United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) accepts applications for 2013 Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP)

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Deadline- JANUARY 17, 2013

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program invites applications to promotes food security and economic growth by providing research and training opportunities for scientists and policymakers from developing and middle-income countries. USDA partners with U.S. land grant universities, international research centers, and other institutions to provide up to 12 weeks of U.S.-based training for Borlaug Fellows each year.

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The Borlaug Fellowship Program honors Norman E. Borlaug, the American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who is known as the “father of the Green Revolution.”The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities to scientists, researchers and policymakers from 26 eligible countries. Fellows will work one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center or government agency, usually for 6-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.


  • Be citizens of an eligible country
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have completed a Master’s or higher degree
  • Be in the early or middle stage of their career, with at least two years of practical experience
  • Be employed by a university, government agency or research entity in their home country
  • Demonstrate their intention to continue working in their home country after completing the fellowship

How to apply?

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Candidates must apply via the online application system. The following information will be required-

  1. Completed application form
  2. 2-3 page program proposal and action plan
  3. Signed approval from applicant’s home institution
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Official copy of transcript for college/university degree(s) received
  6. Copy of passport identification page

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