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Fellowships Available for Mycotoxins Training

JIFSAN’s International Food Safety Training Laboratory has received a grant from the USDA Emerging Markets Program that will support the participation of analysts from select countries in a workshop of mycotoxins analysis. We will offer two opportunities to participate, one in November 2014 and one in March 2015. Each participant will attend a single one of these workshops.

1st workshop date:
November 12-21, 2014

2nd workshop date:
March 2-11, 2014

Summary of requirements and funding

Criteria:

  • Eligible countries: Indonesia, Turkey, Vietnam, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi.
  • Be a laboratory analyst from academia, governments and/or industry or trade groups
  • Current job involves: Current involvement in laboratory functions related to the measurement of chemical contaminants in food (ideally aflatoxins), and/or belonging to a group working on domestic and trade-related standards for maize, and/or academic position permitting research in the prevalence, exposure, risk and/or reduction of aflatoxin in the diet

Cost share requirements

  • You must be able to cover your lodging in the US (~$120/night per hotel room), health insurance during your stay in the US and all costs in your country.
  • The grant will cover: Flight, meals for the duration of the training, and ground transportation in the US.

Please note that University travel policy do not allow payment of incidentals and other allowances for your stay in the US.

Application process

Please submit a one page letter on your organization’s letter head (in PDF format) to: ifstl@umd.edu.

The letter must indicate:

  • Your name
  • Your job role and activities you perform daily
  • A statement confirming that you are able to cover all expenses not covered by the grant
  • A paragraph on how you will be able to make an impact in your country from receiving this training.

Selection of participants with appropriate profile will be made on a first come-first served basis and the split of academic/government industry will be taken into consideration. A maximum of 20 fellowships is available and we expect that most will participate in the March training (due to the delays in getting visas to come to the US).