Borel Global Fellows Program 2024

Deadline: 15th of January, 2023

For the Borel Global Fellows Program 2024, applications are now being accepted. Students from Sub-Saharan Africa are given financial assistance by Iowa State University’s Borel Global Fellows Program to pursue graduate studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Through training scientists at Iowa State University who will become knowledge leaders who live and operate in Sub-Saharan Africa, the initiative aims to help end food and nutrition insecurity while improving prosperity and health for subsistence farmers in the region.


  • Up to $25,000 per year per student of funding is available to support graduate student stipends (or a combination of a partial stipend and research funding) for up to 30 months for MS students and up to 42 months for PhD students. Funding for travel by the student and advisor to and from Africa for research purposes is also available.


All faculty members with a majority appointment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University may submit an application for partial graduate student funding. To be considered for the Borel Global Fellows Program, the student must:

  • be admitted into a graduate program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
  • be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • commit to completing graduate studies as a means for preparing of a career contributing to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • complete the majority of their graduate research in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • demonstrate an intention to work and live in Sub-Saharan Africa after completing their graduate studies.


A completed application will include a cover letter from the major professor, a CV of the student, and a copy of the student’s goal statement. Due date each year: January 15. Cover letters will address the commitment of the major professor to provide the remaining required funding (typically tuition, fees, and research costs) and his or her commitment to support the student’s research in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Submit the application to Dr. David Acker, Associate Dean for Global Engagement, dacker@iastate.edu

Click here to apply 

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