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Food Systems Institute- Graduate Fellows Program

The Food Systems Institute (FSI) at the University of Florida established the Graduate Fellows Program (GFP) to support the participation of graduate students in research related to food systems.

The program is not meant to fully support research activities but rather to supplement ongoing research. This opportunity is intended to enable graduate students and their faculty mentors advance interdisciplinary work relevant to FSI’s thematic areas, cross-cutting themes, and/or outreach activities, while also helping to build bridges between the institute and local, regional, national, and international partners.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time as graduate students in any program at UF.
  • Proposals must address at least one of the institute’s thematic areas and incorporate relevant cross-cutting approaches. More information on the thematic areas and cross-cutting approaches is available at:
  • Applicants must have the support and commitment of a faculty mentor. It is expected that the faculty member will have an active role in the project and participate in FSI activities.

Program Requirements

During the funding period, students should commit to participate in a variety of non-formal education activities (e.g., workshops, webinars, meetings, etc.) aimed at further developing their knowledge, skills, attitudes, aspirations, and identities as interdisciplinary researchers in food systems – as part of their training, graduate students may have opportunities to participate in grant writing with FSI affiliate faculty.

Faculty mentors should also commit to participate in some of these activities and consider joining the institute. Students and faculty mentors must foster an atmosphere conducive to research integrity and adhere to the established guidelines and procedures for the ethical conduct of research projects.

Funded projects must be completed within a year of the award.

Amount of Award

The anticipated total annual amount available for the GFP is $20,000. FSI expects to fund four to eight students each year, with annual awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per student. The award that a student receives will be commensurate to the relevance and complexity of the project and the quality of the application.

Due Dates

Application deadline: September 30, 2021


Proposal Preparation and Submission

To apply for FSI’s GFP, please submit the following:

  1. Completed GFP Application Form
  2. A short research proposal describing the proposed research project. The proposal must not exceed four double-spaced pages (the font size of written text should not be smaller than 12 point, Times New Roman; font size for tables should be no smaller than 11 point, Times New Roman). The proposal must include the following elements:
      • Project Summary (limited to 200 words; does not count towards the page limit);
      • Problem Statement;
      • Relevance to Food Systems. Indicate the connections to specific Thematic Area(s) and Cross-cutting Approach(es) within FSI. Also describe the intellectual merit of the project;
      • Research Purpose;
      • Research hypotheses/questions and objectives/sub-questions, as applicable;
      • Provide sufficient details regarding cases, sampling, data collection, data analysis, and potential pitfalls, as applicable;
      • Current Progress. If appropriate, include a section describing the progress that has already been made in the study;
      • Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes. Include a brief description of the broader impacts of your project;
      • Timeline;
      • Briefly describe the overall funding needs (and sources, if applicable) of the project. Provide a detailed explanation of how GFP funds will be used; and
      • Justify the feasibility of the project.
  3. Current curriculum vitae (CV).
  4. Unofficial transcript.
  5. A letter of support/commitment from the faculty mentor.
  6. A letter of support from the academic advisor (if different from the faculty mentor)

Submit your package in one PDF file to indicating “FSI Graduate Fellows Program submission” in the subject line.


Please contact Cathy Bester