International Scholarships in Agriculture
The International School of Agricultural Sciences' masters’ programs aim to develop scientific leadership in modern agriculture, nutrition, environmental sciences and sustainable development. Program participants, mainly from developing countries, are significantly enriched by the academic and personal relationships, skills and knowledge gained at the Smith Faculty. Back home, they go on to become agents for change in government agencies, academia, NGOs, hospitals, and global organizations. Program graduates have gone on to revise national child nutrition programs, create strategic health plans promoting effective plant health and quarantine control services, and more.
Inspired by Israeli Achievements
Beyond the academic goals, the program instills an understanding of the Israeli reality in all its complexities through extensive social-cultural programs that incorporate lectures, discussions, celebrations of Jewish holidays, and professionally guided tours. The fact that so young a country as Israel has achieved so much, despite the huge security challenges and having so few natural resources, gives participants tremendous encouragement and motivation to act as agents of change in their own countries.
The number of applicants to the International MSc programs continues to increase, due both to increased concern around the globe about extreme climate changes, food production, water supply and environmental quality, and to recognition of the Hebrew University’s leadership role in the agricultural sciences.
For the vast majority of those enrolling in the international masters’ programs, their participation is enabled through the generous provision of scholarships by philanthropic and corporate donors around the world. However, the number of qualified applicants unable to cover their own expenses far surpasses the number of scholarships available.
“By bringing our Bachelor's and international Master's students to the field, I hope to ‘fertilize’ their academic knowledge with hands-on experience and expose them to farming from different cultures. Local elderly Ethiopian Jews – previously farmers for many generations – are invited to share this field with our students so they can grow their own food again. In our joint garden, the young and the old sow, harvest and laugh side-by-side. This cross-generational multi-cultural empowerment literally brings tears to my eyes.”
Professor Alon Samach, The Robert H. Smith
Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment