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2017 Borlaug Fellowships


The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces the availability of funding through cost reimbursable agreements for the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program). These Fellows have been competitively selected based on research priorities, academic and professional accomplishments, commitment to Borlaug Fellowship Program goals, and leadership qualities. The Fellow’s proposal and research plan appears at the end of this notice. USDA recommends that the program begin in the fall of 2017; however, priority should be given to a time that is appropriate for the Fellow’s proposed research topic. The program’s duration should be 12 weeks unless otherwise indicated.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2017 @ 11:59 PM EDT


2017 Borlaug Euraisa REI

  • Fellow #1 (Ukraine, M): Study the sour cherry S-locus alleles for breeding new high-yield self-compatible varieties and fruit production, clarify the S-locus alleles in the most important and promising self-incompatible and partially self-compatible cultivars.
  • Fellow #2 (Ukraine, M): Risk analysis, epidemiology and diagnostic methods of Johne’s disease (cattle para tuberculosis) in Ukraine.
  • Fellow #3 (Turkey, M): GMO technology from production to marketing with an emphasis on risk perception, assessment and management of GMOs.  Exposure to methods of plant bio-fortification using GE.
  • Fellow #4 (Georgia, F): Campylobacter risk analysis/assessment and surveillance/testing programs, laboratory diagnostic methods, HACCP systems used in poultry processing plants, and campylobacter resistance to antibiotics.

Africa Plant Health

2017 Borlaug Africa Plant Health REI

  • Fellow #1 (Kenya, F): Use of genomics and bioinformatic tools to characterize the viruses causing Maize Lethal necrosis disease in Kenya.
  • Fellow #2 (Burkina Faso, F): Improve efficiency and profitability of fertilizer use within the framework of Integrated Soil Fertility Management practices for smallholder farmers.
  • Fellow #3 (Burkina Faso, M): Develop linear programming based decision support tool for fertilizer use in Burkina Faso.
  • Fellow #4 (Morocco, M): Investigation of biological control of citrus leaf miner.
  • Fellow #5 (South Africa, F): Use of single inbred and multi inbred lines to stabilize beneficial traits of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) explored for biological control of insect pests.
  • Fellow #6 (South Africa, M): Determine the roles of phyto-hormones in the initiation and/or perpetuation of alternate bearing in citrus. The outcomes of his research will allow citrus produces to obtain more consistent yields from year to year.
  • Fellow #7 (Kenya, F): Determining the distribution of Maize chlorotic mottle virus within maize seed infected with isolates from Hawaii and East Africa for improvement of maize seed health testing and treatment.

Africa Animal Health and Nutrition

2017 Borlaug Africa Animal Health and Nutrition REI

  • Fellow #1 (Uganda, M): In-depth investigation of the epidemiology of Rift Valley Fever
    outbreak in Kabale district, Uganda.
  • Fellow #2 (South Africa, F): Potential use of cryopreservation and reproductive
    technologies for South African indigenous pigs
  • Fellow #3 (South Africa, F): The aim of the study is to evaluate the effects of various
    enzymes on the efficiency of broilers to utilize high fiber diets to enhance gut health, optimize
    nutrient utilization efficiency and body weight gains.
  • Fellow #4 (Uganda, F): Molecular characterization and phylogeny of brucella isolates from
    recent animal disease surveillance program in Uganda.

Africa Climate Smart Agriculture

2017 Borlaug Africa Climate Smart Agriculture REI

  • Fellow #1 (Senegal, M): Identify Quantitative Trait Loc (QTLs) associated with agronomic and drought resistant traits and investigate the contribution of wild alleles for trait improvement in groundnuts (peanuts).
  • Fellow #2 (Tunisia, F): Molecular and biochemical indicators of salt tolerance in citrus scion/rootstock combinations; ideally finding ones resistant to Citrus Tristerza Virus (CTV) as a secondary research objective.
  • Fellow #3 (Tunisia, F); ; Optimization of irrigation water management in citrus orchards under changing climate conditions using precision agriculture tools.

Asia and Latin America Biotechnology

2017 Asia & Latin America Biotechnology REI

  • Fellow #1, (India, F): Technology and breeding tools for pest reduction.
  • Fellow #2, (Sri Lanka, F): Focusing on high-yield, stress-resistant varieties of crops (red onion).
  • Fellow #3, (Indonesia, M): Gene expression and mapping of coconut/sugar palm.
  • Fellow #4, (Malaysia, M): Genetic marker for high growth rate of goats.
  • Fellow #5, (Vietnam, F): Improving cattle production; taste and texture of meat.
Latin America
  • Fellow #1, (Costa Rica, M): Developing a transient expression system for analysis of resistance genes against coffee rust.
  • Fellow #3, (Mexico, F): Characterize the genetic diversity of at least 40 accessions of threatened wild peppers.
  • Fellow #4, (Mexico, F): Manage corn as breeding, inbred to sequence DNA and protein extraction.
  • Fellow #5, (Panama, M): Develop genetic diversity of rust fungus across infected coffee crops.


Please click here for more information on research priorities for Borlaug Fellowships by country.