Cochran Fellowship Program

The Cochran Fellowship Program provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle income countries, emerging markets and emerging democracies.

Cochran fellows come to the United States, generally for 2-3 weeks, to work with U.S. universities, government agencies and private companies. They receive hands-on training to enhance their technical knowledge and skills in areas related to agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and marketing.

The goals of the Cochran Fellowship Program are:

  • to help eligible countries develop agricultural systems necessary to meet the food and fiber needs of their domestic populations; and
  • to strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural interests in the United States.

Since its start in 1984, the Cochran Program has provided training for more than 14,300 fellows from 123 countries. The program is named for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi.