must be satisfied no earlier than January 1, 2010 and no later than December 7, 2013, and provide documentation from the graduate advisor/graduate committee or the institution by the application deadline.

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