The Foreign Agricultural Service International Agricultural Fellowship Program (IAFP) is a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that identifies and prepares individuals interested in careers in USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). This is the second year of the program, with the inaugural class – originally FAS Diversity Fellows – already moving through the program elements.
The FAS International Agricultural Fellowship Program provides graduate fellowships to qualified individuals who will attend two-year graduate programs in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics at U.S. universities, provide two summer internships – one domestic and one overseas, offers mentoring from Foreign Service Officers, and provides professional development activities. Fellows enter the Foreign Agricultural Service upon successful completion of the IAFP and USDA entry requirements. There is a five-year service obligation.
The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in USDA and those with financial need. It is open to students and alumni of all universities and with any major. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in U.S. engagement with the world, the program values candidates representing a wide range of backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.
The program ensures that the Foreign Agricultural Service benefits from the diverse perspectives of Americans from different backgrounds and provides a source of trained women and men who are dedicated to pursuing Foreign Service careers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
Howard University administers the FAS International Agricultural Fellowship Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service. The initial name of this program was the FAS Diversity Fellowship Program.
This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:
Foreign Agricultural Service International Agricultural Fellowship Program plans to award two fellowships up to $42,000 annually for a two--year graduate program at a U.S. university toward tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of their Agribusiness or Agricultural Economic degrees. This includes up to $24,000 a year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $18,000.
Fellows must begin a two-year graduate degree in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics at a U.S. university beginning in fall 2024. To be eligible, prospective IAFP fellows must apply to the fellowship separately from their application to graduate school. Prospective IAFP Fellows are expected to work toward a two-year master’s degree, attend full-time, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 throughout their period of study.
Fellows will participate in an orientation at Howard University in Washington D.C. in late May. The purpose of this orientation is to familiarize the Fellows with all aspects of the fellowship and to enhance their understanding of, and skills for, FAS Foreign Service careers.
Fellows will participate in two internships. The first, an internship working at the Foreign Agricultural Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., will occur in summer 2024, before the fellows begin their graduate degrees. The second internship will be an overseas placement in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that takes place during the summer in between the first and second year of graduate studies. The program provides a stipend for internship participation and offers support for travel, housing, and other related expenses.
Upon accepting the fellowship, the selected finalists will sign a contract with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service that outlines the benefits and responsibilities of a Fellow. Fellows must be able to obtain and maintain security and medical clearances in order to remain in the program. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of Agriculture FAS Foreign Service. A minimum five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service. Failure to meet the contractual obligations, including obtaining and maintaining required security and medical clearances, may result in your disqualification from the fellowship program and repayment to the U.S. Government of education-related financial assistance
2024 FAS International Agricultural Fellowship Program
|Application Deadline||October 12, 2023|
|Notification of Finalists||Mid-November 2023|
|Final Round Selections||Week of December 4, 2023|
|Fellowship Orientation||Late May/Early June 2024|
|Domestic Internship||Summer 2024|
|Begin first Year of Graduate School||Fall 2024|
|Overseas Internship||Summer 2025|
|Entrance into FAS Foreign Service||Summer 2026|
What are the Eligibility Requirement?
GPA – I HAVE A 3.1 CUMULATIVE GPA, WITH A 3.3 GPA IN MY MAJOR. DO I MEET THE PROGRAM’S REQUIREMENT FOR A 3.2 GPA?
GPA – I HAVE A 3.0 GPA FROM MY CURRENT UNIVERSITY BUT HAD A 3.7 AT THE FIRST COLLEGE I ATTENDED FOR TWO YEARS. WOULD I QUALIFY?
Applicants must meet the minimum cumulative GPA eligibility of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. To determine cumulative GPA eligibility, the Program uses:
GPA – I GRADUATED FROM AN INSTITUTION THAT PROVIDES COURSE EVALUATIONS INSTEAD OF A NUMERICAL GPA. HOW CAN I DETERMINE IF I’M ELIGIBLE?
GPA – I AM A U.S. CITIZEN ATTENDING A UNIVERSITY OUTSIDE OF THE U.S., AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
GPA – I ALREADY HAVE A MASTER’S DEGREE AND ACHIEVED A 3.2 OR GREATER. MY UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE WAS BELOW A 3.2. AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
To determine cumulative GPA eligibility, the program uses:
CITIZENSHIP – I AM A PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HOPE TO GET MY CITIZENSHIP SOON. AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANS – I AM ALREADY IN GRADUATE SCHOOL. CAN I APPLY FOR THE FELLOWSHIP FOR MY SECOND YEAR OF GRADUATE SCHOOL?
GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANS – I ALREADY HAVE A MASTER’S DEGREE. CAN I APPLY TO THE PROGRAM IF I WANT TO PURSUE A SECOND MASTER’S DEGREE?
GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANS – CAN THE FELLOWSHIP ONLY BE USED AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY?
GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANS – WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ELIGIBLE GRADUATE SCHOOL?
GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANS – DO I HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED INTO GRADUATE SCHOOL TO APPLY FOR THE FELLOWSHIP?
GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANS – IS THERE AN APPROVED LIST OF SCHOOLS AT WHICH THE FELLOWSHIP CAN BE USED?
GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANS – CAN I PURSUE AN ONLINE GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM?
OTHER – DOES THE FAS INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (IAFP) LOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIFIC UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS?
OTHER – IS THE PROGRAM ONLY OPEN TO HOWARD UNIVERSITY GRADUATES?
OTHER – IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO APPLY TO THE FELLOWSHIP?
DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE GRE?
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY PACKAGE IS COMPLETE?
HOW DO I OFFICIALLY SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
HOW DO I SUBMIT AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IF I HAVE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL TOO LONG FOR MY UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE TO ACCESS MY RECORDS?
AM I REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS FROM EVERY COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY I ATTENDED?
THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPT IS NOT IN ENGLISH AND I AM UNABLE TO OBTAIN A TRANSLATION. WHAT DO I DO?
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY RECOMMENDER TELLS ME THAT HE/SHE DID NOT RECEIVE THE EMAIL NOTIFICATION TO SUBMIT MY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?
THE COVID-19 CRISIS NEGATIVELY AFFECTED MY PLANS TO STUDY, LIVE, OR WORK OVERSEAS OR TO DO A RELEVANT INTERNSHIP. HOW WILL THE SELECTION PANEL CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 WHEN EVALUATING APPLICATIONS?
I HAVE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR SOME TIME. DO I STILL NEED TO SUBMIT A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM AN ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL?
GPA – MY SPRING 2020 SEMESTER I RECEIVED ONLY PASS/FAIL GRADES AS A RESULT OF COVID-19. WILL THIS NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY APPLICATION?
IS COMPLETING THE FAFSA AND SUBMITTING THE STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR) REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS?
WHAT WILL THE FINAL SELECTION ROUND CONSIST OF?
HOW MANY FINALISTS WILL THE PROGRAM SELECT TO ADVANCE TO THE FINAL ROUND INTERVIEW AND WRITING EXERCISE FOR THE FELLOWSHIP?
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I GET THE FELLOWSHIP?
WHAT WILL I DO DURING MY DOMESTIC INTERNSHIP?
WHAT WILL I DO DURING MY OVERSEAS INTERNSHIP?
PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE FELLOWSHIP LEADS TO EMPLOYMENT IN FAS.
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