Friday, June 15, 2012

NIFA Fellowships Grant Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications from Public, State, and Private institutions of higher education, and others for its program that supports:

(1) training students for Master's and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences
(2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries.

Awards are specifically intended to support traineeship programs that engage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees in USDA mission areas.

Applications are being solicited from institutions that confer a graduate degree in at least one of the following Targeted Expertise Shortage Areas:

1) animal and plant production
2) forest resources
3) agricultural educators and communicators
4) agricultural management and economics
5) food science and human nutrition
6) sciences for agricultural biosecurity
7) training in integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems

NIFA anticipates having approximately $3,240,000 in total available grant funds for the program in Fiscal Year 2012 with an award ceiling of $262,000.

The Full Funding Opportunity Announcement is available at:
* Specifically at:

Additional information about the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program is available at

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