AU/USDA Scientific Exchanges Program 2021

 

Deadline: October 10, 2021

Applications are open for the African Union/USDA Scientific Exchanges Program 2021. The Scientific Exchanges Program (SEP) supports USDA’s agricultural research goals of promoting collaborative programs among agricultural professionals of eligible countries.

Meanwhile, in general the SEP Fellowships was created to operationalize the joint effort of the AU and USDA to promote food security and economic growth in eligible countries by educating a new generation of agricultural scientists.

Furthermore, the collaborative nature of the SEP training and research programs will benefits the fellow, his or her home institution, and partner country; the U.S. host institution, its professors, researchers, and students; and the global agricultural sector.

Benefits

  • Firstly, the program will provides leadership and science communication to empower fellows to advocate.
  • Also, the program will support AU-RECs to establish SPS regulatory regimes in the African Continental Free Trade Area based on science.
  • Lastly, synergies will be created among agricultural policy practitioners in the AU-RECs, and all relevant stakeholders including but not limited to U.S. regulatory agencies.

Eligiity

  • Opened to the citizen of a country in the African Union.
  • Applicants must have good reading, writing, and speaking skills in English language.
  • Interested applicants must have master’s degree or other higher degree, with at least two years of practical experience (minimum).
  • Applicants must be currently employed by a university, research institution, or other scientific institution in a country in the AU.
  • Applicants must have intention to continue working in a country of the AU for a minimum of two years following the return from the United States.
  • Those interested must be a researcher with a clear connection to SPS regulatory regimes, and must be ready to adapt lessons learned from the U.S. SPS regulatory model at both national and state levels.
  • Must be ready to send proposal directly related to the research topic.

Benefits

  • Provide leadership and science communication to empower fellows to advocate for sound policy to peers, decision-makers, and the general public.
  • They will support AU-RECs to established SPS regulatory regimes in the African Continental Free Trade Area based on science and the international standard setting bodies.
  • Create synergies among agricultural policy practitioners in the AU-RECs, and all relevant stakeholders including but not limited to U.S. regulatory agencies.

Application

Application materials include the following listed below:

  • Firstly, paper application form.
  • A program proposal and research action plan.
  • A signed approval from applicant’s home institution.
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional preferred).
  • Copies of diploma(s) for college/university degree(s) received.
  • Lastly, copy of passport identification page.

Applicants must submit applications by email to Cara Conley (Cara.Conley@usda.gov), CCing Joyce

West (Joyce.West@usda.gov), at the USDA Offices in Washington, DC

Diana Akullo (AkulloD@africa-union.org). 

If applicable, in person or Skype interviews with applicants are tentatively scheduled to take place in September/October 2021.

In conclusion, all eligible applicants should apply.

Click here to download the application form

For more information visit: AUC/USDA.

 

 

 

 

Lily Bandotubo

Lily Doure Bandotubo is the CEO and publisher at Information Day Online. An online publicist, author, entrepreneur and a mentor.

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