The World Food Prize Foundation

Global Youth Institute - Pennsylvania Delegates

Become a Student Leader in the Global Fight Against Hunger!

Take part in the 22nd annual Global Youth Institute

Up to two student delegates will be selected to represent Pennsylvania at the Global Youth Institute held in Des Moines, Iowa, October 13-15, 2016.

There, they will join over 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 75 countries attending the World Food Prize’s annual international symposium.

At the Global Youth Institute, 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 international experts
  • Connect with other student leaders from across the United States and other countries to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships
  • Tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities addressing food and water security, nutrition, global agriculture and health
  • Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy at the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium
  • Meet the World Food Prize Laureates at the magnificent Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates before they receive the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” for greatly advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world


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 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. In 2016, up to 100 Wallace-Carver Fellows will 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.


To participate, students research a global issue and write a five-page paper under the supervision of a teacher mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Each high school must register their student delegate nominee(s) and submit each student's research paper online by August 1, 2016. Ninth through Twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.

All submitted registrations and research papers will be evaluated by a committee of experts, and invitations to attend the Global Youth Institute as a student delegate representing Pennsylvania will be emailed by August 15, 2016.

Accommodation, meal and program expenses at the three-day event (Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon) and accommodations Wednesday night are provided by the World Food Prize Foundation for participating student delegates and their teacher mentors. However, both student and teacher participants must organize and fund their own transportation to and from the event in Iowa. As such, the student and teacher mentor are responsible for transportation, lodging, meal and other associated costs of participation accrued outside of the actual event.

For more information on how to participate in the Global Youth Institute, contact the World Food Prize Director of Global Education Programs Lisa Fleming at or at (515) 245-3795.

How to Participate

2016 Paper Instructions

Sample Paper

Paper Evaluation Rubric

Online Registration Form
(Due 8/1/2016)

Important Dates

Contact the Program Director

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