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Global Fellowships for Agricultural Development


Current Plans for GFAD Fellowships

GFAD is poised to support field-based fellowships in 2022 as restrictions imposed by the global pandemic ease. The uneven and uncertain impact of COVID-19 continues to prompt caution and Fellows will be required to comply with the policy of the university’s Travel Advisory Committee. During the height of the pandemic, Fellows collaborated remotely with counterpart development organizations, primarily engaged in data analysis and other remote technical assistance. We are excited by the prospect of GFAD Fellows once again learning and sharing knowledge in person around the globe.


Originally funded by USAID as a Research Innovations Fellowship in Agriculture (RIFA) program, the Global Fellowships for Agricultural Development (GFAD) program offers early-career professionals enrolled in agricultural and development-oriented graduate programs at all University of California campuses the opportunity to plan, engage and implement two to six-month-long international projects in developing countries.

Global Fellows collaborate with a host organization to develop robust projects that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems. Host institutions work with the fellow and UC faculty supervisor to co-create opportunities. The fellow’s collaborative work takes research to action, contributing integrally to the success and sustainability of development projects and programs, faculty research while augmenting fellows’ experiential education.



Check out one of our fellow's projects below. More videos can be found on our YouTube Channel



The Global Fellowship in Agricultural Development program is funded primarily by the University of California Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative.  This program was originally funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).