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Productive collaborations between U.S. and developing country scientists are occurring on a global scale.  Nonetheless, U.S. scientists who are not collaborating with developing country scientists may question the benefits of such partnerships, both in terms of advancing their own research goals and with respect to the complexities associated with such engagement. The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)Program is intended to facilitate S&T cooperation between U.S. and developing country scientists.


Through Feed the Future, the U.S. government is addressing the global challenge of food insecurity. Developing the next generation of agricultural leaders is critical to ensuring long-term success against this challenge, and university faculty members are essential to this effort. The Feed the Future Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Program is training individuals and strengthening developing country public and private institutions. This will enable them to take advantage of scientific and technological breakthroughs to promote innovation across the agricultural sector.For more information about any of the following Feed the Future’s Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Initiative programs, please contact or visit Additional information about collaborative research with universities can found here.

  • The Leadership Enhancement in Agricultureprogram offers support to developing country graduate students to conduct part of their research on food security-related topics in developing country or CGIAR settings. This program is managed by the University of California, at Davis.

Additional information about collaborative research with universities can found here.



The Jefferson Science Fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens each fall and closes in mid-January. Selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues.


Minority Serving Institutions

USAID accomplishes its foreign and humanitarian assistance by enlisting the full range of America's public and private capabilities and resources. With a successful history of partnering with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), USAID has brought programmatic and development expertise and the rich experience of serving underrepresented minorities in the U.S. to international development activities.

The USAID MSI Program's mission is to facilitate an environment where MSIs become USAID partners by successfully competing for USAID awards and by engaging in U.S. foreign assistance activities.  For more information, call (202) 567-4730 or visit

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