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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 2017 Summer Institute will be held June 4-17, 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 deadline for 2017 has passed.]

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance beginning March 22, 2017.

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 ( are particularly encouraged to submit applications.

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

2016 Summer Institute: June 5-17, 2016

U.S. Borlaug Fellows Program

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Graduate Research Fellowship Grant Program

Summer Institute on Global Food Security


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