Cochran Fellowship Program

2018 Cochran Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica is pleased to announce the opening of the annual United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cochran Fellowship Program (CFP) competition for short-term (2-3 weeks) training in the U.S. for senior and mid-level agriculturists, managers and administrators concerned with agricultural development, trade, agribusiness management and marketing from the public and private sectors.

Program objectives are to assist Costa Ricans to develop agricultural systems necessary to meet the food needs of its domestic populations; and to strengthen and enhance trade linkages with other countries.  In Fiscal Year 2018 the priority topic for Costa Rica are:

  • U.S. Organized Retail and E-Retail Marketing Training
  • U.S. Craft Brewing Ingredients Training

The goal of the programs are to provide with innovative methods, new techniques, networking and good quality products.

Applicant Eligibility

Program participation is open to Costa Ricans and english is required. Is open also to sectors of agribusinesses, government departments, universities, and other agricultural organizations. In their own countries, applicants may be managers, technicians, scientists, professors, administrators, farmers, or policy makers.

International Travel

The Cochran Fellowship Program covers expenses for its participants, including air tickets, food and lodging. Travel for this program will take place in 2018. The exact dates are not yet determined.

Application Process

All individuals interested in participating in the program should submit their application to the U.S. Embassy in San Jose.   Interviews  are available until mid April if you are interested please contact by e-mail at or by phone at +506-2519-2285.

The deadline for submission of applications is February 28, 2018.

Recommendation letters should be in English