2018 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship


International Food Information Council Foundation
2018 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award:

Internship in Nutrition, Food Science and Communications

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 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was created to help deserving individuals further develop skills in the area of nutrition and food safety communication. The goal of this award is to develop the recipient’s nutrition and food safety 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 8–12 week paid internship ($600 per/week) at the IFIC/IFIC Foundation offices in Washington, DC. The internship needs to be completed by the end of 2018.


What do past fellows have to say about their experience? 

A History of Communications: Insights from IFIC Foundation's Sylvia Rowe Fellows

3 Takeaways From My Sylvia Rowe Fellowship

How I Learned to Communicate Nutrition Science at IFIC


Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within 12 months from the time of application) from a graduate level (MS, MD, or PhD) program in nutrition, food science, and/or journalism/communications. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Please refer to the following checklist of requirements to ensure completeness of the application packet:

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. 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.
  • Resume 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 less, 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.

  • A consumer friendly blog post busting your favorite food or nutrition myth. The blog post should be no more than 400 words. 

  • Completed Application Form due Wednesday, February 7, 2018.  Applicants will be notified by Monday, March 26, 2018.


Email (preferred) or mail all application materials to:
Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award
International Food Information Council Foundation
Attn: Tamika Sims
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 430
Washington, DC  20036
E-mail: sims@ific.org

For inquiries:
Tamika Sims
Email: sims@ific.org