Borlaug Fellowship Program

Guatemalans presenting a poster

The Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to fellows from developing and middle-income countries. Fellows come for approximately three months to work directly with a host and later, that collaboration is reinforced when the mentor visits the fellow in his/her home country during the fellowship implementation year. UC Davis has hosted and continues to host a number of successful fellowship and research exchanges under this important program.

If you are a UC Davis faculty or researcher interested in hosting international collaborators for a Borlaug fellowship initiative, please contact Nikki Grey Rutamu,


Recent UC Davis example of Borlaug Fellowship

Colombia: Ms. Maria Garcia, a native of Colombia, came to UC Davis in 2016 as a recipient of the Borlaug Fellowship program. Ms. Garcia’s fellowship program was on gender analysis and agricultural development, particularly on quantitative analysis of gender in relation to agriculture data. She was mentored by Drs. Mark Bell, current Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs of UC’s Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources (UC DANR) and Richard Plant, Professor Emeritus of UC Davis’ Department of Plant Sciences. Ms. Garcia’s specific objective was to quantify the interaction between gender and farm income on specific roles of women in rice production. She found that there is a significant relationship between farm income and the level of women’s responsibility for production on rice farms in Columbia.

For more information about the program, please visit Borlaug Fellowship Program