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1890 Land-Grant Institutions National Program

The 1890 Land-Grant Institutions National Program delivers high quality agricultural research, education, and extension programs and produces skilled graduates in agricultural sciences. We partner with the 19 historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. Today there are 19 1890 land-grant universities across the United States. These institutions strengthen research, extension and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences, and attract more students into careers in agriculture, food, natural resources, and human sciences.

Booker T. Washington Fellowship Program

The Booker T. Washington Fellowship is aimed at faculty and staff at an accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for an 1890 Land-Grant University feeder high schools.

  • Education Fellowship and High School Education Fellowships are for faculty and staff at an eligible 1890 Land-Grant Universities and High School Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for 1890 Land-Grant Universities feeder schools. High School Applicants will need to demonstrate their institutions status as an 1890 Land-Grant University feeder high school. Fellows participate in a Washington, DC based program.
  • Science Fellowships are for science and research faculty at eligible 1890 Land-Grant Universities. Science fellows collaborate with leading scientists from USDA. Participants attend a mandatory program in Washington, DC, in addition to collaborating with a USDA Research Center within the country.

Important Dates

  • March 1, 2021 – All materials must be received by this date
  • May 2021 – Fellowships are awarded

Program Dates

  • June 20, 2021 – Travel to Washington, DC
  • June 21 - June 25, 2021 – Education and High School Fellowship
  • June 21 - July 2, 2021 – Science Fellowship 

Additional Information

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program seeks to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related disciplines.

The program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food science, natural resource science, or a related academic discipline at one of 19 designated 1890s land-grant universities and Tuskegee University. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

Scholars accepted into the program will be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to a permanent appointment with USDA upon successful completion of their degree requirements by the end of the agreement period. (5 CFR 213.3202) (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 - Section 12519)

If selected, scholars must commit to at least one year of service to USDA for each year of financial assistance provided. The details of this requirement will be outlined in the service agreement for the scholar, their university, and the USDA sponsoring agency.

Learn more about the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

Application deadline: February 15, 2022

Additional resources

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) 1890 Land-Grant Institutions Grant Programs

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Lisa R. Ramirez, Ed.D.
Director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE)
Phone: (202) 941-4701