The Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute is pleased to announce a request for applications for the 2004-2005 class of Food and Society Policy Fellows starting Jan. 5. This is a national program of part-time, one-year professional fellowships offered to improve communications about food and agriculture issues in the U.S. Three classes of fellowship awards have previously been made, with the fourth class of fellows to begin their duties on Sept. 1.
Fellows use media, scholarship, public education and outreach to promote change in the policies and structures that shape the U.S. food system. With our fourth fellowship class, we are seeking fellows who can develop communication pieces that address the connections between youth, diet, health, and how our food is produced. Within this fellowship theme, examples of relevant topics include farm-to-school programs, community food systems, and the role of food choices in youth obesity.
Applicants should be U.S. residents actively involved in a professional career that involves two or more of the following: agriculture, health promotion, youth development, food production, and/or policy analysis. Past fellowship recipients have included university professors, nutrition educators, public health professionals, and staff at non-profit organizations working on food and agriculture issues. Farmers or ranchers with a strong interest and experience in communicating about how to foster healthy youth through the production of healthy food are also encouraged to apply.
Please note the following:
- Individuals involved in education, research, or program development in food and agriculture will receive preference over full-time communications professionals.
- Early career professionals (defined as 35 years of age or younger) will receive preference for half of this class’s fellowship slots (about eight fellowships are expected to be awarded).
For additional information, visit http://www.foodandsocietyfellows.org/pages/guidelines/guidelines.html