Burning Questions Fellowship Awards

Encouraging academic researchers to offer high quality guidance to front-line persons to help them come to grips with their burning questions

Fall/Winter 2021 – Fellowships Applications

(September 30 – November 24, 2021)

Application Instructions

We welcome and encourage inquiries.

Please write to [email protected].

Read about previous fellowship winners here and here.

Fellowship awards key information

  • These fellowships focus on a set of “burning questions” we have collected from leaders of NGOs trying to understand and find solutions to of global industrial food animal production’s negative impacts, particularly concerning low- and middle-income countries.
  • They are intended for academic researchers (early career as well as senior academics). Independent scholars can also apply.
  • Applicants must hold PhD/doctoral degrees or be in PhD/doctoral students at an advanced stage of their studies.
  • There are no restrictions as to applicants’ place of residence or citizenship.
  • The award period is four months.
  • Three categories of awards are available:
    • Category 1: US$25,000 for a team of two to four researchers with a PhD/doctoral degree holder as the lead and recipient of award funds.
    • Cateogry 2: US$20,000 for a single individual with a PhD/doctoral degree.
    • Category 3: US$15,000 for a single individual enrolled in a PhD/doctoral degree program and at an advanced stage of PhD/doctoral studies.
  • Fellowships are awarded twice each year: Spring/Summer round, and Fall/Winter round.
  • The main task of a fellowship recipient during the award period is to prepare one 6,000 – 7,000 words report which we call Guidance Memo:
    • Guidance Memos are written in plain language.
    • Topics addressed in Guidance Memos must be directly relevant to one or more “burning questions”.
    • Guidance Memos should provide sound information and clear explanations that deepen readers’ understanding of the issues addressed, highlight key considerations that they may not be aware of, offer practical advice that helps their work and decision-making.
  • Also required from a recipient of a fellowship award are:
    • An annotated bibliography of publications that are relevant to the content in the Guidance Memo.
    • A short personal narrative on the experience working on the Guidance Memo.

Why offer these fellowships?

  • To support academic researchers who are interested in communicating their research into negative impacts of industrial animal agriculture and in helping front-line persons.
  • To provide materials that shed light on “burning questions” that front-line persons have asked, in the form of “Guidance Memos”.

Fellowship Award Winners