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Professional Travel Scholarships – Urban Food Systems Symposium

Professional Travel Scholarships

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Please note that our application deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting scholarship applications.

Many State SARE offices have professional development funding available. Please connect directly with your local SARE office for more information.


Twenty-five travel grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to Urban Food Systems professionals including extension educators, state and federal agency workers, educators, and not-for-profit professionals serving the urban food system. This scholarship can be used towards lodging, registration, meals, airfare and mileage. Scholarship winners will also receive complimentary registration to our Pre-Symposium Workshop with Mark Winne. 

Important Dates:
Application Open: October 15, 2019

Application Deadline: December 20, 2019 – CLOSED

Recipients Announced: February 3, 2020


  • Current professionals working in Urban Food Systems or a related field
  • Successfully submitted statement of interest.

Criteria For Selecting Professional Travel Grant Awardees
The statement of interest should include: why you are interested in Urban Food Systems and how the symposium will help you develop your professional goals.

All applications are scored on a 40 – point scale as given below:
Statement of interest – 30 points

  • How attending this Symposium will advance your professional goals (maximum 2500 characters) – 15 points
  • Describe your professional and personal interest in Urban food systems (maximum 2500 characters) – 15 points

Written quality of statement – 10 points

Travel grants will be distributed at the Urban Food Systems Symposium. Each person must register and pay for the Symposium in order to receive his or her check (the check will be in the registration packet). 

For more information, contact us here.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-38640-29879 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number XNC19-181 Capacity Building in Urban Food Systems in the North Central Region. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


UFSS 2022 LOCATION – Kansas City, Missouri

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