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2013 Future Leaders Forum, scholarships available

2013 Future Leaders Forum!
This year's application is online at http://aiardregistration.weebly.com/future-leaders-forum-application.html

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) administers a competitive scholarship program to provide partial financial support to students attending both: 1) the AIARD Annual Conference (June 2-4); and 2) the annual Future Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a demonstrated interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions. These scholarships are intended to enhance the students' understanding and appreciation of issues and opportunities in international agriculture and rural development. Please see the 2012 Annual Conference Program for prior program activities and additional information (http://www.aiard.org/meetings/2012annual/program.htm).

The objectives of the scholarship program are to:
· Facilitate student attendance and participation in the AIARD Annual Conference June 2-4 in Washington, DC.;
· Broaden student vision and help build a broad array of social/cultural, economic and scientific skills required to become an effective 21st century professional in international agriculture and rural development; and
· Facilitate career visioning and networking by providing opportunities for students to meet with influential individuals in universities, non-governmental organizations (NGO's), Congress, governmental agencies, international consulting firms, international financial institutions and multi-national corporations active in international agriculture and rural development initiatives.

AIARD will provide a select number of scholarships in 2013 to partially fund students' participation in the AIARD Annual Conference and in the Future Leaders Forum which includes participation in a day and a half of visits to agencies, companies and organizations (e.g. USAID, USDA-FAS & NIFA, World Bank, Peace Corps, UN/FAO, Chemonics, DAI, ACDI VOCA, Millennium Challenge Corporation) engaged in international agriculture and rural development.

Applications for scholarships are evaluated by an AIARD committee. As noted above, scholarships are intended to only partially cover expenses related to travel, lodging, registration fees and meals, and students receiving the scholarships will be responsible for obtaining additional funding to cover the costs of travel to and participation in the Future Leaders Forum. This program is open to US citizens and also foreign nationals who are interested in agricultural development positions in developing countries that may be affiliated with US organizations.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 10, 2013.

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