“My ARFUSA experience was extremely enriching for me as I continue with my PhD research on the gender dimensions of land reform in Cambodia. It not only provided me with resources to undertake an extended period of research, but also connected me with a whole new network of wonderful Cambodian and international scholars.”

Alice Beban, 2013 Award Winner

ARFUSA makes travel and study grants to help scholars and artists learn about rice in the developing world by going to a country where rice is important to study aspects of rice production, marketing, consumption, policy, or to create art or interpret culture related to rice.  
“At the International Rice Research Institute, I was impressed by the fields and the labs, the genebank, and the genotyping facility. My ARFUSA grant gave me the chance to learn more about the cutting-edge rice research done in different topics and meet several scientists. Through the Rice Research to Production course, I got hands-on experience in field practices and was even able to interact with farmers.”
Ana Bossa Castro, 2014 Award Winner
Our Mission: Contribute toward a world that can feed itself, treasure the rich heritage of rice cultures, and value rice growing land as a precious resource .
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Fostering a world that can feed itself, appreciate the rich heritage of its rice cultures and value its rice growing land as a precious resource to be shared with future generations. 
Applicants must be students registered at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or scholars associated with such an institution, and have a supporting letter from a faculty member of a United States university and a supporting letter from a professional with whom they propose being associated in Asia. Applications that involve travel and study of US-based scholars at IRRI are encouraged.

We support research and education to improve understanding of:
  • ​the role of rice in farming,
  • ​rice as an element in art and culture, and
  • ​rice as a food with a unique role.

We support efforts to help:
  • ​farmers to produce enough rice to meet world needs while conserving the environment,
  • ​preserve the rich artistic and cultural heritage of rice

“The International Rice Research Institute is certainly a premiere institute for rice science. I found the work being done there fascinating. The 3-week Rice Research to Production course that I participated in there provided me with a great opportunity to be exposed to many different topics and issues. A high point for me was getting to know and become friends with the course participants from 12 countries. I’m sure I will come across many of these people again as colleagues at some point in my career.”​
Hussain Sharifi, 2015 Award Winner

IRRI alumni and ARFUSA members met in Sacramento/Davis CA July 31-Aug 2, 2019

What previous winners of the Global Rice Leadership Award say about their experience:

    "Working with Dr. Ryu’s group was a great opportunity to have as a Master’s student. It was a rewarding learning experience in collaboration and will hopefully continue into the future. As a rice researcher, it was beneficial for me to see how impactful rice is culturally within South Korea. Rice has increasingly heavy ties within their economic process as a country, and rice continues to be present in many cultural traditions. I also enjoyed meeting students in my same position that have a strong appreciation for rice, both culturally and scientifically. I hope to continue studying rice and the effects it has in the global arena. I am incredibly thankful to Asia Rice USA for making this experience possible, and I hope to continue fostering relationships between my research and other places in the developing world where rice is influential. "

  Colby Reavis, 2016 Award Winner

2022 Annual Meeting, July 30, 2022
at Michigan State University

The award enabled me to take the IRRI Research to Production short course and travel to the Batad Rice Terraces, a World Heritage Site in Banaue, Philippines. That greatly added to my rice knowledge, but also made me realize how much I don’t know about rice production, not to mention the cultural importance that rice holds for different people. 

As a PhD student, I didn’t have a choice to study rice cropping systems. This trip significantly increased my interest in rice, inspiring me to become more driven in my studies. And, because we all have the same weeds, the rice research knowledge that is generated in my lab by my peers, myself, and our research advisor can provide valuable information to many people across many countries. 

Liberty Galvin, 2018 Award Winner

Global Rice Foundation
82 Ashlar Village
Wallingford, CT 06492
is now the 
Global Rice Research Foundation!