Cochran Fellowship Program-International Training-Foreign Participant


To provide quality training resulting in knowledge and skills that will assist eligible countries in meeting the food security needs of their domestic populations; and to strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural businesses in the United States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Agriculture Development and Trade Act of 1990, Title XV, Part D, Section 1543, Public Law 101-624, 7 U.S.C. 3293, Statute 104,3694
Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992, Title VII, Section 705, Public Law 102-511, Statute 106,3349
Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act Amendments of 1991, Title X, Section 1002, Public Law 102-237, Statute 105,1894
Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, Title II, Part C, Section 277, Public Law 104-127, Statute 110,978
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Part Title III, Section 3201(b)(3)(B), 3305, Public Law 115-334, Statute 132,4616, 4619
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Cochran Program solicits proposals for training from U.S. institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, U.S. agricultural trade and market development associations, and private agribusinesses.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Technical assistance provided through these agreements benefits foreign governments and agricultural institutions in their countries.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notices of Funding Opportunity will be distributed through the USDA/NIFA Center for International Programs and on the USDA ezFedGrants portal at
Award Procedure
All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists, which rate the qualifications of applicants and the merits of the proposals.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The Notice of Funding Opportunity will describe the specific selection criteria and weighting. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposals, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.
How may assistance be used?
Cochran Program funds are used for providing training to international exchange visitors to improve agricultural systems in their home countries.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Training evaluation reports are required. Participant evaluations and development of post-training action plans are required.
Not applicable.
Program participants shall retain records and permit access to records for 3 years after the submission of final reports, in accordance with the requirements of 2 CFR 200.333
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects, generally 3 months but occasionally up to one year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Desiree Thomas
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: 202-690-0947
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$2,888,703.00; FY 19 est $3,000,000.00; FY 20 est $3,500,000.00; FY 17$3,231,412.00; FY 16$4,078,009.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Training activities last approximately two weeks. Average cost of each project is $55,000, but varies based on the number of fellows.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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