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Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship Call for Applications

The deadline has passed.

The Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship provides an opportunity for early career women scholars working on food, agricultural, or resource issues to collaborate with an established expert at another university, institution, or firm.

At least one (1) Fellowship of up to $2,500 will be awarded for use during the 2024 calendar year. The funding is designed to cover the costs of travel and expenses for the awardee to work directly with the mentor on a specific project. Preference will be given to new mentoring relationships as opposed to continuing an existing one.

The application deadline is Monday, October 16, 2023.

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter outlining proposed plan for mentorship, including contact information for the mentor, proposed dates of collaboration, and outputs expected
  2. Current CV for nominee
  3. Research proposal outlining the research project that you will work on with your mentor (maximum 3 single-spaced pages)
  4. Letter of recommendation
  5. Letter of intent to collaborate from the proposed mentor
  6. Budget

Applications should be submitted in a single PDF format to Kristen McGuire, at If you have any questions, please contact Kristen by email or by phone at (414) 918-3190.

The Sylvia Lane Mentorship Fund was established by the Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics (CWAE) for the AAEA Trust. The purpose of the fund is to sponsor activities that encourage the academic and professional development of women conducting economic analyses of food, agricultural, or natural resource issues.

Sylvia Lane had a distinguished record of research and teaching in the areas of consumer credit, health care, rural health service delivery, food stamps, and other areas concerning low-income consumers. She was named a fellow of the AAEA in 1984, one of the first women to receive this honor. She served as a consultant to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and was a member of the President's Committee on Consumer Interests. She was a Professor Emerita of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley.