Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship


The Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) promotes food security and economic growth in developing and middle-income countries by educating a new generation of agricultural scientists, increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity, and extending that knowledge to users and intermediaries in the marketplace. The Borlaug Fellowship Program supports the following goals: training and collaborative research opportunities through exchanges for entry level and mid-career international agricultural research scientists, faculty, and policymakers from eligible countries; collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity; the transfer of new science and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practice; and the reduction of barriers to technology adoption.

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.
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title VII, Part A, Section 7139, Public Law 110-234, 7 U.S.C. 3319j, Statute 122,1231
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Part Title III, Section 3306, Public Law 115-334, Statute 132,4620
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Borlaug Fellowship Program solicits proposals from U.S. universities and state cooperative institutions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Technical assistance and research collaboration provided through these agreements benefit foreign governments and related 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 that 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?
Borlaug Fellowship Program funds are used for international training activities in agricultural research, extension, and teaching. Unsolicited proposals will not be considered.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Mentor performance reports and Fellow's performance reports are required. Final reports are required at the end of the activity.
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 1-2 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Nicola Sakhleh
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: 202-720-4228
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 18$2,079,340.00; FY 19 est $2,500,000.00; FY 20 est $2,500,000.00; FY 17$2,275,203.00; FY 16$2,275,203.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$38,000 - $50,000 per fellow.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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