World Food Prize student scholarship - apply now!

Posted: August 6, 2014

The Office of International Programs, together with the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, in the College of Agricultural Sciences is excited to announce sponsorship to the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.

This serves as an opportunity for two undergraduate students and two graduate students to receive funding towards the costs of attending the World Food Prize, October 15-17, 2014.


Eligibility is restricted to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in the International Agriculture (INTAG) minor or graduate students who are currently enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title graduate degree program.

Note: Students who receive funding once under this program will not be eligible to apply again to this program in future years.


Due Dates and Funding Decisions

Electronically submit (in one PDF file) your application to Dr. Tom Gill, Office of International Programs:, by 5p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Only applications that are received by the deadline will be considered and evaluated. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of CAS faculty and decisions will be announced by September 3 in order to meet the World Food Prize student registration deadline of October 1.


Application Package

Application packages should include the following items, in order, and be emailed (no hard copies please) as one PDF file to, at:

I: Proposal: Limit to 400 words. Discuss the contribution that your attendance at the World Food Prize will make to:

I.                   further Penn State’s role in the international community,

II.                enhancing the INTAG or INTAD program,

III.             advancing yourself and your future career goals.

II: Curriculum Vita (résumé): Two-page maximum.

III: One letter of reference, preferably from a faculty member at Penn State.


Awards under this scholarship program will cover the following expenses only, up to a maximum of $1,000:

1)      Roundtrip flight costs from State College, PA to Des Moines, IA.

2)      Registration at the World Food Prize at the discounted student rate (prior to Oct 1) of $99.

3)      Lodging and meals for up to 3 nights in Des Moines, IA (students may look/opt to share rooms to save on lodging costs).

4)      Airport transfers.


Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:

·         Estimated impact of the student’s attendance at the event upon: 1) furthering Penn State’s role in the international community; 2) enhancing the INTAG or INTAD program(s) 3) the applicant and his/her future career goals/prospects.

·         Clarity of expression and writing style.


Successful applicants will be asked to share about their experiences at the World Food Prize events at an International Programs seminar/event later in the Fall semester.



Please contact Dr. Tom Gill at: or 814-865-8309null814-865-8309.

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