Graduate Fellowship Program

Available Award:

Charles Becker Graduate Fellowship: $2,500 
Kellogg Graduate Travel Fellowship: $500

Total Awarded Amount: $3,000 (up to 2 awards for $1,500 each will be awarded in 2020)

These fellowships are supported by endowment funds of the Cereals & Grains Association Foundation, annual contributions by companies and Cereals & Grains Association divisions. Graduate Student awards are paid directly to the winners in September after Cereals & Grains Association receives verification of registration for the fall semester or quarter from the appropriate department head.

Any graduate student fellowship to which the recipient would otherwise have been entitled shall be paid in the regular amount, and no diminution of it because of receiving an Cereals & Grains Association Fellowship shall be permitted.

Purpose of the Awards:

The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage graduate research in grain-based food science and technology. Research in such disciplines as genetics, horticulture, nutrition, microbiology, biochemistry, engineering, or chemistry is not eligible unless it is directly related to the student's primary research program dealing with a grain-based food science and technology related areas.

Eligibility Requirements:

The general eligibility requirements for applicants for all fellowships are:

  1. Applicants must be a current Cereals & Grains Association Student Member.
  2. The candidate must be enrolled in graduate studies by the time the fellowship becomes effective, or be a current graduate student pursuing a course of study leading to an MS or a Ph.D. degree.
  3. The educational institution in which the recipient is enrolled must be conducting fundamental investigations for the advancement of cereal science and technology, including oilseeds.
  4. A fellowship recipient becomes ineligible for further payments when all requirements for the degree for which the fellowship was awarded have been completed, or if, during the tenure of the fellowship, the student discontinues or substantially changes the research program proposed in the fellowship application. It is the separate responsibility of both the student and the appropriate department head to notify the Cereals & Grains Association Foundation within thirty (30) days of any such change.
  5. The recipient must be enrolled in an academic schedule that meets the minimum requirements of the university involved, for full-time graduate study.
  6. Age, sex, race, financial need, or previous receipt or non-receipt of an Cereals & Grains Association scholarship or fellowship are not conditions of eligibility for any award.
  7. The value or terms of any award are subject to change upon agreement with the donor.

Application Procedures 

Submit application form and supporting documents (saved into one pdf file) on or before May 29, 2020 to

 Graduate Student Fellowship Application Form

Application packet to include the following:

  1. Application Form
  2. Letter of application describing career plans and the relationship to them of pertinent courses taken or planned, in the undergraduate plan of study. Special emphasis should be given to courses related to grain science and technology (including cereals, oilseeds, pulses, and pseudo cereals). 
  3. Copies of transcripts of all college or university undergraduate work you have completed to date. (Note that a typewritten summary of the proposed courses you expect to take to complete your undergraduate curriculum is also required. 
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation with at least one from (and signed by) your academic adviser and/or faculty member familiar with your academic record. The letter(s) should include a general appraisal of your scholarship, extracurricular activities, and abilities in relation to the purposes and eligibility requirements of the scholarships.

All information requested in the application must be provided. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not submit more than is requested. Use only the space provided on the application form. Do not retype the form, submit continuation pages, or use any reverse sides. Applications will be sent to each member of the Cereals & Grains Association selection jury for review. Material in excess of that requested will not be included.