USDA/FAS Scientist Exchange Program (Botswana)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) is excited to announce the availability of a fellowship for a Botswanan scientist through the Scientific Exchange Program (SEP).

SEP supports USDA’s agricultural research goals of promoting collaborative programs among agricultural professionals of eligible countries, agricultural professionals of the United States, the international agricultural research system, and U.S. entities conducting research. USDA/FAS is seeking a Botswanan scientist who will be a good fit for a 12-week fellowship implemented by Louisiana States University with a focus on soil science and waste management with a focus on soil science and waste management with a concentration on phytoremediation and rehabilitation of contaminated soils from industrialization . This research fellowship will focus on:

  • Establishing an integrated nutrient management and conservation practice for semi-arid conditions to enhance field crop productivity, improve soil health, and reduce risk of nutrient losses from agricultural land; and eligibility/application
  • Evaluating the feasibility of implementing nutrient decision tool(s) based on crop needs combined with cover cropping system on the most prevalent field production crop systems in Botswana.

The SEP fellowship will cover roundtrip airfare from Botswana, all domestic travel expenses in
the United States, housing for the duration of the program, public transportation costs (if required
to access campus/training location from housing location), a meal and living allowance for the
duration of the fellowship, and emergency health insurance.

Applications are due no later than June 17, 2022. Please reach out to AgPretoria@usda.gov
for more information and to receive an application packet.

Eligibility Requirements – candidates will be evaluated, interviewed, and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Citizen of Botswana
  • Good reading, writing, and speaking skills in English
  • Master’s degree or higher with at least two years of practical experience (minimum)
  • Currently employed by a university, research institution, or other scientific institution in Botswana
  • Intention to continue working in Botswana for a minimum of two years following the return from the United States
  • Researcher with a clear connection to soil fertility management
  • Proposal directly related to the research topic

Application Requirements:

  • PAPER application form
  • Program proposal and research action plan
  • Signed approval from applicant’s home institution
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional preferred)
  • Copies of diploma(s) for college/university degree(s) received
  • Copy of passport identification page

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