Call for Trellis Fund grants & student fellowships, 2017-2018

For Information Only - Deadline has passed

Past call for proposals: Seeking Trellis Fund grant proposals (deadline passed)

Please note: We are not currently seeking project proposals for the Trellis Fund. The documents and other details below are for information only.

Organizations in Africa, Asia, and Central America are invited to compete for new Trellis Fund grants up to $4,000 each for 6-month projects, to extend horticultural information to local farmers and stakeholders along fruit or vegetable value chains.

April 3, 2017, was the deadline to submit project proposals, for projects that will take place in 2018.

Project proposals may address horticultural crop production, irrigation, plant nutrition, pest management, postharvest practices or marketing issues in relation to fruits and vegetables. Once projects are selected, the Trellis Fund will connect organizations with U.S. graduate students who have related agricultural expertise for project support, providing benefits to both the student and the in-country institution.

Both new organizations and previously awarded organizations are encouraged to apply. Organizations in these countries are eligible:

  • In Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean: Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras
  • In Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, and Tajikistan

Directions and documents: Submit completed proposals as a PDF with budget spreadsheet into our online proposal system by 5 p.m. PDT April 3, 2017.

Questions? Contact with questions about the proposal process.


Students: Apply for Trellis fellowship (deadline passed)

Please note: We are not currently seeking student applications for Trellis Fund fellowships. The information and documents below are for information only.

Graduate students are invited to participate in Trellis Fund projects for the 2018 calendar year. 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, meals, visas and vaccines; and a $300 fellowship upon completion.

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

  • UC Davis
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

To apply: Students upload a cover letter and resume for each Trellis Fund project they are interested in, to our online application portal. Students may apply to up to three projects, maximum, and rank their preferred projects. The original deadline for student applications was Oct. 27, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EDT), and the deadline was extended for student applications to five specific projects to Nov. 20, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Please see complete instructions and desired qualifications for each project:

Please share this opportunity with graduate students who might be interested. This information is also available in a student recruitment video and a student flyer, for easier sharing online and in person.

Questions? Please contact