Fellowships Available for Graduate Study in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State

December 19th, 2007

AMES, Iowa — Fellowships to pursue doctorate degrees in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) at Iowa State University are available next year through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

The USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants Program will provide two fellowships to students pursuing doctoral degrees in sustainable agriculture. Awardees will receive an annual stipend of $24,000 for three years and an annual allowance of $1,500 to apply towards educational expenses. Full tuition and benefits are included.

The fellowships are available to students entering the GPSA in the fall semester of 2008. The deadline for applying is Feb. 1, 2008, but applications will be accepted until both awards are made.

Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals, with priority consideration given to members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the food and agricultural sciences. A graduate application is required for application, following the instructions provided at: http://www.sust.ag.iastate.edu/gpsa/application.html .

The program of study for each fellow will include an interdisciplinary teaching appointment, a professional practice assignment and an international training experience. Fellows will be supervised by their faculty advisers and a network of mentors.

As the first graduate, degree-granting sustainable agriculture program in the nation, the GPSA offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment for students who wish to pursue research at the leading edge of sustainability studies. Featuring a dedicated faculty of more than 60 members from 16 participating departments, students have the opportunity to work with top researchers in the biophysical and social sciences and to apply that work to building a sustainable future.

Contacts: 

Charles Sauer, Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, (515) 294-6518, csauer@iastate.edu

Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communication Service, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu