October 1, 2015

Call for Applications: 2016 Next Generation Delegation

2015 Next Generation Delegation with Carolyn La Jeunesse, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is now accepting applications from students to participate in the Global Food Security Symposium 2016 Next Generation Delegation.

About the Delegation
Convened annually, the Global Food Security Symposium addresses the progress of the US government and the international community regarding global food and nutrition security.
The Next Generation Delegation program provides 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 2016 will focus on food systems and rural-to-urban supply chains for an increasingly urban global population. It will be held on April 26, 2016, in Washington, DC.
Delegate Opportunities
Delegates will have the opportunity to:
  • Attend the symposium.
  • Interact with symposium speakers and senior attendees in private fora.
  • Connect with other outstanding students planning careers in the global agriculture, food, and nutrition sectors.
  • Connect with food and agriculture leaders from the public, private, and NGO sectors in private meetings.
  • 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:
  • Attend all symposium-related events in Washington, DC, on April 25-26, 2016. The Council will cover airfare, accommodations, and meal expenses.
  • Prepare a commentary piece for the Global Food for Thought blog on food systems, urbanization trends, and/or supply chains as it relates to their area of research focus and career trajectory.
  • Participate in symposium discussions via social media.
  • 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; 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 complete the online application form and email these additional items to nextgendelegation@thechicagocouncil.org:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or employer
  • A brief essay (500-700 words) on the topic of food systems, urbanization trends, and/or supply chains, as it relates to their area of study.
  • A recent headshot (in JPG or PDF format)

The deadline for applications is December 4, 2015. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered.
Further Information on Global Food Security Symposia


The Global Food and Agriculture Program aims to inform the development of US policy on global agricultural development and food security by raising awareness and providing resources, information, and policy analysis to the US Administration, Congress, and interested experts and organizations.

The Global Food and Agriculture Program is housed within the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council on Global Affairs convenes leading global voices and conducts independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. The Council is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.

Support for the Global Food and Agriculture Program is generously provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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