Now Accepting Applications for Sylvia Rowe Fellowship - International Food Information Council Foundation

CLOSING DATE: February 15, 2019


JOB #: 13619

POSTED: January 30, 2019



The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was established as a tribute to the former International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation President & CEO, Sylvia B. Rowe, to help promising nutrition and food safety communicators enhance their capabilities. The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was created to help deserving individuals further develop skills in the area of nutrition and food safety communication. The goal of this award is to develop the recipient’s nutrition and food safety communication skills that he or she can and will apply to communicating nutrition and food safety information to the public in an academic setting, professional situation (either for-profit or nonprofit sector) or other public venue.

The recipient will be awarded an 8–12 week paid internship ($600 per/week) at the IFIC/IFIC Foundation offices in Washington, DC. The internship needs to be completed by the end of 2019.

Additional Details:


Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within 12 months from the time of application) from a graduate level (MS, MD, or PhD) program in nutrition, food science, and/or journalism/communications. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Please refer to the following checklist of requirements to ensure completeness of the application packet:

How to Apply:


  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed to date. Official transcripts are preferred; however, unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • Three (3) original letters of recommendation. At least ONE must be from a program or department head. If the applicant has recently resumed educational studies, one letter of recommendation may be sent by someone who has worked with the applicant on a professional basis.
  • Resume that lists the following background information:
    • All scholarships, awards, fellowships or grants previously or currently held. Indicate the amount of each and the date received.
    • Summary of work experience; include any teaching, research or communication positions.
    • Publications and professional presentations. Give complete citations for all publications; give names, dates and locations of professional presentations.
    • Current professional memberships. Designate any offices held with each organization.
  • List of planned academic programs/courses, if applicable. Include the institution, department, credit hours, course title, and a brief description.
  • Letter of Intent: In 250 words or less, describe the skills and experiences that merit the award of this scholarship. Explain how the internship will develop your communication skills to enhance public understanding of nutrition and food safety issues.
  • A consumer friendly blog post busting your favorite food or nutrition myth. The blog post should be no more than 400 words.
  • Completed Application Form due Friday, February 15th, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by Monday, April 1st, 2019.

Email all application materials to:

Tamika Sims, PhD

For inquiries:
Contact: Tamika Sims and/or Ali Webster
Email: (Tamika) and (Ali)

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