International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program

Learn more about how to apply to be an International Agricultural Education Fellow in Mexico by reading the Call For Applications and contact for more information.

Application Deadlines for IAEFP Mexico

  • Reviewing applications on a rolling basis for starting in August 2024

The International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program (IAEFP) promotes agriculture among youth in high schools in central Mexico. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by the University of Missouri and educational partners in Mexico.

The IAEFP is for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field to expand agricultural engagement with youth in central Mexico. The fellows will support hands-on education using 4-H Clubs and classroom activities to facilitate youth’s learning and leadership in agriculture. Fellows will primarily focus on 4-H Club extracurricular activities, and secondarily will lead some activities in the classroom and contribute technical knowledge to ag extension activities.

IAEFP Fellows bring their agricultural and youth development knowledge to a community and work with its youth. The fellows will have potential impact in a school community and its food security, as well as the career and leadership paths of young people and agricultural producers.

The fellows also grow their own capacities and knowledge with the lessons they learn in a different cultural, language, and natural environment, and through the many opportunities for exploration and learning in the IAEFP.  The cohort of fellows have the opportunity to grow strong friendships among the cohort and benefit from mentorship of a faculty member.

Beyond these benefits, the agricultural education immersion in Mexico will give fellows a distinct advantage for being hired to work as an extension specialist in the U.S., where cultural competence with diverse audiences, including Latino/a newcomers, is a growing necessity.


The IAEFP Mexico fellowship is anticipated to be in a medium-sized town outside of Mexico City and nearby communities in the mountainous central Mexican states of Mexico and Puebla. These are gorgeous characterized as subtropical highlands with a breadth of diverse microclimates across altitude and geography.

While many parts of Mexico have safety issues, the area hosting the fellowship has been relatively safe and the implementing partners prioritize security for all involved.

Other IAEFP programs are based in Ghana and Guatemala.


IAEFP Fellows are required to:

  • Have an agriculture-related bachelor’s degree prior to deployment
  • Be a US citizen
  • Have Spanish proficiency (see Call for Applications for details)
  • Commit to the full 10-month fellowship


Check out the IAEFP Mexico frequently asked questions to get more information on the implementing partners, what to expect as a fellow and other logistics of the program.

See the Call for Applications for details. If you have any questions or concerns contact Lindsey Sanders,

Photos provided by fellows and partners in the IAEFP program.