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Global Fellowships for Agricultural Development


Current Plans for GFAD Fellowships

With the pandemic-associated restrictions currently in place, GFAD Fellows and their faculty mentors are collaborating remotely with counterpart development organizations in countries around the globe. Fellows are engaged in data gathering and processing as well as offering remote technical assistance. Once restrictions are lifted, fellows will, once again, be working in the field.


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).