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Current criteria for the Fellowship program prevents participation by anyone not employed with a U.S. human or animal food/feed regulatory agency (local, state, federal, tribal or territorial) or a government laboratory (supporting regulatory food programs).  However, all applicant contact information is maintained on file should in the future the Fellowship program expand to include participation by non-regulatory personnel.


Applications are welcome from regulators or laboratorians employed by non-U.S. human or animal food/feed regulatory agencies or government laboratories supporting food regulatory programs. The non-U.S. food regulator or laboratorian who desires to be considered for the Fellowship program must personally contact IFPTI for an in-depth discussion of his or her agency’s responsibilities for full tuition payment and all travel expenses.

All non-U.S. applicants must have English proficiency of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of a minimum of band 7 (Good user). The non-U.S. applicant is required to follow the application and selection process. If selected for the Fellowship program, written confirmation of intent to participate in the program must be received within two weeks of notification of selection.


Every applicant must complete submit the following documents and complete an assessment before he or she will be considered for the Fellowship program.

1.   Submit application documents through the LRP (Learning Resource Portal)

  • Resume
  • Agency or Supervisor letter of support to participate
  • Applicant’s letter of commitment to complete the year-long program along with an explanation of long-term food protection goals
  • Written proof of IELTS score (applies only to non-U.S. regulators or laboratorians)

IF 1100 Foundations for Integrating the Food Safety System (IFSS)

This 10-module online course, available free of charge in the LMS, must be completed in full by all applicants who are chosen by the Selection Committee to be a Fellow. A newly selected Fellow, who has taken the IFSS course as part of his or her employment, will not be required to retake the course.


  • Attend each week-long session and participate in all interactive seminars
  • Participate in all interactive webinars
  • Successfully pass a post-test at the end of each week-long session
  • Conduct an original evidence-based research project, including literature review, on a food protection issue. This will culminate in a professional research article, presentation and research poster presented at the AFDO Annual Educational Conference.


  • Applications due: May 01, 2019
  • Cohort VIII announced: May 30, 2019
  • Week 1: September 15-20, 2019
  • Week 2: December 02-06, 2019
  • Week 3: March 23-27, 2020
  • AFDO Conference: Glendale, AZ: June 27 – July 1, 2020
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