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Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) National Program







2018 E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program

Application Cycle Open - November 6, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO), Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program (HSINP) E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) the opportunity to work collaboratively with USDA to gain insight and understanding of the Federal Government. Through the fellowship, participants learn about opportunities that are available with USDA and other Federal Agencies for their respective institutions and their students. Applicants must be faculty or staff at a Hispanic-Serving Institution or Hispanic-Serving School District to qualify.

Applications will be accepted from November 6, 2017 – February 2, 2018.

Available Fellowships:

Education Fellowship and High School Education Fellowship:
Education Fellowships are for faculty and staff at HSIs. High School Fellowships are for Secondary Education superintendents, principals, agricultural and/or district level teachers working for a Hispanic-Serving School District. Participants attend a two-week program in Washington, DC.

Science Fellowship:
Science Fellowships are for science faculty at HSIs. Science fellows collaborate with leading scientists from either USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) or Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Participants attend a one-week mandatory orientation in Washington, DC, in addition to collaborating with a USDA Research Center within the country for two weeks.

Application Requirements:

Completed Application Form: Handwritten applications will not be accepted, please complete electronically.

Essay: A statement describing your interest in the USDA and how you envision the fellowship will impact you, your institution’s program, and your work with your institution and its community. Finally, describe how you plan to share information acquired during your fellowship with colleagues, students, and other interested individuals.

Resume: Submit a three to four page resume, including educational and professional accomplishments.

Letter of Reference: Please provide a Letter of Reference from someone capable of detailing your work and how this fellowship would stand to benefit you and the institution. This should be submitted directly by your reference. It is your responsibility to notify the designated individual of the need to supply this reference and to ensure that they do so before the application’s deadline.

Statement of Institutional Support: A statement provided by your Institution's President, Chancellor, or equivalent stating their commitment to pay salary and benefits during your participation in this program. This letter should briefly establish that the institution supports your participation in this fellowship and, if applicable, intends to continue those salary and benefits, which would typically be provided during the fellowship period. This should be submitted directly by the individual designated to supply it. It is your responsibility to notify the designated individual of the need to supply this statement and to ensure that they do so before the application’s deadline.

Signed Application Certification Form: Submitted with your application form, essay, and resume.

Important Dates:

Application Cycle:
November 6, 2017 – February 2, 2018 (all materials must be received by this date)

Fellowships are awarded:
April/May 2018

Travel to Washington, DC:
June 16/17, 2018

Education and High School Fellowships:
June 18 – June 29, 2018

Science Fellowship:
June 18 – July 6, 2018

For detailed application instructions, specific qualifications, and application forms, please review the associated forms and instructions accessible on this website.

Applications should be submitted to For questions, you may also contact Dan Wueste, Fellowship Program Manager, at 202-720-6506 or via email:

Downloadable files:

2018 Fellowship Application Instructions

2018 Fellowship Application Form

2018 Fellowship Certification