Faculty Exchange Program for Academic Professionals in the field of Veterinary Medicine

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) is
excited to announce the solicitation of applications for the Faculty Exchange Program (FEP).


The FEP enhances the teaching ability of agricultural educators from institutions of higher
learning in developing countries. 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.


This program will pair early to mid-career academic professionals in the field of veterinary
science and medicine from African nations with U.S.-based colleagues and institutions to
develop and implement up-to-date curricula for their students and universities. The program aims
to promote the development of sound science policy, teaching, and research techniques in
veterinary medicine. Participants will travel 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, followed by a post-program visit by their U.S. mentor to the fellow’s home
institution. The U.S. portion of the program is tentatively scheduled to take place January to May
2023 (COVID-dependent).


Applications are due no later than June 15, 2022.
In-person or virtual interviews with
applicants are tentatively scheduled to take place in July and August 2022. Final selection of
participants will be made by a USDA committee in Washington, D.C. Please reach out to
AgPretoria@usda.gov for more information and to receive an application packet.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Early to mid-career college/university faculty member
  • Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English. All aspects of the program will
    take place in English. FEP does not allow interpreters.
  • Applicants must be in good health and, if accepted, will be required to have a physical exam
    prior to traveling to the United States.
  • The applicant’s university must be willing to continue to pay the participant’s salary while
    they take part in the program and to guarantee continued employment upon return.
  • Upon completion of the U.S. portion of the program, the applicant must be willing to return
    to their university to teach for a minimum of 2 years

Academic background in order of preference:

  • Applicants have earned a DVM plus an MSc or PhD in an area of specialization and be
    actively teaching at one of the colleges of veterinary medicine in an Africa country.
  • Applicants have earned a DVM and be actively teaching at one of the colleges of veterinary
    medicine in Africa.
  • Applicants have earned a PhD in a biological science and be actively teaching at one of the
    Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in Africa.
  • Applicants have earned an MSc in a biological science and be actively teaching at one of the
    Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in Africa.

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