National Needs Fellowship Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture is offering the National Needs Fellowship Program at New Mexico State University. 1 MS and 1 PhD Fellowship in Chemical Engineering 1 MS and 1 PhD Fellowship in Plant & Environmental Sciences are available. The fellows should have ability to increase the diversity within the fellow cohort and broader agricultural workforce.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), part of the executive branch of the Federal Government.


  • Fellows must be U.S. citizens
  • Have completed a B.S. or M.S. in chemical engineering, agronomy, soil science, environmental sciences, or related majors such as chemistry, biology, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, civil engineering, etc
  • Applicants must be ready to begin their full-time MS or PhD studies at NMSU in January 2016, May 2016, or August 2016

How to Apply:

For applying the fellowship the candidates must fill the fellowship entry form. The link is:

Supporting Documents:

  • Unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts
  • Unofficial GRE scores
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement describing previous research, internship, and service experiences, highlighting interdisciplinary experiences and communication abilities (up to 2 pages)
  • Statement describing research and career interests related to sustainable agriculture and biomass utilization (up to 2 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent directly to with the applicant’s name included in the email subject line)

Submitting Details:

Applicants can submit the application form and supporting documents to

Award Amount:

  • MS fellowships include two years of stipend support at $22,000 per year
  • PhD fellowships include three years of stipend support at $24,500 per year

Application Deadline:

The complete application packet must be submitted on or before November 1, 2015.

Link for More Information:

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