Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP)

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The Borlaug LEAP is a fellowship program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 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 as defined by Title XII. LEAP is part of the overall Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program sponsored by the USDA.

The LEAP program will support engaging a mentor at a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards will be 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 is related to a strong research and support project within the host country. Emphasis will be placed on work that has relevance to the national development of the student’s home country. Awards will be made three times a year but applications may be received at any time. The focus region for the current Request for Applications (RFA) is sub-Saharan Africa. There are currently two Request for Applications:

  1. Focus region for the ongoing RFA is Sub-Saharan Africa. All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) are admissible. Due date: on-going with the next administrative deadline is August 8th, 2007.
  2. Focus region for the special RFA is all USAID-assisted countries. All topics related to animal agriculture and related topics of human nutrition, economic growth, environment and policy. Due date: August 8th, 2007.

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