2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute for Students – Iowa, USA

2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute for Students – Iowa, USA

Deadline: August 3, 2015

Become a student leader in the global fight against hunger. Apply to participate in the 2015 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa. Delegates will be selected to represent countries outside the U.S. at the Global Youth Institute held in Des Moines, Iowa, October 15-17, 2015.

There, they will join over 300 other outstanding high school students and teachers from across the United States and around the world for an exciting three-day program to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates, and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 75 countries attending the World Food Prize’s annual international symposium.

GYI Details

At the Global Youth Institute, student delegates present and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers, connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in symposium discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy.

Teacher mentors register their student(s) to participate in a qualifying State Youth Institute (if the student resides in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin) or apply for an at-large delegate seat at the Global Youth Institute (if the student resides in another state or country). The students then research and write a short research report on a critical food security issue under the direction of their teacher mentor.


At the Global Youth Institute, participating high school students have the opportunity to:

  • Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with international experts
  • Connect with other student leaders from across the United States and other countries to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships
  • Tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities addressing food and water security, nutrition, global agriculture and health
  • Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy at the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium
  • Meet the World Food Prize Laureates at the magnificent Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates before they receive the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” for greatly advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world
  • Get Involved with Hands-On Projects
  • Attend the Symposium and Award Ceremony
  • Travel Abroad and Start Making a Difference

By participating in the Global Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience for high school students to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East or USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship, a paid two-month research or policy placement at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory or field office, or at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C.


  • Open to high school students from across the United States, China, Mexico, Tanzania, Nigeria and other countries
  • Ninth through Twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.

How to Participate

  • To participate, students research a global issue and write a five-page paper under the supervision of a teacher mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above).
  • Each high school must register their student delegate nominee(s) and submit each student’s research paper online by August 3, 2015. Ninth through Twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.

All submitted registrations and research papers will be evaluated by a committee of experts, and invitations to attend the Global Youth Institute as a student delegate representing Tanzania will be emailed by August 15, 2015.

For more country-specific information, visit Global Youth Institute.