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Deadline for 2017 applications: 1 July 2017
Trustees and Council meet in Ithaca July 28-29, 2017
The meeting is open to all who are interested in the Foundation's work 

You may receive up to $3,500 for work on any subject related to rice in the developing world

ARFUSA annually grants up to US$3,500 per scholar for travel, scientific research, education, or artistic work about rice in developing rice-producing countries. You must be a student or scholar (of any nationality) registered at an accredited U.S. university or college and have a letter of support from a member of your school’s faculty. Creative artists must illustrate their qualifications. You must provide a full project budget and tell us where you will get additional funds, if needed.

ARFUSA encourages applications that involve travel to and study at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines or other developing country institutions or locations.

Applications are evaluated based on quality of the proposal, the contribution to knowledge about rice, potential contribution to resolving issues related to rice in Asia, and the leadership potential of the applicant.

Submit your application by email to
Deadline for applications is 1 July 2017. 
How to Apply
​Submit your application by email to
Deadline for applications is        1 July 2017. 

In 1,000 words or less, state the objective of the work, the methodology or artistic media to be used, and the potential value of the expected product.  

  • a brief biography stating your relevant experience 
  • if you are granted an award we will need a separate file in .jpg format that we can use on our site -- a photo of you at work on rice is a good choice! If you wish, include the photo file in your original application.
  • an academic transcript
  • a supporting letter from your advisor
  • a supporting letter from a faculty member in a US university or your national rice foundation associated with Asia Rice Foundation, Inc.
  • a budget that states the total project cost and how our funds will be used
  • a statement that tells where you will get any other needed support if your needs exceed $3,500
Asia Rice Foundation USA, Inc.
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Wallingford, CT 06492
ARFUSA scholars in pollination lab of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI): Jenna Reeger (left) and Ana Bossa Castro watch Hussain Sharifi take a stab at pollinating a rice plant during IRRI's 9th annual Rice: Research to Production Course, which runs 10-28 August, 2015. All three were winners of an ARFUSA Travel and Study Grant that financed their trip to IRRI in the Philippines for the 3-week course. Read more about the three. ​
Trustees and Council meet in Ithaca, NY, July 28-29, 2017
The meeting is open to all who are interested in the Foundation's work