National Needs Fellowship in Plant Breeding

National Needs Fellowship in Plant Breeding 2021-22

The University of California, Davis received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for a National Needs Graduate Fellowship (NNF) grant to fully support two Masters-level Graduate Research Assistantships in Plant Breeding.

The positions are available through a joint collaboration of the Plant Breeding Center and the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group (GGHA). Candidates for NNF funding will be chosen from the pool of applicants to the GGHA, with a focus on historically underrepresented groups.

The UC Davis curriculum equips students with skills and knowledge in both classical and field-based plant breeding, and molecular and genomics technology in plant breeding. Fellows will benefit from interdisciplinary training, networking with industry professionals, and opportunities to participate in professional meetings. Expected outcomes include publication of research in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at local and national meetings, development of educational materials, and participation in extension and educational programs. Recipients must be citizens or nationals of the United States of America.


How to Apply:

1) Apply for a Master's program through the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group. Instructions can be found here:

2) Once your GGHA application is complete, email Amanda Saichaie at to state your intent to be considered for the NNF Fellowship.

3) When you receive application results, follow up with Amanda Saichaie to report your acceptance into the program.

Note: You do not need to reference the NNF Fellowship in your GGHA application. All
decisions regarding the NNF in Plant Breeding will be made by the Plant Breeding Center.

For questions regarding the NNF in Plant Breeding, email:

For questions regarding the Graduate Application Process, refer to: