Students can compete in either of two categories:
Professional Development: Students already receiving support from their home institution can apply for the Professional Development category. If selected, they will engage in professional development activities (valued at $10,000 per year) and will be matched with an industry sponsor. Applicants should have already been accepted by their preferred university, have a research area or specific project to be conducted under the direction of their university advisor, and be funded either by their university or a grant. An industry sponsor will fund half of the professional development expenses and the FFAR Fellows program matches this amount. Funding is used to support student travel to the annual site visit and the cost of professional development programming. The first site visit will be held August 5-10, 2018, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Research & Professional Development: Students selected under Research & Professional Development category will receive full support ($50,000/year for three years). Students already working on a project should work with their advisor to submit a research proposal and arrange for an industry sponsor. Students not already working on a project will be matched with a research project in their area of interest at their home institution and an industry sponsor. Industry sponsor will fund half of the assistantship and professional development expenses and the FFAR Fellows program will fund the other half. The application period for the Research & Professional Development category has closed for 2018. Applications for 2019 will be available in December, 2018.
1) Professional Development Fellows Application (to be completed by the student)
2) Professional Development Fellows Application Supplement (to be completed by the faculty advisor)
For questions, contact the FFAR Fellows Program Manager, Rebecca Dunning at: email@example.com 919-389-2220
FFAR Fellows will have the opportunity to work on cutting edge food and agriculture-related research projects. Industry and academic scientists will submit proposals for research projects on food and agricultural topics. Proposals can cover any topic, as long as they address one or more of the seven FFAR Challenge areas. The FFAR Fellow program is especially interested in innovative, novel and collaborative research in food and agricultural, including all aspects of digital agriculture, phytobiome, soil microbiome, precision agriculture, and breeding technology.
FFAR Fellows will participate in three residential sessions – one per year over the course of the three-year program. Each session will be one-week long.
To maintain momentum between sessions, each cohort of Fellows will participate in monthly teleconference calls and webinars.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the leading industry scientists in the United States and Canada as their personal mentors.