Monday, April 18, 2022

Graduate Fellowship for Diverse Juniors, Seniors & Recent Grads Interested in the Foreign Agricultural Service!

We are pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the new USDA Foreign Agricultural Service FAS Diversity Fellowship Program (FDFP)!

 

The Foreign Agricultural Service Diversity Fellowship Program is administered by Howard University seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people who represent ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity and has an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). 

 

The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in USDA and those with financial need. The FDFP program seeks to ensure that the Foreign Service reflects the face of America to foreign audiences and provides a source of trained women and men who are dedicated to pursuing Foreign Service careers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

 

For the inaugural 2023 FDFP cohort, we will recruit four fellows and provide up to $42,000 annually for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completing two-year master’s degrees in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics at U.S. institutions around the country.

 

FDFP fellows will also receive two summer internships, mentoring from a foreign service officer, and professional development training throughout the program before starting their career with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service upon completing programmatic and USDA FAS requirements. 

 

The FAS Diversity Fellowship Program is truly a unique and rewarding opportunity for those interested in careers with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, whose work links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. We will host our first Virtual FDFP General Presentation on April 22, 2022, at 3 PM EST; if you or others interested in your network are available and would like to learn more, we invite you to please join and register here.

 

Interested in Applying?

Those interested in the Foreign Agricultural Service Diversity Fellowship Program can find more information at www.FASDiversityFellowship.org. The program is open to applicants nationwide that meet the eligibility requirements, and the application of members of minority groups, historically underrepresented in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and those with financial need are encouraged to apply. Upon successful completion of fellow's second-year master’s degree program in agribusiness or agricultural economics at a U.S. based institution and fulfillment of fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, FDFP fellows have the opportunity to work with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, in accordance with applicable law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, serving in Washington, D.C. or at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe.

 

FDFP Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 3.2 GPA cumulative on 4.0 scale
  • Looking to begin two-year graduate program in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics fall 2023 at a U.S. university.

 

Application Deadline:

  • October 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

 

Open to Apply:

  • Undergraduate Seniors – looking to start graduate school FA 2023
  • Undergraduate Juniors – who will graduate from undergraduate programs by MAY 2023 and are looking to start graduate school FA 2023
  • Alumni – looking to start graduate school FA 2023
    • Can be seeking a second master’s degree; however, first degree must not be in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics.

 

Virtual FDFP General Information Session (April 22, 2022; 3 PM EST) Registration Link:

https://howard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModOqtrTMtH9ath1fKYtG8vYLTxISfVA82