The World Food Prize Foundation

Global Youth Institute - Virgin Islands

What is the Global Youth Institute?

NEW UPDATE FOR APPLICANTS: In order to increase access and opportunity for all students the World Food Prize Foundation will be hosting a new Virtual Summer Youth Institute on Monday, July 20th. This online event will allow all applicants the opportunity to present their written research to real-world experts and participate in exciting activities while solving our world’s toughest problems. This is required for any students who want to be considered for selection for the Global Youth Institute. 


Students will have the choice to participate in either a live online event on Monday, July 20th or an on-demand virtual experience throughout the week of July 20th. An email with further details about your options will be sent to you shortly after the deadline closes. 


Please use the links on the right-hand side of this webpage to submit your paper and application. The deadline to submit materials is still Wednesday, July 1st. 


Questions? Email Kelsey Tyrrell at



The Global Youth Institute is a life-changing experience where outstanding high school students and teachers will gather 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, the Borlaug Dialogue. 

Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges.


Why Participate?

At this exciting event, participating high school students become recognized as Borlaug Scholars and have the opportunity to:

  • Present research and recommendations on ways to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with global food security experts;

  • Connect with other student leaders to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;

  • Explore the issues, current research and opportunities to make a difference in the world; and

  • Interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers. This distinguished group of educators and experts was established to mentor and personally encourage students. Reviewers write thoughtful, personalized feedback to each student who applies to the Global Youth Institute.


How to Apply

To apply for the Global Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a five page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above).

Ninth through twelfth grade students in the 2020/21 school year are eligible to apply.

Application and paper submission due online by:  July 1, 2020.

All submitted applications and research papers will be evaluated by a committee of experts. Invitations to attend the Global Youth Institute will be emailed by July 24, 2020. 

Accommodations, meal and program expenses during GYI (Wednesday evening through Saturday afternoon) are provided by the World Food Prize Foundation for student delegates and their teacher mentors. Student and teacher participants are responsible for coordinating and funding their own transportation to and from Des Moines, Iowa.


For more information please contact the World Food Prize Director of Youth Leadership Development Kelsey Tyrrell at: or at (515) 245-3702.


Further opportunities for participants:

Borlaug-Ruan International Internships
An 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. Borlaug-Ruan Interns get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in groundbreaking research.

Students selected as delegates for the Global Youth Institute are eligible to apply for the Borlaug Ruan International Internship. 


​​​​​USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowships
A paid summer research or policy placement for college students at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory, agency, or at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. Wallace-Carver Fellows analyze agricultural and economic policy; assist in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. Fellows travel to Washington DC as part of their fellowship for a week-long high-level leadership program hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Students selected as delegates for the Global Youth Institute are eligible to apply for the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowships. 







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