USDA/NIFA: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI)

Deadline: 22 March 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for its “Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI)” to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences.

Programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional work force.

Program Objectives

Strengthen institutional capacities to develop and enhance faculty, curriculum, methods of instruction, and infrastructure including libraries and scientific instrumentation to serve underrepresented students in an identified State, regional, national, or international educational need areas in the FANH sciences.
Recruit, retain, and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups to prepare them for careers in FANH sciences sectors.
Facilitate cooperative initiatives between two or more HSIs or between HSIs and public or the private sector to maximize the development and use of resources and to improve the FANH sciences teaching programs.
Support the activities of HSIs to enhance educational equity for underrepresented students.

Program Goals 

To attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for careers related to the FANH sciences of the United States
Enhance the quality of postsecondary instruction within these disciplines
Provide opportunities and access to FANH careers in the public and private sector
Align the efforts of HSIs and other non-profit organizations in support of the academic development and career attainment of underrepresented groups

Funding Information

The anticipated amount available for HSI grants in FY 2017 is approximately $9.2 million, including funds for the continuation awards.

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March 22nd, 2017

How to Apply

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Eligibility Details

Be a citizen or national of the United States
Must be attending a public or other non-profit HSI
Leadership activities and community service
Desire to pursue a career at USDA or in FANH sciences
Major related to the FANH sciences
Participation in HSI’s Education Grants Program Activities
Grade point average
Essay indicating interest in FANH sciences
Potential for adding diversity

Application Guidance

Applications must be submitted online via given website.