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USDA Borlaug Fellowship Program

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 Georgia.

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 Georgia.

Competitively selected Fellows will work one-on-one with a U.S. mentor who will coordinate the training program.  After completion of the 12-week fellowship, the mentor will visit the Fellow’s home institution 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.

Research Topics

  • Trade Barrier Impact Analysis: to research or do analysis on the effects of domestic trade barriers on the competitiveness of Georgia’s industries.
  • Food Safety: Develop the recommendation for prescribed procedures based on comprehensive risk analysis, including quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Pesticide or veterinary drug Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs): Risk assessment, risk analysis, risk communication, and risk management

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates will be evaluated, interviewed, and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Citizen of Georgia
  • 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)
  • The proposal must be directly related to one of the approved research areas listed.  USDA will not consider proposals for unapproved countries and/or topics.

Application Requirements

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
  • Signed approval from the applicant’s home institution
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional preferred)
  • Copies of diploma(s) for all college/university degree(s) received
  • Transcripts
  • Copy of passport identification page

Contact Information

For questions related to the application process please contact:

American Embassy
US Department of Agriculture
29 Georgian-American Friendship avenue
Didi Dighomi, 0131 Tbilisi, Georgia

110 Ataturk Bulvd.
Kavaklidere, 06100 Ankara, Turkey

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