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Digital Agriculture Fellowship Summer Research


Program Overview

Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Agriculture (AI4SA) is a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research project based out of UC Riverside. Partner institutions include the University of Arizona, Duke University, University of Georgia, and Kansas State University. The project is funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

For thousands of years, the Colorado River and Salinas River have supplied surrounding regions with access to fresh water for growing crops. Climate change is threatening current and future access to these waters, with crop stressors (e.g., salinity, drought, pests) expected to require additional resources to protect crops and profits. It is the goal of the research and work being done throughout this project to provide actionable knowledge and tangible tools to improve sustainable management of these agricultural regions in the Western U.S.

A key part of this project is the Digital Agriculture Fellowship, which is a 15-month research fellowship intended for undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience in agriculture and research. Students will be be paid a stipend for the beginning summer and 9-month academic year research with potential for externship opportunities with industry partners.

A major purpose of the Fellowship Program is to revitalize interest in pursuing agriculture as a career, by providing students with the experience and guidance necessary for entering the U.S. agricultural workforce. Throughout the Fellowship Program, students will be given networking opportunities, hands-on research experience, and mentorship from the scientists of the AI4SA project.



  • Current undergraduate students from UCR or partnering institutions (above)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Majors include: Data Science, Environmental Science, Agricultural Sciences and/or Engineering (focus on environmental, agricultural, and sustainability)
    • UCR Majors may include: Computer Science, Data Science, Earth Science, Entomology, Environmental Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geophysics, Mathematics, Plant Biology, Statistics
  • Students should be in their sophomore or junior year of their undergraduate degree and committed to the 15-month fellowship
  • Summer research is a full-time commitment, students must be available up to 40 hours per week, 8am - 5pm M-F with occasional nights and weekends
  • Cannot be employed, enroll in summer courses or go on vacation for the duration of summer research
  • Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident per USDA grant guidelines


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