Agricultural Economics Fellow
New for 2021, Farm Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity for an outstanding early-career agricultural economist to join our team for one year as our first Agricultural Economics Fellow.
About the Fellowship
The Agricultural Economics Fellowship is a new program designed to nurture emerging leaders, and will provide a post-Ph.D. agricultural economist with a unique yearlong opportunity to be mentored and mentor, provide thought leadership through publications and speaking appearances, expand their network, manage high-visibility projects and elevate their stature and reputation in the food and agricultural sectors.
Expectations and Opportunities for the Agricultural Economics Fellow
- Participate and engage in Farm Foundation programs or events (e.g., attend or participate in relevant conferences)
- Produce several short written pieces (such as blog posts)
- Write at least one issue paper on sustainable agricultural production, which may cover topics including but not limited to animal or crop production, regenerative agriculture, climate and/or carbon-related issues such as knowledge gaps related to carbon sequestration and GHG mitigation options
- Attend the Farm Foundation Round Table meetings in June 2021 (virtual) and January 2022 (tentatively planned for Delray Beach, Florida)
- Network and be mentored by staff in USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist, with at least six meetings anticipated
- Mentor and meet with participants in the Farm Foundation and USDA Economic Research Service Ag Scholars program on a recurring basis
- Mentor and meet with other participants in Farm Foundation’s suite of next generation programs as time and opportunities allow
Program Term and Stipend
The Agricultural Economics Fellowship is a 12-month, part-time engagement from May 2021 through April 2022. The selected Ag Econ Fellow will earn a $35,000 stipend, payable based upon meeting agreed-upon deliverables, as well as a $5,000 allowance for travel, supplies and technology support. All work, with the exception of potential travel, can be completed remotely; relocation is not required.
Who Should Apply
Qualified applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics or a related field and be practicing in the field, either as a faculty member or in another public or private role. We are especially interested in applicants with research interest or experience in sustainable agricultural production and trade.
Applications are due April 9, 2021 and can be submitted at the link below. Applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or mentor. Applications must include:
- Name of nominator (if applicable)
- Applicant name, institution, title/rank, e-mail and phone
- Name, title and e-mail for one academic reference
- CV and cover letter submitted as attachments, detailing the applicant’s commitment and availability to participate in the program, research interest and experience in sustainable ag production and trade, and a proposal for how the applicant might shape the program (e.g., topics or approach for blog posts, ideas for workshops or other program activities)
Approximately one week following the application deadline, two to three finalists will be identified and invited to interview with Farm Foundation and other experts. The final successful applicant will be expected to begin work with Farm Foundation no later than May 3, 2021.