Newswise — Washington D.C. -- The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) is looking for highly motivated graduate students for a paid, part-time fellowship that provides the opportunity to directly participate in advancing food safety or nutritional sciences.

  • As the fellowship is a means to expand experiences while not adversely impacting progress towards completion of a Master’s or Doctoral degree, this opportunity is intentionally a part-time offering.
  • This fellowship may run between 6 weeks and 12 weeks and may occur anytime between May 15 and September 30.

IAFNS is a nonprofit, scientific and educational organization. As part of our educational mission, IAFNS offers and freely shares many events and webinars with students. 

Summer Research Opportunity Fellowship

IAFNS is committed to ensuring that the opportunity to apply to this fellowship is open to a diverse pool of qualified applicants – not exclusive of those typically underrepresented in nutrition, toxicology, chemistry, food microbiology, risk assessment and other science fields, such as women, ethnic and racial minorities, low-income households, or from non-traditional backgrounds.

This is a unique opportunity to work with scientists in government, industry and academia as a paid apprentice to learn more about how multi-sector science collaborations have impact.  Students are asked to meet the challenges of the food and beverage ecosystem by leading a specific project.  Representative project areas for 2021 may include:

  • Safety of novel food ingredient
  • Bioactives and health
  • Sustainable Nutrition
  • Risk assessments of heavy metals in food
  • PFAS chemical exposure from food packaging


The position is offered as a remote role. While the candidate will complete the fellowship in a remote setting, the candidate must agree to remain in compliance with social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidance from federal, state and local officials.


To be eligible for the Summer Opportunity Research Fellowship, a candidate must:

Currently be a Graduate student or post-doctoral student. Unfortunately, students who have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree but are not in Graduate school are ineligible. 

Be able to verify eligibility to work in the United States.

How to Apply

Please submit the following information to [email protected]:

  • Resume/CV
  • 2-page Statement of Interest describing thesis research, career goals, how the fellowship would support career objectives – and area of IAFNS’ work of greatest interest. (Please refer to for a full description of science programs.)
  • Cover Letter that includes contact details for candidate’s advisor and available dates for the fellowship.

Review of applications will begin on April 7, 2021 and will continue on a rolling basis.

IAFNS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit institution whose mission is to advance food safety and nutritional sciences for public benefit. With a tri-partite operating model, scientists from multiple sectors work collaboratively to support positive change in the food and beverage ecosystem. IAFNS has over forty scientific projects and programs all focused on delivering science that matters. Learn more at

IAFNS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.