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Apply for the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship

Applications are now closed. 2024 Wallace-Carver Fellowship applications will open Fall 2023!


The prestigious Wallace-Carver Fellowship offers exceptional college and graduate students the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid fellowships at leading USDA research centers and offices across the United States. Fellows take part in ground-breaking field and laboratory-based research, analyze agriculture and economic policy; and assist in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs.

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, World Food Prize Foundation and USDA will offer the 2023 USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowships as in-person experiences.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Any student who has participated in a World Food Prize Youth Program, is a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, at least 18 years old, and a registered full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate) Fall 2023. 

TIMEFRAME: Wallace-Carver Fellowship will take place May - August 2023. 

FELLOWSHIP EXPECTATIONS: This is a full-time paid fellowship (40 hours per week) and requires an 8-week minimum work commitment. Wallace-Carver Fellows are hired as federal employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are paid on the federal government's General Schedule. 

Wallace-Carver Fellows are expected to participate in, and present at, the World Food Prize Foundation Global Youth Institute and International Borlaug Dialogue in October 2023 as a core component of the experience. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all of the required materials listed below are submitted in their application in order to be considered for a 2023 Wallace-Carver Fellowship: 

1. Cover Letter

The selection committee and USDA will see this, so ensure that you address your specific experiences, skills, and strengths that relate to the kind of work you'd like to do, and describe why you want to be a Fellow and why you would be a good fit. BE SUCCINCT (like your resume, keep it to one page) and DON'T REPEAT (a cover letter should go beyond your resume, not repeat what it already written there).

2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

The selection committee and USDA will see this, so ensure that your resume or CV is updated and includes relevant work experience, school and community involvement, leadership activities, and relevant research/projects. Try to limit your resume to one page.

3. School Transcript

Upload your most recent academic transcript. An unofficial version is acceptable - a scan of the printed transcript is preferred, but a screenshot of the transcript digitally displayed is allowed. If enrolled at university, please submit both your high school and university transcripts.  If you are a first year college student and you don’t have grades for the first semester yet, please upload proof of what courses you are enrolled in (e.g. screenshot of a digital display of your enrollment or class schedule). 

A downloadable copy of the application form is available HERE for your reference as you prepare your answers and materials, but you must complete the 2023 online application form to be considered for the fellowship. All application materials must be uploaded together to complete and submit your application form online. 


Questions? Contact: Rebecca Picard at RPICARD@WORLDFOODPRIZE.ORG 

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