International Fellowship Programs

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Programs:

Faculty Exchange Program

The Faculty Exchange Program (FEP) enhances the teaching ability of agricultural educators from institutions of higher learning in developing countries. Participants come to the United States for one academic semester (4 months) to acquire new knowledge and enhance their ability to teach and build curricula at the university level. Since 1995, the program has provided training opportunities for hundreds of agricultural educators across the developing world. Program alumni play an integral role in training the next generation of scientists and policymakers to better understand the global agricultural marketplace and support science-based trade policies.

Led by Marcy Souza (UT CVM)

In Fall of 2023 UTIA is hosting ten FEP Fellows from the Philippines with each fellow paired with a mentor on campus. We welcome the following fellows:

Led by Marcy Souza (UT CVM)

In Fall 2022, UTIA hosted nine FEP Fellows from East Africa with each Fellow paired with a mentor on campus. We welcomed the following fellows:

Scientific Exchange Program

The Scientific Exchange Program (SEP) promotes trade, trade policy, trade capacity building, and food security. The program aims to educate a new generation of agricultural scientists, increase scientific knowledge and collaborative research, and extend knowledge to users and intermediaries in the international agricultural marketplace. USDA may also use the program as a market development tool to assist in opening markets and decreasing or eliminating trade barriers, which ultimately increases and creates new opportunities for U.S. agricultural exports. Candidates must hold a minimum of a master’s-level degree, be in the early or middle stage of their career, and represent a university, government agency or research entity in their home country.

Led by Marcy Souza (UT CVM)

In the Fall, UTIA hosted five SEP Fellows from Kenya, and each Fellow is paired with an on-campus mentor. We welcomed the following fellows to Knoxville, August – November 2022, with reciprocal visits completed by the UT faculty mentors in June 2023:

Borlaug Fellowship Program

The Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to fellows from developing and middle-income countries. Borlaug Fellows are generally scientists, researchers, or policymakers who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Each Fellow works one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center, or government agency, usually for 8-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration. Fellows may also attend professional conferences and events within their field, such as the annual World Food Prize Symposium.

In the Fall, UTIA hosted two Borlaug Fellows, both mentored by Bonnie Ownley, professor and assistant department head in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. We were pleased to welcome the following fellows:

Cochran Fellowship Program

The Cochran Fellowship Program provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies. The goals are to help eligible countries develop agricultural systems necessary to meet the food and fiber needs of their domestic populations; and to strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural interests in the United States. Fellows receive hands-on training to enhance their technical knowledge and skills in areas related to agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and marketing.

Led by Dave Ader

A delegation of five Cochran Fellows from Cambodia toured Tennessee in August 2022 to learn more about how to measure, track and disseminate information about grain production. We were pleased to welcome the following fellows:

  • Te Bunleang
  • In Chantha
  • Meach Yady
  • Khy Youkheng
  • Kong Kea

Led by Andrew Muhammad

UTIA hosted seven fellows from East Africa for a program that focused on learning about production, regulatory standards, trade and policy for the beer, wine and spirit industry. We are pleased to welcome the following fellows:

  • Eglay Aura
  • Gladys Kattam
  • James Kinuthia
  • Mercy Mureithi
  • Susan Gity
  • Victoria Mulu-Munywoki
  • Caroline Nguhi Kamau (FAS attaché for Nairobi)