Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The purpose of the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), Assistance Listing 10.220, is to provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the food and agricultural science disciplines or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees. The goals and objectives of the scholarships are to encourage outstanding students from groups that are historically underrepresented and underserved to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in food and agricultural sciences, or achieve a D.V.M., that would lead to a diverse and highly skilled work force. This may include the teaching and preservation of traditional ecological knowledge.

Duplicate or Multiple Submissions –NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits duplicate or multiple submissions. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: April 1, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Only the following are eligible to apply: Land-Grant Institutions, Colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments, other colleges and universities, and Institutes or research foundations maintained by an eligible college or university. Institutions that have not previously applied are especially encouraged to do so. Applicants must be institutions that confer a bachelor’s or D.V.M. degree in at least one of the disciplines in the food and agricultural sciences.

Amount Description

The  amount  available  for the  Higher  Education  Multicultural  Scholars  Program (MSP)  in  FY  2022  is approximately  $1,250,000. The  assistance  instrument  will be  in  the  form of grants. USDA is  not  committed  to fund any particular  application or  to  make  a specific  number of  awards.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 1, 2024