Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

NIFA requests applications for the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to conduct scholarship programs leading to either baccalaureate degrees within the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human (FANH) Sciences or Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in order to meet national and international needs for training scientists and professionals in the FANH science fields. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2018 is approximately $945,000.

The purpose of the MSP is to provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the FANH disciplines or the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree. The scholarships are intended to encourage outstanding students from groups that are historically underrepresented and underserved to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in FANH Sciences, or achieve a D.V.M., that would lead to a diverse and highly skilled work force.

Deadline: June 20, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

Applications may only be submitted by (1) Land-Grant Institutions, (2) Colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments, (3) Other colleges and universities, and (4) 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 FANH sciences.  

Amount Description

The anticipated amount available for MSP with FY 2017 funding is approximately $945,400. The funds will be awarded through grants. Each MSP application may request any combination of undergraduate and/or D.V.M. degree level scholarships ($6,500 per student per year for up to four years). For each award, there is a $2,500 per student per year cost-of-education allowance for the institution. For the SEL support there will be $4,000 per eligible USDA MSP Scholar. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 20, 2018