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Funding Opportunities

A listing of internal and external funding opportunities relevant to graduate students enrolled in the INTAD graduate dual-title program.

Internal Funding Sources

International Agriculture and Development Competitive Grants Program

 The International Agriculture and Development Competitive Grants Program provides an opportunity for graduate students enrolled in the INTAD dual-title degree program to conduct research in an international setting.  The request for application is distributed to the INTAD students in October.  Applications are reviewed and decisions announced in early December. 

Graduate Student Competitive Grant Program

The Graduate Student Competitive Grant Program sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences is open to doctoral candidates advised by College of Agricultural Sciences faculty. This program awards $2,000 for dissertation research conducted by doctoral candidates. The application deadline is the end of October. Applications are reviewed by graduate faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the decisions are announced in early December.

Graduate Student International Research Award

The Graduate Student International Research Award, sponsored by the Penn State University Graduate School, promotes and supports graduate student international research and scholarship that has potential for global impact.  The award is to be used for travel, living expenses, and/or research-related costs (e.g., laboratory or fieldwork supplies; specialized software; costs associated with access to or reproduction of special collections; translation fees; etc.). This award may be combined with other funding sources. Pending receipt of qualified applications, at least one award will be supported annually up to a maximum of $5,000, based upon eligible costs and funding required, as identified in the selected application.

Tag Along Funding

The College of Agricultural Sciences Tag Along Fund Program supports college faculty who are working on international activities and are willing to bring other college faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and cooperative extension personnel with them to research sites or teaching or extension locations overseas. The fund covers travel expenses of the individual(s) traveling with the faculty, the "Tag Alonger." The funds do not support the travel expenses of the faculty applying for the program.

College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards

These travel awards are available to any registered graduate student advised by faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences or in an Inter-College major. The awards are designed to be used for presenting original research at national or international meetings. One travel award per degree is allowed and an oral or poster presentation is required to be eligible for these funds.

Entomology Graduate Program Ralph O. Mumma Graduate Award

This graduate award is named in honor of Ralph O. Mumma, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Quality. The purpose of this award is to honor and recognize outstanding achievements by graduate students at Penn State studying in the areas of Environmental Quality or Plant-Insect Interactions and associated with the Department of Entomology. This award is not limited to Entomology students and may be applicable to Plant Pathology, Soils Science, and Agronomy students.

UOGP Graduate Student Travel Grant

The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) maintains this Graduate Student Travel Grant fund (up to $500) to support graduate travel related to the presentation of the scholarly work of Penn State graduate students at international conferences or other major professional meetings outside the United States. The goal is to promote and support global leadership in scholarship and international engagements. Applications are due by 5 PM on September 15 for travel during the spring semester and February 15 for travel during the summer, fall semester, or winter break.

World Food Prize Scholarship

The Office of International Programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences maintains the World Food Prize Scholarship to provide an opportunity for students to attend the Borlaug Dialogue at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The funding covers the cost of attending the World Food Prize. Look for announcement of the scholarship in early August. The Borlaug Dialogue typically takes place in the second or third week of October. 

External Funding Sources

Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.  Visit the Coverdell Fellows website for more information.

Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant

This Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant is for graduate students who are researching topics in sustainable agriculture that will serve the interests of farmers and agricultural service providers--extension staff, NRCD personnel, and others in the agricultural community. Check out their website for more information about the application process.

The mission of Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) is to advance, to the whole of American agriculture, innovations that improve profitability, stewardship, and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.

AIARD Future Leaders Forum Scholarship

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) administers a competitive scholarship program to nurture and to provide partial financial support to students attending both 1) the AIARD Annual Conference and 2) the annual Future Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a sincere interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions. These scholarships are intended to enhance the students' understanding and appreciation of issues and opportunities in international agriculture and rural development.

U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Securitygraduate research grant program supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying* National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit.

Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service.  Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens.  The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.org.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE Professional internship program scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a summer internship program and scholarship geared toward North American students. RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Professional is an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. The program targets students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, geology, and related disciplines.

RISE Professional is designed for Master's and PhD students as well as recent graduates. Participants are matched with a well-known German company, where they gain insight into the professional applications of science and engineering and develop practical skills. Internships can last from one-and-a-half to six months. This program features a scholarship to cover living expenses. Registration opens in early December. The application deadline is typically set toward the end of January.

Go online to learn more about RISE professional and the application process or email: rise-pro@daad.de<mailto:rise-pro@daad.de>