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The Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis Fund

Photo: Student listening to men explain current pest practices in vegetable field in Bangladesh

PRIDE in Bangladesh worked with graduate student Brittany Pierce on a Trellis project about pest management. See more photos from the Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis projects by visiting our Trellis Fund album on Flickr.



Trellis projects (all)

Browse photos from Horticulture Innovation Lab Trellis projects (photo slideshow on Flickr).



Supporting local organizations with student agricultural expertise

The Trellis Fund connects organizations in developing countries with U.S. graduate students who have agricultural expertise, generating benefits for both the students and the in-country institutions. Together, they collaborate on short-term projects to address horticultural challenges faced by local farmers. Trellis Fund projects may address horticultural crop production, irrigation, plant nutrition, pest management, postharvest practices, or marketing issues in relation to fruits, vegetables and high-value horticultural crops.

Current Trellis Fund projects

Nine new Trellis Fund projects have been awarded to organizations in developing countries and matched to graduate students at Horticulture Innovation Lab partner institutions. See basic details below.

This information is also available as a printable Trellis Fund fact sheet (PDF) or as announcements on our blog. This blog announcement focuses on the selection of organizations and projects: "Nine new Trellis Fund projects awarded." After the projects were selected, students were recruited and matched to the projects, announced here: "Students selected for projects in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Nepal, Cambodia."

Here are the current Trellis Fund projects, taking place during the 2017 calendar year:

Trellis blog posts

Browse all recent blog posts about the Trellis Fund, or read some of the featured stories below.

Thanks from Uganda

One of the first organizations to receive funding from the Trellis Fund in 2010 wrote a note of thanks in 2016, explaining how this seed funding helped their organization. Read...

Students help students learn state-of-the-art science

A closer look at a project led by an organization in Ghana with a student from the University of Florida, expanding statistical analysis capacities of young scientists. Read...

Three Trellis stories in Davis Enterprise

The Davis community newspaper profiled the experiences of three UC Davis students working on Trellis Fund projects in Bangladesh, Malawi and Kenya. Read...


Trellis accomplishments

The Horticulture Innovation Lab has completed four rounds of Trellis Fund projects so far. Accomplishments from the first 47 completed Trellis projects include:

Photos collected from student trips for Trellis projects are available in our Trellis album on Flickr.

Past Trellis Fund projects

Fourth round of projects: In 2015, the Horticulture Innovation Lab awarded its fourth round of Trellis Fund projects. A press release is available about the students selected to support these projects. A 2014-2015 Trellis fact sheet (PDF) also describes the Trellis Fund and lists current projects. The Davis Enterprise newspaper wrote an article about three UC Davis students' experiences with Trellis projects: "Global insights: Trellis students work abroad."

Third round of projects: In the third round, 2013-2014 Trellis projects (PDF) included 14 projects in 9 countries. Initially, 13 new projects were announced and later an additional 14th project was awarded after USAID resumed its agricultural work in Mali. More details are available in a fact sheet (PDF) and press release. An article in CA&ES Outlook magazine also profiled a UC Davis student's experience in Bangladesh with a Trellis project.

Second round: See more details about the second round of projects on the 2012-2013 fact sheet (PDF), or read the press release announcing the awards. Student participants from this round also shared their experiences in a press release promoting the third call for applications and in a related newsletter article.

First round: Find out more about each of the 2011-2012 Trellis projects (PDF). Student participants from the first round of projects also shared their experiences in a promotional video.

Past student recruitment process: Graduate student applications (deadline passed)

Please note: We are not currently seeking student applications for Trellis Fund projects. The original deadline was Nov. 4, 2016. That deadline was extended for student applications to three specific projects until Nov. 15, 2016 at noon PST. The documents and other details below are for information only.

Graduate students are invited to participate in new Trellis Fund projects. Selected students will work remotely with an organization as consultants on projects for a minimum of 100 hours and also travel for approximately 2 weeks of in-country work. Students will be provided air travel; reimbursement for lodging, visas and vaccines; and a $300 fellowship upon completion.

Students from the Horticulture Innovation Lab's four partner institutions are eligible to apply:

Application basics: Students submit a CV and a 300-word statement of interest for each Trellis Fund project they are interested in, up to two projects maximum. Email applications to by Nov. 4, 2016. Please see complete directions and desired qualifications for each project:

Please share this opportunity with graduate students who might be interested. This information is also available on our blog, Grad students: Apply for international ag experience with Trellis Fund.

For additional questions, please contact

Past proposal process: Organizations (deadline passed)

Please note: We are not currently seeking project proposals from organizations for Trellis. The most recent deadline was Jan. 18, 2016. The documents and other details below are for information only. If you would like to make sure to hear of our next call for project proposals, you may want to consider signing up for our email list.

Organizations in developing countries are invited to submit a project proposal that addresses a horticultural problem facing local farmers, which would also include the involvement of a graduate student consultant. The maximum funding available for each project is $2,000, with funding available for 15 projects. The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 18, 2016.

Proposals from organizations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia will be considered. Organizations with 50 or fewer staff members will receive priority. Please note that proposals may be declined due to security concerns.

A complete project proposal will include intended objectives, activities, graduate student engagement, gender program, a plan for monitoring and evaluation, staff resumes, and a $2,000 budget for consideration. Successful applicants will be paired with a U.S. graduate student with relevant technical expertise.


Directions and documents:

Questions? Contact with questions about the proposal process.


Resources for current Trellis students

Looking for forms for travel or reimbursement? Here is our information for Trellis students who are currently participating in these projects.