The India Food Systems Fellowship 2023
Empowering Future Leaders to Drive Food System Change
Congratulations First Cohort!
The fellowship is on a rolling basis. Applications are still open.
Transforming India's Food Systems for the Future
The future of our food systems is critical to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To address the challenges facing our food systems, we need Systems Builders who can understand the complexity of food systems and influence change at multiple levels.
The India Food Systems Fellowship (TIFF)
The Food Future Foundation is launching ‘The India Food Systems Fellowship (TIFF)’ program for students in food and related areas. The program is designed to create a generation of food system change-makers by providing them with leadership skills and knowledge to drive food system change in India and globally. After the program, the fellows will join India Food System Leaders Network (IFSLN) to achieve SDGs 2030 and chart the future course for a people-centric food system transition in India and globally.
Why People-Centric Food System Transition is Crucial?
People-centric food system transition is crucial to addressing pressing global challenges, including hunger, malnutrition, poverty, environmental degradation, climate change, and livelihoods. There is an urgent need of professionals who can understand and navigate food systems.
Benefits of the program
The program aims to help fellows develop the skills needed to become effective leaders and collaborators in the field, apply their learning to real-world challenges in the food system, and make a meaningful impact on the future of our food system. By participating in the Food Future Fellowship Program, fellows will stand out as leaders in the field and have a deep understanding of the complex issues surrounding food production, distribution, and consumption.
By the end of the program, fellows will have gained a comprehensive understanding of food systems change and the skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in the field. Additionally, leading food organizations will provide fellows with valuable hands-on experience and exposure to the latest trends and practices in the industry.
What are the components of TIFF
TIFF consists of a four-week summer in-person immersive experience, 10-month engagement through fortnightly lectures, two-week winter attachment, and project development and presentation. The program covers topics such as food systems change, public health and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, food policy, food waste reduction, food marketing, food safety, and food security, and emphasizes personal development and continuous learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
TIFF stands for The India Food Systems Fellowship, a program launched by the Food Future Foundation aimed at creating a generation of food system change-makers by providing them with leadership skills and knowledge to drive food system change in India and globally.
The program is open to postgraduate students in dietetics and nutrition, food science and technology, agriculture and related areas, and MBA (Agri-Business), final year and pre-final year B. Tech. (Food Science and Technology), BSc (Agriculture and related areas), and candidates who completed their degrees recently and are either in employment or taking a career break.
No, the program includes both online and in-person components. The immersive in-person engagement takes place at the Foundation’s Office in New Delhi in May-June-July 2023 on a rolling basis, while weekly online sessions are held from July 2023 to April 2024.
TIFF is a 10-month program, including a four-week in-person immersive experience, 10-month online engagement, and a two-week winter attachment.
Participants in TIFF will develop the skills needed to become effective leaders and collaborators in the field, apply their learning to real-world challenges in the food system, and make a meaningful impact on the future of our food system. They will also receive certification as ‘The India Food System Fellow (TIFF)’ and will join the India Food System Leaders Network (IFSLN) to work together to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Candidates applying to TIFF must have a strong motivation to work in food and related areas. They must also attend the lectures/workshops, volunteer in two events, and complete a mentorship program.
No, there is no fee to participate in TIFF.
A total of 20 candidates will be selected for TIFF. The numbers may however vary depending on the response.
Interested candidates can apply by submitting their resume and a cover letter before the cut-off dates. There are two cut-off dates, 7 April 2023 and 22nd April 2023. 10 candidates will be selected from amongst those who apply before the first cut-off. Another 10 would be selected after the second cut-off. For the second batch, even those who could not make to the first list would be considered.
Note: The program is currently on a rolling application basis, once your application is processed, you will be informed within
adequate time from your date of in-person attachment.