Graduate Student Research Opportunity: USDA Food for Progress Sustainability Assessment

The application deadline has passed.

What is included?

  • Two weeks conducting research in-country (Guatemala, Benin or Sri Lanka) 
  • All travel costs (Flights, accommodation, meals and general expenses)
  • International travel insurance
  • Coordination of ITRAAC travel and security process 
  • Scholarship of $2000 per student

Who is eligible?

  • Second-year graduate student or later (highly experienced first-year students will be considered)
  • Strong interest in international and interdisciplinary research 
  • Commitment to cross-cultural and interdisciplinary experiences and perspectives
  • Flexible and creative, able to communicate complex ideas with various groups

What are the expectations/requirements?

  • Reporting requirements will vary by project, but you will be required to work with the PI and a team of three consultants to design data collection methods, conduct work in-country, data analysis and report writing 
  • Create a poster or PowerPoint to present to a group of your choosing upon completion of the project
  • Attend a series of workshops and meetings (monthly) to design research protocols, review in country logistics etc.
  • Complete tasks assigned at meetings, including literature reviews, follow-up interviews, data analysis and other tasks agreed upon by the team
  • Upon return from the field work you will be expected to continue to work with our team on tasks such as report writing, data analysis, etc.
  • Participate in project communications efforts such as writing a blog post, or an update for our email newsletter as well as taking photos during your experience

What are the projects?

Questions and more information

For more information contact SBC Collaborative Research Specialist Britta Hansen at or by phone at (612)-626-3602.


Benin Project Stakman Borlaug Center

For this project we are looking for students with expertise in: Small-scale horticulture, postharvest practices, extension training, and working with farmers associations or cooperatives.  More information >>


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We are looking for students with expertise in: extension systems, agricultural financing for smallholder farmers, small-scale diversified production, and Spanish language. More information >>

Sri Lanka

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We are looking for students with expertise in: Small-scale integrated and organic production of tropical fruits and vegetables, community forestry, small-scale animal husbandry including cattle, goats, chicken and fish and community development. More information >>