The Norman Borlaug Field Award for Field Research and Application($10,000)

A call for nominations is currently ongoing for the 2024 Norman Borlaug Field Award for Field Research and Application ($10,000).

This $10,000 award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of 40. Awardees emulate the same intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty demonstrated by Dr. Norman Borlaug as a young scientist working in Mexico in the 1940s and ’50s. 

The award will honour an individual who is working closely and directly “in the field” or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers, or others in rural communities in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain.

The individuals chosen to be recipients of the Borlaug Field Award are selected by an anonymous international jury chaired by Dr. W. Ronnie Coffman of Cornell University. Dr. Coffman, who was Dr. Borlaug’s only doctorate student, serves as a member of the World Food Prize Council of Advisors.

Award: $10,000


  • Nominees must be under the age of 40 (40th birthday not reached before World Food Day, October 16, of the year in which the award is presented).
  • Nominees must be actively working in the discipline, research area, position, or on the project(s) for which they are being recognised. They may be associated with a public or private educational, research, or development organization or related entity.
  • Nominees remain eligible for consideration beyond the year of their nomination, at the discretion of the Award Jury, as long as the award criteria and age requirement are met.
  • The award is intended to be presented to one person. In unusual and rare circumstances, another person may share the award for pronounced collaborative efforts and achievement.
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Selection Criteria

Candidates will be examined and selected based on the traits and accomplishments that Dr. Borlaug displayed during his work in field research and application, which include:

  • Innovation
  • Research/Science
  • Persistence
  • Communication
  • Application
  • Leadership
  • Impact

Nomination Process

The following documents are required for nomination:

  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae or resume, including date of birth, country of origin, education, and professional background.
  • One (1) nomination letter and two (2) letters of support describing, explaining and emphasising the main achievements of the nominee
  • A head shot of the nominee is required (minimum 300 dpi resolution); 2 additional action photos of the nominee at work may also be submitted.
  • A concise statement (3000-word limit) explaining and describing:
     1) the nominee’s work and accomplishments, with details and examples that illustrate several of the criteria specified for this award;
    2) how, in doing this work, the nominee reflects the attributes demonstrated by Dr. Borlaug during his early career; and
    3) the impact or results of the nominee’s work.

To apply for The Norman Borlaug Field Award for Field Research and Application ($10,000), click here

Deadline: June 15, 2024.

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