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Food and Society Policy Fellowships for 2004-2005

  • Subject: [cg] Food and Society Policy Fellowships for 2004-2005
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 19:35:04 -0500
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From: Richard P. Haynes [mailto:rhaynes@phil.ufl.edu]

APPLICATION DEADLINE - February 25, 2004

The Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute is pleased to announce a request
for applications for the 2004-2005 class of Food and Society Policy Fellows.
This is a national program of part-time, one-year professional fellowships
offered to improve communications about food and agriculture issues in the
U.S.  Three classes of fellowship awards have previously been made, with the
fourth class of fellows to begin their duties on September 1, 2004.  Primary
fellowship support comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Program Overview
The Food and Society Policy Fellows program addresses the need for consumers
and society leaders to better understand the issues and challenges
associated with sustaining family farms and food production in the U.S.
today.  Fellows use media, scholarship, public education and outreach to
promote change in the policies and structures that shape the U.S. food
system. With our fourth fellowship class, we are seeking fellows who can
develop communication pieces that address the connections between youth,
diet, health, and how our food is produced.  Within this fellowship theme,
examples of relevant topics include farm-to-school programs, community food
systems, and the role of food choices in youth obesity.  For more
information on the program visit the website: www.foodandsocietyfellows.org.

Applicants should be U.S. residents actively involved in a professional
career that involves two or more of the following:  agriculture, health
promotion, youth development, food production, and/or policy analysis.  Past
fellowship recipients have included university professors, nutrition
educators, and staff at non-profit organizations working on food and
agriculture issues.  Farmers or ranchers with a strong interest and
experience in communicating about how to foster healthy youth through the
production of healthy food are also encouraged to apply.

Please note the following:
       Individuals involved in education, research, or program development
in food and agriculture will receive preference over        full-time
communications professionals.
        Early career professionals (defined as 35 years of age or younger)
will receive preference for half of this class's     fellowship slots (about
eight fellowships are expected to be awarded).

The Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute (Columbia, MO) administers the
fellowship in partnership with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade
Policy (Minneapolis, MN).  Fellows carry out their activities in their
existing workplace or residence and are expected to gain release time from
their current job duties.  During their fellowship period, fellows will be
expected to generate a variety of communication pieces on the theme
identified above.  Fellows can also emphasize the policy component of the
fellowship through participation in policy forums or other relevant
conferences (note: the fellowship does not provide travel support beyond
fellowship training and organizational meetings).   Fellows in the fourth
class will work both independently and cooperatively with other fellows to
create a communications impact.  Some communications activities will be for
a general consumer audience, but others will be more targeted, including
pieces aimed at youth educators, school administrators, and relevant policy

During their fellowship program, fellows can expect to have networking
opportunities with other fellows in the program from across the country.
Each fellow will have the opportunity to impact a broad range of other
institutions and organizations through their communications activities.

A stipend of $30,000  for one year is provided to cover income support for
approximately 50% time commitment to the fellowship program.  For salaried
individuals, the stipend amount will be paid to the individual's employer to
compensate for partial salary and benefits.  Exact time commitment is
negotiable, but previous fellows have typically committed 50% of their time.

Fellowship recipients will be required to do a modest amount of travel in
conjunction with the program, including participation in two multi-day
training and orientation sessions.  The first of these training sessions
will be September 20-23, 2004.  Travel expenses to these fellowship events
will be covered in full.  No other travel will be paid by the program.  No
separate funding is available for incidental office expenses.

Application Guidelines
Applications for the 2004-2005 Food and Society Policy Fellows program will
be accepted starting January 5, 2004 and due by February 25, 2004.  Please
note that fellowships are intended to cover writing and other media-oriented
activities; individuals requesting funding to develop or write a book will
not be funded.  The following materials should be included in your
application packet:

       cover letter (2 to 3 pages) outlining why you want to be a FAS
Policy Fellow and what you plan to do accomplish as a    2004-05 class
member (if you are 35 or under at the time of application, identify yourself
as an early career applicant in      your cover letter)
     resume highlighting background  and relevant experience
        two writing samples (popular press examples preferred - no books or
videos, please)
    list of three references with contact information (these references
will only be contacted for individuals being considered     as finalists)

Applications should be mailed to arrive by 5 pm, February 25, 2004 and
should be sent to:

Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute
Attn: Selection Committee Chair
601 W. Nifong Blvd., Suite 1D
Columbia, MO 65203
(office phone #  to provide for overnight delivery services is 573-449-3518)

Individuals considered as semi-finalists will be contacted about a phone
interview by the end of April.  Selection of fellows is scheduled to be
completed by the end of May, 2004.

We welcome inquiries about the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program.  For
more information, please contact the program coordinator:

Kristen Corselius
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Email: kcorselius@iatp.org

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