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From designing study abroad courses that broaden our undergraduates' horizons to mentoring foreign students and faculty at home in Virginia, opportunities abound for expanding the research, education, and Extension activities of CALS faculty and staff.

CALS Global Faculty Initiatives

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Global Opportunity Initiative is a cohort-based faculty development program geared towards capacity building, network development, and building teams to pursue global funding initiatives.

CALS will partner with the Global Knowledge Initiative to work with select early-career faculty to simplify complex research challenges, refine their research pitch, build collaboration and networking skills, and network with agencies, NGOs, and contractors active in global engagement.

This intensive experience will involve workshops in Washington, D.C., and Blacksburg, along with a capstone trip to the African Center for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management at Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya.

2019 Fellows

2019 Cohort Schedule at a Glance

  • Kickoff cohort meeting and reception — Dec. 14, 2018
  • Session 1: Washington, D.C., with GKI — Jan. 9-10, 2019
  • Session 2: Campus with CALS Global and GKI — March 1, 2019
  • Session 3: Washington, D.C., with GKI — April 10-12, 2019
  • Pre-departure orientation — May 3, 2019
  • Trip to Kenya — June 7-24, 2019
  • Reading and reflection sessions — twice monthly
  • Celebration — Aug. 23, 2019

The CALS Global Faculty Partnership Initiative is a seed-grant program created to enable CALS faculty to travel internationally to build and advance global partnerships, including research collaborations, student mobility programs, and/or outreach consistent with the missions of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Proposal are accepted in the following four areas: Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems; Healthy People, Animals, and Planet; Global Trade and Food Security; and Thriving People and Communities. 

CALS Global anticipates funding up to 10 awards per year, with calls issued quarterly. For examples of past successful applications, please visit the online faculty resources page, which will require login with a Virginia Tech PID and password.

Recent Awardees

Jactone Ogejo Biological Systems Engineering travel to Kenya
Carlin Rafie Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise travel to Honduras
Samantha Harden Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise travel to Costa Rica
Bastiaan Bargmann Plant and Environmental Science travel to Israel
Gillian Eastwood Entomology travel to England
Sally Entrekin Entomology travel to Mexico
Kiho Lee Animal and Poultry Sciences travel to South Korea
Reza Ovissipour Virginia Seafood AREC travel to Chile
Michael Klemba Biochemistry travel to Finland
Xiaofeng Wang Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science  travel to China


BHEARD’s goal is to increase the number of agricultural scientists and to strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries. This program will support long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master's and doctoral levels and will link scientific and higher-education communities in Feed the Future countries and the United States. Initial countries include Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, and Bangladesh.

Borlaug LEAP offers fellowship grant opportunities to students from sub-Saharan Africa conducting research on topics related to the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. Faculty can mentor fellowship recipients.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service supports agricultural professionals from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies for two- to three-week trainings at U.S. institutions. These programs are designed to  address specific, mutual trade interests in agriculture between the U.S. and the participating foreign professionals. Eligible countries and topics are announced annually by the USDA.

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service supports early- and mid-career professionals from developing and middle-income countries working in agricultural research or policy. These one-on-one mentorships at U.S. institutions, which run from eight to 12 weeks, emphasize collaborative research development and fostering of science-based trade policies in agriculture.

These U.S. State Department reciprocal programs allow foreign students and scholars to work with U.S. institutions in a variety of short- and long-term programs. Applications are sought by country or regional selection processes, and the vast majority of countries are eligible.