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Supporting Faculty

CALS Global supports the global aspirations of our faculty by building partnerships abroad, building individual capacity for global engagement, and providing seed grants to enable faculty to pursue global opportunities.


Funding Opportunities for Faculty

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    CALS Global Opportunity Initiative

    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.

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    CALS Global Seed Grant Opportunities for Faculty

    Browse opportunities curated for CALS faculty looking to submit proposals to advance global partnerships, develop a proof of concept, and revise existing courses to create international engagement opportunities.

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    Fellowship Opportunities for CALS Faculty

    CALS faculty can apply for two opportunities for furthering global engagement as CALS Global Faculty Scholars and GAP Research Fellows.

Opportunities Beyond CALS

Other Resources for Faculty

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.


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    Sowing Seeds of Sustainability in Senegal , redirect

    THIEWLE, SENEGAL — Aissit Deme slips off her sandals and sits with the other women escaping the 101-degree heat under the palm-thatched open-air hut, their feet forming concentric circles of henna-dyed artistry. They just came in from harvesting mung beans in the fields, where their dresses looked like a box of crayons exploded onto the green landscape as they quickly plucked the beans from the knee-high plants.

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    Global Opportunity Initiative 2021
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    The Global Opportunity Initiative (GOI) is CALS Global’s cohort-based faculty development program geared towards capacity building, network development, systems thinking, and building teams to pursue global initiatives, and has been available to CALS faculty during 2018, 2019, and 2021. The theme of the third offering of GOI was “strengthening food systems for food security, health, and community vitality “.

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    CALS Global Welcomes Johanna Cricenti
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    In October 2021, Johanna Cricenti joined CALS Global as a Grants Specialist to seek new international research and outreach opportunities and support faculty in proposal and program development.