December 29, 2019

New Fellowships

USDA announces new fellowships to train ag educators

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced three new fellowships to connect university faculty and staff with USDA and other federal resources. The fellowships aim to support the pipeline for agricultural education at Hispanic Serving Institutions, 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities, and 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

“Fellows will receive access to long-term collaboration opportunities, and then share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions,” wrote the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement in a press release.

Fellowship applications are due Feb. 12, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Access applications.

The three fellowships:

  • The E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program is designed for faculty or staff at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) or Hispanic-Serving School District. HSIs are accredited colleges and universities with at least 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment. Currently, there are more than 500 HSIs in 21 states and Puerto Rico, serving more than 2 million students.
  • The Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship is designed for faculty and staff from 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for Bureau of Indian Education designated high schools.
  • The Booker T. Washington Fellowship is aimed at faculty and staff at an accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for an 1890 Land-Grant University feeder high school.

Each program offers opportunities for “Education Fellows” and “Science Fellows” this summer. Education Fellows participate in a week-long program in Washington, D.C. Science Fellows participate in a two-week program, consisting of one week in Washington, D.C. and a second week at a USDA research location.