LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR THE INTEGRATED FOOD SAFETY SYSTEM
The IFPTI Fellowship Program is a unique, year-long program for food protection professionals who want to make a positive impact on the profession through association membership, advocacy, and applied leadership.
This Program takes a multifaceted approach incorporating three on-location weeklong sessions, periodic webinars, and a mentor-guided research project. This program is guided by recognized leaders in food protection and focuses on the areas of Advanced Communication, Program Management, and Applied Leadership.
The Fellowship has over 60 alumni from federal, state, and local regulatory food protection agencies, and we are now welcoming applications for Cohort VII until March 1, 2018. Click here to create an account and apply online.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY (U.S.):
Current criteria for the Fellowship program precludes (prevents) participation by anyone not employed with a U.S. human or animal food/feed regulatory agency (local, state, federal, tribal or territorial) or a government laboratory (supporting regulatory food programs). However, all applicant contact information is maintained on file should in the future the Fellowship program expand to include participation by non-regulatory personnel.
Applications are welcome from regulators or laboratorians employed by non-U.S. human or animal food/feed regulatory agencies or government laboratories supporting food regulatory programs. The non-U.S. food regulator or laboratorian who desires to be considered for the Fellowship program must personally contact IFPTI for an in-depth discussion of his or her agency’s responsibilities for full tuition payment and all travel expenses.
All non-U.S. applicants must have English proficiency of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of a minimum of band 7 (Good user). The non-U.S. applicant is required to follow the application and selection process. If selected for the Fellowship program, written confirmation of intent to participate in the program must be received within two weeks of notification of selection.
HOW TO APPLY
EVERY APPLICANT MUST COMPLETE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS AND COMPLETE AN ASSESSMENT BEFORE HE OR SHE WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM.
1. Submit application documents through the LMS (Learning Management System) Portal
Three letters of reference related to the food regulatory profession
Agency or Supervisor letter of support to participate
Written explanation of long-term food protection goals
Applicant’s letter of commitment to complete the year-long program
One page, original composition, with sources, of applicant’s perception of the Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS).
Written proof of IELTS score (applies only to non-U.S. regulators or laboratorians)
PERSONAL INTERVIEW OF APPLICANTS
Fellowship Cohorts are limited in size. Therefore, the Selection Committee will conduct telephone interviews with applicants who have completed the above steps before final determination and announcement of the Fellowship Cohort. This is the final phase of the selection process.
IF 1100 FOUNDATIONS FOR INTEGRATING THE FOOD SAFETY SYSTEM (IFSS)
This 10-module online course, available free of charge in the LMS, must be completed in full by all applicants who are chosen by the Selection Committee to be a Fellow. A newly selected Fellow, who has taken the IFSS course as part of his or her employment, will not be required to retake the course.
Attend each week-long session and participate in all interactive seminars
Participate in all interactive webinars
Successfully pass a post-test at the end of each week-long session
Conduct an original evidence-based research project, including literature review, on a food protection issue. This will culminate in a professional research article, presentation and research poster presented during the AFDO Annual Educational Conference.
more here: ifpti.org/fellowship-program/