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Global Fellowships for Agricultural Development


Current Plans for GFAD Fellowships

GFAD is excited to support field-based fellowships in 2024. The deadline for summer travel applications is March 27, 2024. 


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 by the University of California Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative and generous individual donors.  This program was originally funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).