Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria to be considered. Promising applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and top-ranked applicants will be interviewed before a final selection is made.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
Soundness and Feasibility of the Research Proposal: Scientific
merit and clear relevance to the overall thesis research objectives, and
viability in terms of budget, timing, and potential to add value to
the existing body of knowledge related to the proposal's targeted area
of research within the broad field of agriculture and food security.
Ability to begin the CGIAR or US University experience within a one-year time frame.
Maximizes opportunities to leverage outside funds. (35% of total score)
to Development Priorities: Strengths of the research proposal to
support the goals of the US government's global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. Compatibility of the research proposal to development
priorities of the applicant's home country (15% of total score)
Potential: Potential to advocate for agricultural science at the
policy level. Potential to work as a change agent in his/her home
country to help transform the research culture and to promote
innovation. Demonstrated commitment to return home to work in
agriculture research or agricultural education, and to continue
international interaction. Demonstrated willingness and ability to
mentor colleagues, students, and research technicians. Potential to
complete his/her graduate degree program and move into a position of
responsibility in the agriculture science and/or education community in
his/her home country. (30% of total score)
and Mentoring Plan: Clear plan of work that demonstrates a
coordinated mentorship and support (both fiscal and scientific) between
the US and CGIAR scientists to insure the success of the Fellow's
overall thesis research project. Student's work should be embedded in an
existing program or project that ensures the long-term mentorship of
student. (20% of total score)
The Selection Committee will also consider the diversity of the applicant pool in making decisions.