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USDA 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program



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USDA Land-Grant Development / Tribal Fellows Program

The USDA Land-Grant Development / Tribal Fellows Program offers a one-week intensive workshop available to 1994 Land-Grant Tribal College and University (TCU) faculty and staff. Over the course of the workshop fellows learn about programs and resources available through USDA and how to access them. When fellows return to their institutions they are asked to apply their new found knowledge by developing a strategic plan to address the needs of their 1994 Land-Grant TCU in the areas of agriculture, conservation, and the development of their rural communities. Fellows develop the plan in collaboration with their institution and community and with the support of the USDA 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program staff.

Fellows convene June 1 - June 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Learn About USDA, Grants, and Other Funding Opportunities Available Through USDA.

USDA Land-Grant Development / Tribal Fellows Program participants learn about the role of USDA in the federal government and the various resources available to them throughout the department. Fellows meet with USDA Program Leaders from various grant offering agencies to learn about competitive funding opportunities such as the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG), Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants, and Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG). Fellows learn about grants that apply preferential points to American Indian applicants and gain insight into creative ways of using grant opportunities. They learn about projects other TLGCUs have done with USDA, and learn ways that will help them improve the competitiveness of their applications. In addition, fellows get the opportunity to network with other TLGCU & 1862 faculty and staff, as well as, other federal departments working with American Indian groups.

Be A Valuable Resource

  • Be a valuable resource to your institution by learning about grants and other funding opportunities available through USDA.
  • Learn how to access USDA programs to build your institutions land-grant capacity in agriculture and conservation.
  • Develop contacts within USDA and gain valuable insights into how the federal government works.
  • Network with other Land-Grant faculty and staff.
  • Learn how to leverage partnerships.
  • Meet face-to-face with the program managers for grant programs you want to apply for, gain valuable insight into the kinds of projects that are being funded and what you can do to make your application more competitive.
  • Learn about the various ways that USDA and the federal government work with American Indians/Alaska Natives.
  • Learn about resources available through USDA, such as the National Agricultural Library, the largest agricultural library in the world.
  • Tour the Agricultural Research Service / Agricultural Research Center and learn about some of the projects USDA scientists are working on today.


Applicants must be faculty or staff employed by a 1994 tribal land-grant college or university, preferably working in areas of agriculture, conservation, science, or community development.


USDA will furnish travel and per diem expenses (for lodging, meals, and incidentals) and daily commuting costs. The sending 1994 Land-Grant Institution will continue to pay salary and benefits.

Interested Applicants Contact

Lavinia (Vinnie) Panizo
USDA Tribal Fellows Program Manager
Reporters Building                                                       
300 7th Street SW, Ste 266, Rm 278                                
Washington, D.C. 200024                            
Phone | 202.205.2319
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