2022 AIARD Future Leaders Forum Application

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) administers a competitive fellowship program to nurture and provide networking opportunities to students attending: 1) the AIARD Annual Conference and 2) the annual Future Leaders Forum, both hosted virtually this year. The AIARD Future Leader Fellowships (FLF) are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a sincere interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions. The fellowship program has the following objectives:

• Identify and bring together an interdisciplinary yearly cohort of promising students who demonstrate interest and/or experience in devoting their careers to international agriculture and rural development.
• Provide Fellows with the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with other Fellows, key agencies and international partners.
• Support the career and research objectives of the Fellows through long-term relationships with AIARD and the Future Leader Fellow alumni group.
• Enhance the Fellows’ understanding and appreciation of issues and opportunities in international agriculture and rural development.

To be eligible for the AIARD Future Leader Fellows Program, a student must:

• Demonstrate a commitment to the mission and objectives of AIARD in addressing challenges and prospects for global food security, international agriculture and rural development.
• Be enrolled in a U.S. university;
• Be in Good Academic Standing;
• Show interest in research, coursework and a career related to international agriculture and rural development.

All application materials are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Friday, April 29th, 2022. Final announcements of Fellows will be made by May 16th and honored at the virtual, 2021 AIARD Annual Conference from June 5-8, 2022.

Again, everyone is welcome to attend the virtual AIARD Annual Conference. We welcome your engagement and active involvement in making this year our best conference yet. Additional information about the conference will be forthcoming. Stay tuned to AIARD’s website (www.aiard.info) and social media (Twitter @aiardorg; LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/aiard/) for updates.

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Personal information
Please fill out this form as accurately and completely as possible.
Name *
Phone number *
Address *
University Attending *
Student Type *
Discipline/Field(s) of Study *
Have you ever been an AIARD Future Leader Fellow? (Fellows from previous cohorts are not eligible to reapply.) *
How did you learn about the FLF? *
Application questions
Please provide thoughtful responses to the following questions. Responses to all questions are required except for 1b, which is optional.
1. A. Please list or describe your international experience. (150-250 words) *
B. (Optional) Please describe your interest and/or experience in issues relating to this year’s conference theme, “Big Data for Development: Innovations in Digital Agriculture." (100-200 words)
2. Please list any academic/professional awards or honors that you have received, which you feel are relevant to this AIARD FLF application. *
4. Please describe the value and benefit you would receive by participating in the Future Leaders Forum. (100-200 words) *
3. Please write a brief statement of your career interests and goals to include any international aspirations. (200-300 words) *
If I am selected, I am willing to give a short presentation and/or present a poster of my research or area of interest during the virtual conference. *
If I am selected, I am willing to write one post for the AIARD blog on a topic related to my research and interest area as requested by AIARD. *
I am committed to the mission of AIARD and I am willing to support the mission through a volunteer activity within one year of receiving the award. This activity could include: serving on one of AIARD’s sub-committees for a period of one year (see list of committees below – please note that the committees meet virtually); hosting a campus event to inform other students and faculty about AIARD’s mission and purpose; serving as a campus point-of-contact in recruiting FLF applicants for the next year’s competition; or, an activity I may propose to AIARD subject to approval by the AIARD Executive Committee. AIARD Subcommittees: Communications, Alumni Relations & Membership, Conference Planning, Future Leaders Forum, Awards, Finance *
Thank you!
Final announcements of Fellows will be made on May 16, 2022 and honored at the June 2022 yearly AIARD conference.
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