Digital Agriculture Fellowship

A key part of the AI4SA project is the Digital Agriculture Fellowship (DAF), which is designed for undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience in agriculture and research. AI4SA encourages eligible undergraduate students to apply.

Students selected for each cohort will complete approximately 15 months of hands-on research and networking experience, with an additional opportunity for externship participation.


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.

Examples of Prospected Student-Led Research Topics include:

  • Creation of smartphone apps for assessment of plant biotic and abiotic stress
  • Agricultural robotics
  • Remote sensing of plant and soil processes
  • Big-data management
  • Machine Learning applications in Agriculture

Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 from majors including Data Science, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, and/or Engineering are encouraged to apply for the Fellowship Program. Students should be in their sophomore or junior year of their undergraduate degree. Students must be U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents.

Education and Training Path

Each year, a group of students will be selected to join the Fellowship Program. The students will participate in the UCR RISE summer research program along with student-led research opportunities. Additionally, industry-based externship experiences will be available for selected DAF students at the end of the program.

The program starts in 2021 and will end in 2025. Students will be selected for cohorts from April until May. The first cohort will be selected starting in April of 2021. The second cohort will be selected the following year in 2022, and this process will continue until 2025, when the final and fifth Cohort will be selected.

How To Apply

Eligible students should apply using the form located on the STEM Digital Ag. Fellowship page. Please reach out with any questions to 

Fellowship Overview and Cohort I Presentations
Spring Symposium 2022
Fellowship Education and Training Timeline

Select a tile to learn more about each portion of the Fellowship Timeline.


Digital Agriculture Fellows
Cohort I
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