ANR seeks candidates for 2021-22 UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship

Jun 11, 2021

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking outstanding UC students to apply for the 2021-22 Global Food Initiative Fellowship in communications and outreach. The student chosen to be UC ANR's GFI fellow will have an opportunity to apply their academic interests and skills to improve the lives of Californians and to get practical science-communications experience working with a Strategic Communications team.

The application deadline is Friday, July 2.

The UC Global Food Initiative addresses one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025. For more information, see

About the UC GFI Fellowship

The UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated research, related projects or internships that focus on food issues. All 10 UC campuses plus UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory participate in the program. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, paid half at the beginning and half at the end of the fellowship. (Applicants should be aware that receipt of a fellowship may affect your financial aid package; please contact your financial aid officer with any questions.)

The UC ANR GFI Fellowship in Communications/Outreach focuses on community outreach and education, specifically:

  • Educating underserved communities in California through written, visual and digital communications about nutrition, food security, food waste prevention, childhood obesity prevention, and other food-related issues.
  • Enlightening the public about UC ANR's impact on the above topics through multimedia communications.

The UC ANR GFI fellow will write one-pagers, blog posts, social media posts, news articles and other communications tools about nutrition and food issues. The fellow will also assist in the development of communication plans and outreach implementation plans. Working with the UC ANR Strategic Communications team, the fellow will create a project plan with milestones and a timeline and attend monthly meetings with Strategic Communications.

Excellent communication skills and enthusiasm for helping others are required. An ability to speak and write in Spanish is preferred but not required.

The fellow is expected to work on the project for an average of five to 10 hours per week throughout the 2021-22 academic year and is also expected to attend all UC systemwide activities for the GFI Fellowship program. Systemwide activities include an orientation in the fall, virtual leadership training, bi-monthly conference calls (starting in November), a spring field trip or conference, and a closing symposium and poster presentation to be held in conjunction with the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in July 2022. Systemwide activity expenses arefunded by the UC Global Food Initiative above and beyond the fellowship award.

How to apply

To apply for the UC ANR GFI Fellowship in Communications/Outreach, please submit the

following items by email to by July 2, 2021:

1. Cover letter stating your interest in this fellowship and a summary of your most relevant

experience, skills and/or education.

2. Resume.

3. One to three examples of your previous communications work.

Select applicants will be asked to participate in a half-hour in-person interview between July 7 and 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the decision by July 14, 2021. Please direct any questions to Pam Kan-Rice at


By Pamela Kan-Rice
Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach