AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative

The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (formerly the AFRI Fellowships Program) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. The Initiative educates professionals to lead agriculture into the future by solving current and future challenges facing our society.

General Information

The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) targets talented, highly-motivated undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students that demonstrate remarkable promise and the potential to become exceptional education, extension, and research professionals in the United States. This grant program provides fellowships to undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students in the agricultural sciences. The program's goals are to:

  1. Promote research and extension experiential learning for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agriculture workforce with exceptional skills. 
  2. Prepare the next generation of scientists through doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. Funded projects will encompass the AFRI Challenge Area and AFRI Foundational Programs, through well-developed and highly engaged mentoring and training activities. 
Program Type: 
Grant Program
Contact: 
Ray A. Ali

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