FFAR Fellows

FFAR Contact

Dr. LaKisha Odom

NC State Contact

FFAR Fellows Program Director

The application period for 2021 is open.

About FFAR Fellows

US food and agricultural systems are regularly experiencing new challenges, including climate change, a growing population and evolving pests and pathogens. Employers need early-career scientists trained to conduct research that helps farms and food systems adapt to these unprecedented changes.

We established the FFAR Fellows Program, with North Carolina State University, to provide career guidance to the next generation of food and agriculture scientists. Unique to this program, we prepare a career ready STEM workforce by breaking down the disciplinary silos and focusing on professional development and soft-skills.

Fellows receive grants to pursue research that aligns with our Challenge Areas. Additionally, students are paired with industry mentors who provide career guidance. This mentorship equips students with the skills needed to facilitate their transition to the workforce and prepare future food and agriculture leaders.

The flagship component of the FFAR Fellows Program is the annual professional development workshop, where fellows participate in professional and interpersonal skills training. These trainings are complimented by a personalized development plan to help students excel in the workforce.

In partnership with a consortium of industry leaders, this $2.7 million grant prepares the agricultural workforce to optimize impact on the future of the industry.

Applying for FFAR Fellows

FFAR Fellows Program funds up to 48 graduate students over three years using an interdisciplinary approach to career readiness. Fellows work with university and industry representatives as well as their peers to conduct urgent research and engage in professional development.

The FFAR Fellows Program is led by the Academic Programs Office at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

How to Apply

Are you interested in our FFAR Fellow program? Learn more about the application process and eligibility requirements on the North Carolina State University website.

FFAR Fellow Cohorts

Year: 2020 - 2023

Year: 2019 - 2022

Year: 2018 - 2021

Want to do more to support our pioneering research?

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.