NCGA Research Ambassador Program

The purpose of the NCGA Research Ambassador Program is to build a network of future leaders in the agriculture sector. Up to six (6) students will be selected each year to receive financial support as well as travel and networking opportunities. Ambassadors must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and be involved in research relevant to corn production.

Why Apply?
Students selected as NCGA Research Ambassadors will receive the following:

  • Financial award of $2,500 directly to the student;
  • Up to $750 for registration and travel reimbursement for participation in scientific research conferences;
  • Fully-funded travel to participate in NCGA events throughout the year, which could include grower research committee meetings, congressional visits at the state or federal level, Commodity Classic, Corn Congress, farm field days, etc.


  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Current enrollment as a graduate student with identified advisor
  • Involved in research broadly related to corn production (breeding, genetics, computer science, engineering, etc.).
  • Available to fully participate in the program, which includes travel to at least one NCGA grower meeting. NCGA travel opportunities will fall during the academic year and/or summer field season. Potential travel dates include the following:
    NCGA Grower Committee Meetings: January 10-12, 2022, Location TBD
    Commodity Classic: March 10-12, 2022, New Orleans
    Corn Utilization and Technology Conference: June 6-8, 2022, Location TBD
    NCGA Corn Congress: July 11-14, 2022, Washington, DC

While any student meeting the above criteria may apply, preference will be given to students involved in research associated with the Genomes to Fields research network.