Monday, January 5, 2015

Call for Applications: Global Food Security Symposium 2015-Next Generation Delegation

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is accepting applications from students to participate in the Global Food Security Symposium 2015 Next Generation Delegation. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

About the Delegation

Convened annually by The Chicago Council, the Global Food Security Symposium discusses the US government and the international community’s progress on addressing global food and nutrition security.
The Next Generation Delegation program was launched in 2013 to provide an opportunity for promising students to engage in symposium discussions and to interact with policy, civil society, and business leaders working on agriculture, food, and nutrition issues.
The Global Food Security Symposium 2015 will focus on food systems for improved health. The Symposium is an invitation-only event which will be held on April 16, 2015, in Washington, DC.

Delegate Opportunities

Delegates will have the opportunity to:
  1. Attend the Symposium.
  2. Interact with Symposium speakers and senior attendees in private fora.
  3. Connect with other outstanding students planning careers in the global agriculture, food, and nutrition sectors.
  4. Connect with food and agriculture leaders from the public, private, and NGO sectors in private meetings.
  5. Select delegates may also participate in video interviews (to be filmed the day of the Symposium), panel discussions, or other opportunities.  

Delegate Responsibilities

Delegates are expected to:
  1. Attend all Symposium-related events in Washington, DC, from April 15-16, 2015. The Chicago Council will cover airfare, accommodations, and meal expenses. 
  2. Prepare a commentary piece (800 words or less) for the Global Food for Thought blog on the topic of food systems for improved nutrition as it relates to their area of research focus and career trajectory.
  3. Participate in Symposium discussions via social media.
  4. Participate in a private post-event debriefing session.

Delegate Criteria

Students must be at the graduate or advanced undergraduate (third or fourth year) level studying agriculture and food policy; business; agricultural development; public policy and administration; agricultural science; nutrition; or other related science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines and must plan to enter the agriculture and food sector upon graduation. International students and students studying at universities outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To Apply

Interested applicants should email the following to
  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a professor or employer.
  3. A brief essay (500-700 words) on the topic of food systems for improved health, as it relates to their area of study.
  4. A recent headshot (in JPG or PDF format).
  5. Twitter handle and any other social media information.
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered.

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