2018-19 UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship: Student Ambassador


The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a student fellowship opportunity with the University of California Global Food Initiative (GFI). This fellowship will allow an outstanding undergraduate graduate student to serve as the Student Ambassador.

The funding will be administered as a stipend. Applicants should be aware that receipt of a fellowship may affect financial aid packages. If you have a question about impact on financial aid, please discuss with your financial aid officer.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 20, 2018 at 5pm Pacific Time

Applicant must be a matriculated undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. To apply, submit the following items as a single pdf by email to foodinstitute@berkeley.edu with the subject line “GFI Fellowship: Student Ambassador.”

  1. Cover letter stating your reasons for application to this fellowship and a summary of most relevant experiences, skills, and/or education.
  2. Resume (limit 2 pages).
  3. Contact information for 2 references. One should be a professor or major advisor.

Background on the UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program:
The overarching goal of the University of California Global Food Initiative is “to harness the resources of the University of California—its research, people, expertise, and tradition of public service—to put the world on a pathway to feed itself in ways that are nutritious and sustainable.” To engage students in this effort, the UC Office of the President created the President’s GFI Student Fellowship Program. The program provides each campus with funding in 2018-19 for four student awards of $4,000 each.

Student Ambassador: The GFI Student Ambassador role formed in response to a desire for increased student engagement in the Global Food Initiative both systemwide and at the campus level. The Student Ambassador serves as the GFI student engagement go‐to person for their campus. Ambassadors will be invited to participate in leadership meetings of the UC Global Food Initiative where they will share their student voice, report out on student engagement activities, and connect with GFI working group leaders across the system. The Student Ambassador will also work closely with the Berkeley Food Institute staff to increase student opportunities in campus food and agriculture-related activities.

The student ambassador will have a $1,000 programming budget for on-campus activities.


Student Opportunities Newsletter: Create and distribute weekly Berkeley Food Institute Student Opportunities Newsletter.

Campus Food-related Student Group Networking and Promotion: Encourage cross-fertilization among UC Berkeley food-related student groups via:

  • Serving as chair of the Berkeley Food Institute Undergraduate Advisory Council, as well as collaborate with the Graduate Advisory Council.
  • Promoting all student group events on the Berkeley Food Institute campus calendar and other social media channels.
  • Work with Berkeley Food Institute communications staff on showcasing student opportunities related to food and agriculture.

GFI Meetings and Reporting:

  • Participation in GFI systemwide activities, including monthly GFI conference calls, attendance at meetings of GFI leadership, and GFI Fellows’ field trip. In addition, attend in-person GFI leadership meetings.
  • Participate actively in campus GFI Working Group meetings.
  • Meet regularly with other UC Berkeley GFI fellows to ensure representation of their projects and needs.
  • Submit quarterly updates, along with other GFI working group leaders, sharing the status of engagement efforts; provide student feedback and communicate campus needs and opportunities.


  • Matriculated undergraduate student at UC Berkeley.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, particularly in regards to interpersonal communications across diverse groups.
  • Experience with facilitation, relationship-building, and project coordination among diverse people and programs.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a group setting; ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and commitment.
  • Ability to foresee, identify, and recommend solutions in the position’s areas of responsibility.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Comfort with creativity, innovation, and hard work.
  • Professionalism, courtesy, punctuality, and good humor.
  • Interest and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the Berkeley Food Institute mission.
  • Work experience and/or public service related to food and/or agriculture in a leadership role.

Application must be submitted by May 20, 2018 at 5pm Pacific Time.

The student is expected to work on the campus fellowship project an average of 3-5 hours per week for the full 2018-19 academic year. Specific scheduling will be arranged with agreement of fellowship recipient and supervisor.

Systemwide activities for the GFI Fellowship program will begin with an orientation on July 9, 2018 at UC Santa Barbara. Systemwide activities and funded by the UC Global Food Initiative above and beyond the fellowship award, and will also include leadership retreats, a spring field trip, and a closing symposium and poster presentation to be held in conjunction with the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in June/July 2019. Additional activities may include quarterly conference calls, attendance at meetings of GFI leadership and participation in GFI-related activities in support of the initiative. Please note, absent exceptional circumstances, that all GFI Student Fellows and Ambassadors are expected to attend the systemwide events.

Direct any questions to BFI Program Manager Rosalie Z. Fanshel at foodinstitute@berkeley.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

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