Monthly Archives: May 2015

AIFS Study Abroad Opportunities

1. Berlin Germany, offered in cooperation with Humboldt University

“Land in the City – Green in the City” – This is a 3 credit summer course that looks at urban agriculture in one of Germany’s most fascinating cities.

Students examine functions of agriculture and horticulture in the city landscape including ecological and institutional conditions, social function of urban agriculture and gardening, conservation of resources and recycling of waste. Students will meet participants of projects and visit example of urban agriculture in Berlin.


2. San Jose, Costa Rica, offered in cooperation with Veritas University

This is a summer and semester program with multiple course offerings taught in English in the Biological Sciences to include:

Environmental Impact and Social Development, Tropical Botany, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Renewable Energies (semester only.)


3. January Term program in the Galapagos Islands, in cooperation with Universidad San Francisco de Quito

A two week program with one course that examines Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Galapagos.

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Announcing Fulbright to India Fellowships for U.S. citizens

India, has the largest U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program in the world.  Over the past few years, USIEF has expanded its grant categories for scholars and professionals and added some new grant benefits:

  • USIEF has introduced Postdoctoral Fellowships for candidates who have earned a doctorate degree in the last five years.
  • Grants for teaching, teaching/research, and research have been combined under Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence award category which is open to faculty and professionals in all disciplines.
  • “Flex grants” allow faculty the opportunity to conduct research in India during shorter in-country stays, over the course of two years.
  • Distinguished Chair awards, designed for eminent scholars with substantial teaching experience, offer the opportunity to travel to prominent institutions in India to deliver guest lectures and participate in conferences and workshops.
  • USIEF provides a dependent education allowance up to $10,000.

For more information on grant options and benefits for scholars and professionals, visit the CIES website.  The application deadline is August 3, 2015.

For details regarding benefits and application procedures for student grants, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program page.

Recently, many U.S. institutions have developed strategic plans to guide their engagement in India.  Each year dozens of U.S. university delegations visit India on fact-finding missions to determine the most effective way to engage with their counterparts here. A Fulbright-Nehru grant is an excellent way to seed potential long-term partnerships with Indian institutions.  In fact, each year we have grantees whose research collaborations and other joint efforts lead to active engagement at an institutional level.

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VT News: Virginia Tech agricultural sciences programs rise in National Science Foundation rankings

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 20, 2015 – Virginia Tech’s ranking of agricultural sciences research and development expenditures for 2013 rose to sixth in the nation, cementing the university and its scientists as international leaders in helping feed a quickly growing global population and sustainably managing the world’s forests.

The National Science Foundation said the $101 million in expenditures moved the university to the sixth spot, up from seventh. The figure is up 14 percent from four years ago.

Read the entire story here.

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Virginia-Israel Agrotech Hub Expands Reach at Agritech Israel 2015

Exert from the Virginia-Israel Opportunity Brief (May 20):

Agrotech Leaders from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, participated in Agrotech Israel 2015 as part of the expanding agro activities between Virginia and Israel.  They had meetings with executives from many companies including Sabra, the largest manufacturer of hummus in the United States which is headquartered in Chesterfield Virginia.

Dr. Jerzy Nowak, a member of the Virginia Tech Delegation, commented: “In over 30 years of visiting countries around the globe I have never seen such dedication to innovation and such a robust support system from the Ministry of Agriculture. The integrated focus on agro-technology is incredibly impressive.”

According to Ralph Robbins, the Executive Director of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, who organized the trip, “the first hand interaction with several companies we have been working with, will definitely accelerate projects being considered for Virginia.”

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$2,000 Travel Scholarships from Volunteer Forever

Special Announcement! We’re excited to announce a new volunteer abroad scholarship opportunity from our friends at uVolunteer:

At uVolunteer we believe every college student should have the chance to travel. The uVolunteer travel scholarship worth up to $2,000 and is awarded three times a year. This award can be taken towards a 4-week volunteer vacation in Costa Rica, Ghana or Thailand. All you need to do to enter is submit a short (500 words or fewer) essay and submit a short 2 min video.

Learn more about all of their scholarships here:

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