The Cargill Global Scholars Program (CGSP) is a distinctive, two-year scholarship program that provides financial support to undergraduate students in Brazil, China, India, Russia, Indonesia and the United States. The CGSP offers leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, case study presentations, a one-on-one mentoring program facilitated by Cargill volunteers globally, and an alumni network that will help you keep connected with past, current, and future scholars.

The students selected are those who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential and study in a field relevant to Cargill’s world of food, agriculture and risk management. We believe these students will become leaders in industries and fields that may have an impact on Cargill’s businesses in the future.

In 2018, more than 370 Cargill Global Scholars from over 60 colleges and universities in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and the United States will have participated or completed the Global Scholars Program.

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The Cargill Global Scholars Program is a distinctive, two-year leadership development program that provides financial support, in addition to leadership development training and one-on-one mentoring.

The purpose of the Cargill Global Scholars Program is to build a global network of future leaders who will one day make important contributions to advance business, agriculture and food security.

Cargill Global Scholars are students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievements, leadership potential and study in food, agriculture and risk management.


There are several key reasons to be a part of the Cargill Global Scholars Program.

  • Receive scholarship funding for up to two years to help off-set your undergraduate education expenses
  • Participate in Cargill Global Scholars enrichment activities where you will have the opportunity to network with Cargill executives, community and business leaders, and members of the Cargill Global Scholars worldwide network
  • Receive academic and professional guidance and counselling from a Cargill leader through the mentorship program
  • Join a growing community of future world leaders and visionaries


Applicant eligibility will be determined based on meeting the following required criteria.

  1. Citizen or permanent resident of India
  2. Enrollment in one of the participating universities/institutes, which include:
    • Delhi Technological University
    • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
    • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
    • Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar
    • National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
  3. Second year undergraduate (UG) student (in any of the above-mentioned participating universities/institutes only)
  4. Demonstrate leadership potential
  5. Demonstrate high academic performance

(Note: Special consideration will be given to female applicants.)


There are substantial benefits to being a Cargill Global Scholar.

  1. Receive an annual scholarship award of $2,500 USD for up to two years, to help off-set any academic related expenses.
  2. Participate in a fully-funded three day leadership seminar during the first year of the program designed to enhance the scholars’ leadership skills ensuring that each participant’s full potential to effect change is reached at the culmination of the program.
  3. Participate in a fully funded Global Leadership Seminar to be held at one of Cargill’s global locations during the second year of the program. This activity will bring together all of the Cargill Global Scholars from each cohort from across all of the program countries for a week-long seminar that will involve a series of experiential learning enrichment activities coupled with networking opportunities with Cargill executives.
  4. Be paired with a Cargill leader who will serve as a mentor. The Cargill mentors will help the scholars identify short and long term academic and professional goals and will assist in reaching these goals through networking, face-to-face meetings and regular email and phone communication.
  5. Become a member of the Cargill Global Scholars alumni community.


Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded in the 2018-2019 academic year.


The Cargill Global Scholars Program provides financial support and leadership development opportunities to undergraduate students from around the world. Scholarships will be awarded to talented, high performing students pursuing science, technology, engineering, math, international relations and business related studies.

Why Apply?

The Cargill Global Scholars Program is more than just a traditional scholarship program. The Global Scholars is a global program that is designed to foster and enhance leadership potential, critical thinking skills, a global network for scholars to become the next generation of global leaders, decision makers, visionaries, and socially conscious innovators.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants to the Cargill Global Scholars program must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of BrazilChinaIndiaIndonesiaRussia or the United States.
  • Attend a partner university in the country of citizenship or permanent legal residency
  • Be a first or second year university student
  • Demonstrate high academic performance
  • Demonstrate leadership potential

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Specialize in fields of study that are identified as preferred fields (see each country’s guidelines)
  • Are from a disadvantaged or underrepresented group within their country

For more information about the specific requirements for your country and your eligibility to become a Cargill Global
Scholar, please visit the FAQ page


In order to be eligible for an award, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the country in which they apply, be enrolled at a partner university, and be a first or second year full time university student. Documentation required will based on the requirements of the countries application.

Upon acceptance into to the Global Scholars Program, students must:

  • Adhere to Cargill Scholars Code of Conduct.
  • Attend both the In-Country (Year 1) and Global Seminars (Year 2).
  • Participate in the mentorship program by communicating with their assigned Cargill Mentor, Cargill Staff and IIE Staff.
  • Remain enrolled in partner college/university, in addition to maintenance of required GPA requirements.