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NCFPD Science and Engineering Workforce Development Grant

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) is now accepting applications for our Science and Engineering Workforce Development Grant (WDG). 

NCFPD’s WDG Program:

• Offers graduate students a holistic education experience that includes: interdisciplinary learning, experiential learning, and scholarly skill development

• Immerses students in food defense and agriculture sector research

• Provides internship and employment opportunities

• Links students with homeland security

• Connects students with an information-sharing network that delivers and sustains community resources that advance student knowledge, identify opportunities, and build networks

As part of a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCFPD’s WDG provides grant funding for 2 graduate students (Masters or Doctoral level). Awards will provide:

• Substantial support for tuition and fees 

• A living stipend of $2,700 per month for 24 months

• Funds for books, software, and supplies 

• Travel funds for student trips to include the mandatory DHS S&T Summit Conference, internship visits, and Frontier student field trips

WDG Awardees will:

• Attend an annual DHS S&T Summit Conference or equivalent conference opportunity

• Participate on the NCFPD portal - a network for connecting with research, continuing education, and employment opportunities

• Meet quarterly with their assigned mentor to receive guidance on academic, research, and other professional opportunities

• Complete (2) 10-week summer-internships 

• Commit to working in the Homeland Security arena for, at least, one year beyond the tenure of their award

Applicants must:

• Be U.S. citizens

• Achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale, averaged over all academic terms

• Show evidence of enrollment in HS-STEM academic program that aligns with mission of NCFPD

To Apply, submit the following documents electronically to by 5:00 pm CT on Friday, October 31, 2014:

• Application form

• Statement of purpose

• Resume and/or curriculum vitae

Have (3) Letters of recommendation and Official Transcripts mailed by the October 31, 2014 deadline to: 

National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Attn: Debra Freedman

University of Minnesota

R285 LES Building

1954 Buford Ave

St. Paul, MN 55108

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

• Academic record and achievement

• Recommendation letters

• Disciplinary affiliations

• Writing skills

• Demonstrated interest and commitment to HS-STEM related research and careers

Applications will be reviewed by NCFPD with final selections made with input from a selection committee of academics, industry, and government officials. 

NCFPD will award WDGs on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Awards will begin once contracts are in place with each student’s home university during Spring 2015.

If you have any questions, contact Debra Freedman, Education Manager, at

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