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2011 USDA E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship Program

The USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program office is pleased to announce that the application for the 2011 USDA E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship Program is now open. The deadline to submit an application is February 4, 2011.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from HSIs the opportunity to work collaboratively with USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. This uniquely tailored experience brings together HSI staff and federal executives to address the spectrum of challenges faced in the development of a well prepared Hispanic workforce. Fellows spend two to three weeks in Washington, D.C. to increase their understanding of USDA and other federal agencies, particularly at the national level, and be able to identify mutual collaborative interests.  Applicants must be faculty or staff at an Hispanic-Serving Institution or High School to qualify.

Available Fellowships:

Education Fellowship/High School Education Fellowship:

Education fellows experience first-hand the education policymaking process and build linkages to research and funding opportunities. In addition to meeting with USDA personnel, fellows connect with other federal agencies and organizations such as the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Education fellows contribute and develop their skills in the following areas:
  • Student outreach and retention;
  • Career opportunities – internships, scholarships, full time employment;
  • Graduate programs;
  • Grants and funding opportunities;
  • Partnerships development; and
  • Government relations.
Science Fellowship:
Science Fellows collaborate with leading scientists from USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - one of the world's premier scientific organizations. Participants learn about state-of-the-art agricultural research that solves problems affecting Hispanic Americans and the rest of our nation on a daily basis. Fellows share their expertise with students at their respective institutions – motivating Hispanic students to pursue careers in agriculture, science, research, and technology. Science fellows are selected based on the needs and interests of HSIs and USDA-ARS. Participants attend a one-week mandatory orientation in Washington, D.C., in addition to collaborating with an ARS Research Center within the country.

Application Requirements:

Letter of Reference:  Please provide the contact information for an individual at your institution who can attest to your professional abilities (Chair, Department Head, Dean, etc.). This individual should be someone who currently supervises you.
Statement of Institutional Support:  A statement provided by your Institution's President or HSI Officer stating their commitment to pay salary and benefits during your participation in this program.
Resume:  Upload a one to two page resume including educational and professional accomplishments.
Essay: A 500-800 word essay describing your interest in USDA and how you envision the fellowship will impact you, your university's program and your work with your institution's / community's Hispanic population. Also describe how you plan to share information acquired during your fellowship with colleagues, students and other interested individuals.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline:
February 4, 2011
Deadline for Supporting Documentation (Letter of Reference/Statement of Institutional Support):
February 4, 2011
Fellowships are awarded:
March 2011
Travel to Washington, DC:
June 26, 2011
Program Begins:
June 27, 2011
Education Fellowship:
June 27 - July 16, 2011
Mandatory Orientation June 27-July 9, Fellow may select departure date during flexible third week, through July 16, depending on the fellow's interests and plans.

High School (Education) Fellowship:
June 27 - July 9, 2011
Mandatory Orientation June 27-July 9

Science Fellowship:
June 27 - July 30, 2011
Mandatory Orientation in Washington, DC June 27-July 2.  Fellow will then be placed at Research Lab for between 2-4 additional weeks, depending on interests and plans of fellow.  Latest possible end date for lab posting is July 30.

If you are interested in submitting an application, you can go to http://www.usdahsifellows.org/applications/. For more information about the program and the USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program please visit http://www.hsi.usda.gov/HSIs/fellowship.htm.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Ruby S. De La Garza
Regional Director- Texas
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Hispanic-Serving Insitutions National Program
Office: 956.665.7436
Cell: 956.587.2656