Educational Exchange

Frequently Asked Questions

Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program

What are the requirements to participate in the program?
What are the benefits of participating in the program?
What is the application and selection process?
How much time will the program require?
Is there an application fee?
Is there a tuition or program fee?
What expenses are covered?
What do fellows pay for?

What are the requirements to participate in the program?
Participants must be employed by the federal government, an association or a non-governmental organization in a position that deals with agricultural issues.

What are the benefits of participating in the program?

Program participants will…

  • Gain a greater understanding of current California agricultural issues and challenges through a variety of unique experiences and seminars.
  • Have an in-depth and personal look at life on a family farm through host-family overnight farm stays.
  • Visit/tour multiple agricultural businesses and learn about their operations.
  • Have an opportunity to build relationships with growers, ranchers and agricultural industry representatives.
  • Gain an expanded network of fellow federal government staff.

What is the application and selection process?

  • The call for nominations and the availability of applications is in January.
  • Applications are due the end of February.
  • After screening of applications, selected candidates are interviewed by a delegation of California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) alumni. These face-to-face interviews take place in Washington, D.C., typically in the middle of March.
  • Candidates are notified of the selection outcome in spring.

How much time will the program require?
Seven days for the program tour, plus travel days. (Saturday: travel day to California. Sunday through Saturday: program tour. Sunday: travel day from California).

Is there an application fee?
There is no fee for applying to the program.

Is there a tuition or program fee?
No. The cost of the program is covered by donations to the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and by in-kind contributions from CALP alumni.

What expenses are covered?

  • Airfare is paid for by the foundation.
  • During the weeklong program, ground transportation, lodging and meals are provided as either in-kind donations by CALP alumni or are paid for by the foundation.

What do fellows pay for?

  • Incidental expenses.
  • Transportation to and from the selected departure airport in the Washington, D.C. area.