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Nearly $19 million in USDA fellowships available

The United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will award $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields this year.

"Highly motivated, talented and creative workers in the food, agriculture and natural resources fields will only become more valuable on a global scale as we face a growing population and tougher climate obstacles in the next few decades," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a prepared statement. "Investing in innovation and growing a strong knowledge base now is critical to bolstering food security, health, and economic viability for the next generation."

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According to a USDA news release, the grants are available through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Funded fellowships will span the six challenge areas identified by AFRI: childhood obesity prevention, climate change, food safety, food security, sustainable bioenergy and water. The fellowship program also will fund projects that contain well-developed and highly engaged mentoring and training activities. NIFA will fund single-function and multi-function research, education, or extension projects.

Applications for pre- and post-doctoral fellowships are due Feb. 11. Applications for undergraduate fellowships are due March 24. Applications for professional development grants are due March 18. To learn more, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources-and.

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