Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) for sub-Saharan African students.(20,000 USD Research Grant)

Application Deadline : March 31st 2015

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) is currently accepting applications from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government’s global hunger initiative — Feed the Future.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the Feed the Future initiative are admissible.

The Borlaug LEAP offers fellowships to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines.  The program supports engaging a mentor at a US university and a CGIAR center.

Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential, have a well coordinated proposal between their home university, a US university mentor, and the CGIAR mentor, and whose research has relevance to the national development of the student’s home country or region.


Who is eligible to apply?
An eligible candidate for a Borlaug LEAP fellowship must be

  • a citizen of a USAID-assisted country.  Currently we are only accepting applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Applicants cannot hold citizenship or permanent residency in the US and/or any non-USAID assisted country. This includes applicants with dual citizenship.
  • currently enrolled as an MS or PhD student at a US or sub-Saharan Africa developing country university. Candidates must maintain student status for the duration of the fellowship.
  • fluent in reading, writing and speaking English (with a TOEFL score 500 or above). Applicants currently enrolled in an English-speaking university are not required to take the TOEFL.

In addition, eligible candidates will have

  • completed at least one year of graduate level course work in the graduate program the applicant is currently enrolled in with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • a thesis-topic related to agricultural development and related fields. Title XII legislation broadly defines agriculture as:

“…the science and practice of activity related to food, feed, and fiber production, processing, marketing, distribution, utilization, and trade, and also includes family and consumer sciences, nutrition, food science and engineering, agricultural economics and other social sciences, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, aquaculture, floriculture, veterinary medicine, and other environmental and natural resources sciences.”

Successful candidates must:

  • agree to return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years following graduation.
  • remain enrolled as an MS or PhD student and have student status at their university for the duration of their fellowship.
  • See Conditions of Training for more information


The award level is US$20,000 for a maximum of one year. The funds are administered as a grant to the US university mentor. Grant funds can be used to support a variety of research needs including student’s travel to the research site, research support at the CGIAR or US university, and US faculty member travel to the research site to mentor the student in collaboration with a CGIAR scientist.  Funds should not be used to pay tuition or salaries.

The Fellowship

The program supports internships for up to 12 months. Internships can be at the CGIAR, US graduate-level university or a combination of appropriate institutions. Students are encouraged to creatively plan an internship that best suits their educational needs and circumstances.  A minimum of three months should be spent at any one location.



2015 Fall Borlaug LEAP Fellowship (1 August 2015 through 30 September 2015)

  • 31 March 2015
    Application Deadline
    Applications must be SUBMITTED online by 11:59 PM (PST).
  • April 2015
    Applicants are notified of semi-finalist status
    Additional documents are submitted and budgets are finalized
  • May 2015
    Finalists are selected and interviews scheduled
  • June 2015
    Borlaug LEAP Fellows are announced
  • 1 August 2015
    Start date for 2015 Fall Borlaug LEAP Fellowship
  • 30 September 2016
    End date for 2015 Fall Borlaug LEAP Fellowship

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program 


One response to “Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) for sub-Saharan African students.(20,000 USD Research Grant)”

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    Tamiru Tadesse

    realy Thank you. I am Tamiru Tadesse . and from Addis Ababa(Ethiopia) I am happy if I will got the scholarship in PhD at any development agenda to serve my home country Ethiopia.

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