Hosting a Borlaug Fellow FAQ
How can my U.S.
university/institution host a Borlaug Fellow?
A partner institution should be a public or private
agricultural research institution with experience
implementing international training and
collaborative research programs. The host
institution must also have adequate administrative
capacity for Program logistics, (e.g., visa
applications and clearance, airline tickets, housing,
payment of living allowances, etc.). Host
institutions will be chosen based on availability of
suitable mentors in the fields of study of the
What kinds of housing
accommodations are required for fellows?
Hosts have flexibility in choosing housing
accommodations for fellows. Fellows are
permitted to reside in campus housing, short term
corporate housing, and hotels; however, it is
have cooking facilities in the residence and access to
public transportation. Host institutions
take into account gender and cultural norms, and
accommodations must be safe and clean. In
general, housing should be within walking distance
to the university campus/training location or easily
accessible by public transportation. Basic
necessities, such as sheets, towels and cleaning
supplies (if not already provided), should be
provided for the Fellow’s use during their stay.
Can we purchase additional equipment and supplies
Additional equipment and
supplies may be purchased for the Fellow by
prioritizing expenses within the established budget.
If procurement of additional items are expected to
institution to exceed the budget, prior
authorization must be received by the Borlaug
Fellowship Program Leader.
we extend the length of training after the Fellow
In some circumstances, fellowships may be extended
for fellows to complete research at the request of
the host institution. Extension requests should be communicated to Borlaug
Fellowship Program staff in advance.
Fellow be sent back to his/her home country before
completing the program?
Fellows are expected to participate fully in all
scheduled assignments and abide by university codes
of conduct. If a Fellow fails to uphold their
commitment to the established work plan or breaks
the code of conduct, the fellowship can be
terminated. Any problems should be should be
communicated to Borlaug Fellowship Program staff as
soon as possible.
Can a Fellowship cover a
university research assistant?
The fellowships are intended to provide
opportunities to developing and middle-income
citizens who would not otherwise have a learning
opportunity outside of their home country. Students
already on university assistantships would not fall
into this category.
What's the per diem
rate for the
mentor's follow-up trip?
Foreign per diem
rates for mentor follow-up trips can be found at
U.S. State Department's web site.
See current per diem rates!