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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) opportunities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Students funded under the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) are eligible to apply for an internship of up to 12 months at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), by submitting an application to the NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). This collaboration between USDA and NSF is meant to encourage, develop, and facilitate professional development opportunities for the next generation of outstanding agricultural scientists.

USDA at a Glance
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. USDA has a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Potential GRIP Opportunities
USDA is interested in hosting GRIP Interns who have a desire to research food, agriculture, natural resources, and/or human sciences. This can be accomplished via a wide range of scientific disciplines that span the biophysical and social sciences, including but not limited to: chemistry, computer and information sciences and engineering, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, materials research, mathematical sciences, social sciences, and STEM education and learning research. GRIP Interns are eligible to apply for an internship within agencies across the entire Department, some examples of which include: the Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS), or U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

GRIP selection process:

  • Fellows submit GRIP applications through the GRFP FastLane module, adhering to the NSF submission guidelines specified in the Dear Colleague Letter and any Agency-specific deadlines.
  • NSF Graduate Fellows should indicate in their GRIP Application which of the broad research topic areas they wish to join if selected for GRIP at the USDA. Fellows may reach out to possible USDA host researchers to assist in developing their application.
  • GRFP Coordinating Officials approve the Fellow applications in the GRFP FastLane module.
  • GRIP applications are reviewed internally by NSF and by the sponsoring agency.
  • Internship awards are provided to successful applicants as part of the summer or fall GRFP funding increment.

GRIP Resources:

NSF Application Submission Timelines
The information presented is current at the time of publishing. GRIP is announced to Fellows and GRFP Institutions. Fellows review available GRIP opportunities on agency websites and may contact possible host researchers to develop their applications. GRIP applications are due to NSF on Dec. 4, 2016 and May 6, 2017. NSF will accept applications until 5:00pm of the applicant's local time on Dec. 5th, 2016. For NSF program updates, visit the GRIP website.

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