Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security
The U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security is an annual 2-week long learning program for graduate students attending U.S. institutions who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security. This introduction to global food security provides students with a working knowledge of these issues, with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. The 2015 Summer Institute was held June 7-19, 2015, on Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The team of instructors (from Purdue and other institutions) includes faculty, practitioners, and policy makers who have expertise across key disciplines in the natural, social, and health sciences and engineering; on-the-ground development experience; and experience with integrated approaches to problem solving. The program includes lectures, case studies, small group discussions, and near-by field trips.
Application materials include an application form, a brief narrative (not to exceed one page) describing your interest in global food security, and a letter of recommendation from your research advisor. [Please Note: The application period for the 2016 Summer Institute will open in December 2015. Check back for more information.]
Enrollment is limited to 40 students. Lodging, meals, and teaching materials are provided to admitted students at no cost. Students are responsible for their travel to and from the Purdue West Lafayette campus. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study and be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time of application. U.S. citizenship is not required. U.S. citizens and students from Feed the Future focus countries (www.feedthefuture.gov) are particularly encouraged to submit applications.
Upon successful completion of the Summer Institute on Global Food Security, qualifying participants are encouraged to apply for a graduate research fellowship grant from the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program.
See photos, schedules, speakers, and participants from our past Summer Institutes:
2012 Summer Institute: July 8-21, 2012
2013 Summer Institute: May 28 - June 8, 2013
2014 Summer Institute: June 8-20, 2014
2015 Summer Institute: June 7-19, 2015
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