2016 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Sylvia Rowe Fellowship.

The deadline to apply for the 2016 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship has passed. Please check back in December for information about the 2017 Sylvia Rowe fellowship. 

The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was established as a tribute to the former International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation President & CEO, Sylvia B. Rowe, to help promising nutrition and food safety communicators enhance their capabilities. The goal of this award is to develop the recipient's communication skills that he or she can and will apply to communicating nutrition and food safety information to the public in an academic setting, professional situation (either for-profit or nonprofit sector), or other public venue.

The recipient will be awarded an eight- to 12-week paid internship at the IFIC and Foundation offices in Washington, D.C. The internship needs to be completed by the end of the year in which it is awarded.

Read what past Sylvia Rowe Fellows have to say about their experience. 

Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within 12 months from the time of application) from a university undergraduate OR graduate program in nutrition, food safety, and/or journalism/communications. (Graduate students or recent graduates are preferred.) Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Applicants need to supply:

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed to date. Official transcripts are preferred; however, unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • Three (3) original letters of recommendation (Note: At least ONE must be from a program or department head. If the applicant has recently resumed educational studies, one letter of recommendation may be sent by someone who has worked with the applicant on a professional basis.) Letters can be included with the application.
  • Résumé that lists the following background information:
    - All scholarships, awards, fellowships, or grants previously or currently held. Indicate the amount of each and the date received.
    - Summary of work experience; include any teaching, research or communication positions.
    - Publications and professional presentations. Give complete citations for all publications; give names, dates and locations of professional presentations.
    - Current professional memberships. Designate any offices held with each organization.
  • List of planned academic programs/courses, if applicable. Include the institution, department, credit hours, course title, and a brief description.
  • Letter of Intent: In 250 words or fewer, describe the skills and experiences that merit the award of this scholarship. Explain how the internship will develop your communication skills to enhance public understanding of nutrition and food safety issues.
  • Completed Application Form. (form here)


Email (preferred) or mail all application materials to:

Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award
International Food Information Council Foundation
Attn: Kris Sollid
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 430
Washington, DC  20036
Email: sollid@ific.org


For inquiries:

Contact: Kris Sollid
Phone: (202)-296-6540
Email: sollid@ific.org