Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellowship Program

Our Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellowship supports graduate students from 1890 institutions to become next-generation leaders in inclusive and sustainable agricultural development through a robust mentorship program and technical training at Cornell University.

Selected Fellows have been notified of their acceptance. Stay tuned to meet our inaugural cohort of Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellows!

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellowship seeks to increase the number of women, LBGTQ+ and students from underrepresented backgrounds engaging in research and capacity development activities in inclusive and sustainable agricultural development.

With principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility at its core, the Fellowship supports students from underrepresented backgrounds while developing culturally responsive research mentors at participating universities.

By building equitable and mutually beneficial relationships with 1890 institutions, we can draw on the strengths of those institutions, giving us an opportunity to expand human capital and technical expertise in fields related to inclusive and sustainable agricultural development.

Fellowship dates

August 2022 – May 2023

Fields of study

Students can apply from any discipline, so long as it relates in a substantive way to inclusive and sustainable agricultural development — from plant sciences and nutrition to gender and climate resilience and beyond.

Our objectives

1

Enhance the academic and career readiness of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds from 1890 institutions to engage in research and capacity development activities on inclusive and sustainable agricultural development.
2

Recruit students from underrepresented backgrounds from 1890 institutions to participate in the Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellowship Program.
3

Develop and engage students from underrepresented backgrounds in a culturally-responsive research mentorship program that will enhance their likelihood for success in graduate programs and careers.
4

Develop and engage ILCI team members and associated faculty advisors in a student-centered and culturally-responsive research mentor training program that will enhance their faculty mentorship skills.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship will support up to ten graduate students from 1890 institutions, which are historically black colleges and universities that are land-grant universities. The target audience will be current Master’s or Ph.D. students who are currently pursuing graduate degrees in fields related to inclusive and sustainable agricultural development — from plant sciences and nutrition to gender and climate resilience and beyond.

Fellows will be placed in research teams/labs at Cornell University and work closely with peers throughout their fellowship. Fellows’ home institution advisors will be directly engaged as well, creating linkages to both support Fellows’ success, and create enhanced and lasting linkages between the 1890 institutions and Cornell University faculty and research programs.

Fellows will be at Cornell August 2022 through May 2023.

Mentorship education training program

Evidence shows that mentorship is a learned skill, and that mentors and mentees can learn to be more effective and more culturally responsive in their relationships through mentorship education. The TW Turner Fellowship Program will collaborate with CIMER to integrate evidence-based, culturally responsive mentorship education, and resources for program mentors and mentees.

Learn more about Thomas Wyatt Turner

Turner Fellowship team

Levon Esters

TW Turner Fellowship director

Monifa Morgan-Bell

TW Turner Fellowship coordinator

Devon Jenkins

ILCI program manager

Stephen Kresovich

ILCI director

Hale Ann Tufan

ILCI associate director

Alice Ginsberg

TW Turner Fellowship program evaluator

Ciara Coughlin

ILCI monitoring, learning and evaluation advisor

Fellowship partners

This work was funded in whole (or part) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under Agreement 7200AA21LA00003 as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement Minority Serving Institutions Fellowship Associate Award. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.