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PhD Fellowship, AgBioFEWS

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

AgBioFEWS is a National Science Foundation funded graduate research training program offering PhD candidates across multidisciplinary fields of study the opportunity to examine the science, policy, and public engagement aspects and impacts of Agricultural Biotechnology on Food, Energy, and Water.

Program Fellows receive a PhD in a natural/social science, or humanities graduate program, and a graduate minor in Genetic Engineering and Society, and will:

' Embark on their studies embedded with NC farms, with later opportunities for international internships

' Collaborate on an interdisciplinary cohort project

' Take advanced interdisciplinary graduate courses and incorporate AgBioFEWS into thesis

' Receive $34,000 Fellowship stipends

An Integrated Approach

AgBioFEWS students work together from differing perspectives to examine current and potential future biotechnology products and their development pathways to assess if and how they can be used to improve Food, Energy, and Water Systems for societal benefit.

To address societal challenges, scientific research must be convergent: driven by compelling problems and deeply integrating scientific disciplines. AgBioFEWS students gain this capacity by working collaboratively to research how agricultural biotechnology changes agricultural landscapes and rural communities, integrating tools and cultures from the natural and social sciences.

Grand Challenges

Agriculture constitutes the largest use of land and water on the planet and as currently practiced could threaten the sustainability of FEW systems.

While biotechnologies are often portrayed to the public as either solving or causing these challenges, the implications of these technologies are complex, requiring a convergence of scientific fields and insights from the humanities to understand them. Our students cross disciplines to address these complex challenges.

Designed for students seeking diverse perspectives, AgBioFEWS Fellows work together to discover how biotechnology can impact society through our food, energy, and water systems.
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Participating Institution(s):
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North Carolina State University (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Crop & Soil Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Genetics & Genomics

Agricultural Ecology
Agriculture Economics
Emerging Technology
Evolutionary Ecology
Food Systems
Genetic Engineering
Science Policy
Soil Science
Sustainable Agriculture

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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