For Fellowship Opportunities

USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships
“Attracting great minds to places of great opportunity”

USAID Research and Innovation Fellows are part of an exceptional group of early-career scientists placed worldwide to engage in research and innovation projects with universities, private sector corporations, research institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Currently, only individuals with an award from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) are eligible to participate. Opportunities for other streams of Fellows will become available as the program expands. Each accepted USAID Research and Innovation Fellow receives financial and professional resource support through NSF and USAID. Through each placement, Fellows will amplify a broad-based knowledge network, catalyze learning, and foster the positive exchange of information and experiences.

Who is a USAID Research and Innovation Fellow?

  • Graduate students and select undergraduates
  • Students at top-tier U.S. universities
  • Current recipients of NSF grant funding
  • Student/Faculty project teams
  • Students from many different disciplines
  • Future global leaders in research and innovation

Snapshot of Research and Innovation Fellows [PDF, 365kb]
Student One-Pager [PDF, 298kb]

Click here to view the USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships catalog of opportunities.


To become involved in the USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships or for additional information, please contact RIFellowships@usaid.gov.

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Last updated: November 05, 2013

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