Research projects

The deadline for the USDA Fellowship Program in Food Security Research Projects is November 8

The USDA Office of Food Safety offers a scholarship for graduate students wishing to pursue scientific research.

Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. Eastern Time on November 8. Click on here to apply.

Working closely with food safety stakeholders and partners across government, the Office of Food Safety (OFS) provides leadership and vision to the Food Safety and Inspection Service ( FSIS) to ensure that the national supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe and wholesome. and properly labelled.

Under the guidance of an academic mentor, the Fellow will create a project that directly or indirectly supports FSIS research priorities. The entrant will choose one of the topics listed on the FSIS Food Safety Research Studies page or another food safety-related project. Acceptable projects include laboratory studies or projects that do not have a laboratory component, for example, a data analysis proposal or a proposal to measure the effectiveness of consumer education.

“The participant will work with an FSIS mentor to refine the scope of the project, to ensure that it provides an appropriate educational experience and can be completed within a measurable timeframe. The research will be completed at the participant’s university according to the USDA announcement.

“The participant may have the opportunity to tour the SFO and FSIS Headquarters in Washington D.C. During this visit, the participant will shadow senior leaders and present the results of their research to SFO and FSIS personnel .”

The scheduled appointment start date is fall/winter of this year. The initial appointment is part-time for one year, working 15 hours per week. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with their level of education and experience. Proof of health insurance is required to participate in this program. Health insurance can be taken out with ORISE. Participants do not become employees of the USDA, FSIS, Department of Energy, or Program Administrator, and there are no employment benefits.

This opportunity is available to US citizens, lawful permanent residents, and foreign nationals – depending on immigration status.

The USDA Office of Food Safety reports to the Undersecretary of Food Safety and is responsible for implementing the administration’s food safety priorities. Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) is a science-based agency that applies the latest advances in food safety technology to monitor chemical, microbiological, and physical hazards in meat, poultry, and egg products.

In addition, FSIS facilitates the application of new food safety technologies to food production by industry. The agency also uses various strategies and technologies to conduct consumer awareness activities. FSIS has identified several food security research priorities that support its mission. These are listed on the link: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/science-data/research-priorities

Applicants must be currently pursuing doctoral studies in food science, food safety, public health, veterinary medicine, or other relevant fields, at an accredited US college, university, or technical institute.

Applicants must write a 500-word essay describing the project they wish to participate in and how it can help improve food supply security.

Favorite skills include:

  • Know the principles and practices that underpin the security of the food supply;
  • Experience in food safety research; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

A complete application package includes:

  • An application
  • Transcript of Records – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or a copy of the student’s academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from the institution’s internal systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click on here for detailed information on acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume
  • 500 word essay
  • A letter of support from the major university professor who will act as an academic mentor. This letter should indicate how the mentor will support your research project.
  • An additional educational or professional recommendation

Potential applicants with questions may email [email protected] Please include reference code USDA-FSIS-2021-0182 in the email.

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