The World Food Prize Foundation

Minnesota Youth Institute

Become a Student Leader in the Global Fight Against Hunger!

Don't miss the Minnesota Youth Institute at the University of Minnesota on May 15th 2017!

 At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students have the opportunity to:

  • Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with local experts;
  • Connect with other student leaders from across Minnesota to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
  • Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy;
  • Take part in educational sessions and interactive tours at the University of Minnesota to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences;
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Minnesota working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world; and
  • Receive a $1,000 scholarship to study in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.


To participate in the World Food Prize Minnesota Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a five page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Each teacher/mentor must register their student online and submit each student's research paper online by April 15, 2017. Students in the 8-12 grades for the 2016/17 school year are eligible to apply.

Papers will be evaluated by University of Minnesota faculty and staff, as well as The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers (based on the evaluation rubric above).

There is no registration cost to participate in the Minnesota Youth Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in St. Paul, MN.

The Minnesota Youth Institute is hosted by the University of Minnesota with the generous support of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  

For more information on how to participate in the Minnesota Youth Institute, contact Kay Ellingson at or 612-625-4772


The Global Youth Institute: the top students at the Minnesota Youth Institute will be competitively selected to represent the State of Minnesota as delegates at the Global Youth Institute, held in Des Moines, October 13-15, 2016. There, they will join 400 other outstanding high school students and teachers from across the United States and around the world for an exciting three-day program to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 65 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.

By participating in the Global Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship or USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship.

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience for high school students to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1998, 250 Borlaug-Ruan Interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking research.

Wallace-Carver Fellowship: a paid two-month research or policy placement at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory or field office, or at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. Wallace-Carver Fellows intern at USDA, analyzing agricultural and economic policy; assisting in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and taking part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. Fellows travel to Washington DC at the start of their internship for a week-long high-level leadership program hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.


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