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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. To receive fellowship funding for this projects, you must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident and a graduate student in attendance at a U.S. university. In addition to these requirements, students will need to fall into one of the following categories:

(1) Individuals with an award from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). OR

(2) Students from one of the six RI Fellows university partners, including their respective participating schools. These students will receive their funding for the RI Fellowship from USAID through their universitiy. 

Each accepted USAID Research and Innovation Fellow receives financial and professional resource support through either NSF and USAID or their university 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 at the top of their class
  • Students at top-tier U.S. universities
  • Current recipients of NSF grant funding
  • 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: October 27, 2014

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