Applied Science, Law and Policy:

Fellowship in Food Protection

The International Food Protection Training Institute’s (IFPTI) Applied Science, Law, and Policy: Fellowship in Food Protection program (Fellowship) provides food protection professionals from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory agencies, with knowledge, skills and abilities to work effectively within the framework of food regulatory science, law, and policy.

The IFPTI Fellowship focuses on two key concepts:


  • Acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Contribution to the food safety body of knowledge.


Program Goal:

  • Provide Fellows with a high-quality regulatory food protection leadership development experience.
  • Prepare Fellows for long-term career growth and leadership. 
  • Facilitate network development with other food protection professionals.


Program Overview:

The year-long IFPTI Fellowship program includes a series of seminars conducted during three week-long sessions and a research project with professional guidance and support from subject matter experts in research and food protection.  

Fellowship seminars are divided in the following sessions:

  • Week I - Food Law and Compliance.
  • Week II - Policies and Strategies and the Impact of Science.
  • Week III - Food Systems Control Applications and Prevention, Intervention, and Response.

Fellowship research project:

  • Fellows are expected to design and conduct a research project about a current food protection or regulatory issue and write a journal quality paper.
  • Selected papers are submitted to the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Journal for publication.  
  • Fellows create and deliver a PowerPoint presentation  and poster on their research at the AFDO Annual Conference.

Participants will receive 16.6 IACET CEUs upon completion of the Fellowship Program.



Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, fellows should have the knowledge, skills and abilities to serve as a resource within their agency and for other food safety regulators regarding:

Interpretation, implication, and application of:

  1. Food science
  2. Food laws and regulations
  3. Federal, state, and local policies, strategies for compliance, and enforcement tools.



Applicants must meet the following:

  • U.S. government agency employees who perform food protection regulatory functions and have typically a minimum of 4 years of experience.
  • Completed FDA ORAU Level 1 retail or manufactured foods curriculum.
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.


Program Requirements:

  • Attend each week-long session and the AFDO conference.
  • Participate in the Fellowship online learning community.
  • Identify research and write a 10 page publishable article on a current food protection or regulatory issue and the impact on the U.S. food safety system.
  • Write a paper, create a poster and oral presentation for delivery at the AFDO Conference.

Fellows must attend seminars in their entirety to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Technology Requirements:

  • Laptop Computer or Tablet.
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint).



The IFPTI Fellowship Program is offered at no cost for selected participants.

Fellows are reimbursed for appropriate program travel expenses as per the IFPTI travel policy for:

  • Participation in the three week-long seminars.
  • Presentation at the AFDO Conference.


Program Dates:

2017 dates to be determined


Past Research Projects:

Below are links to the AFDO journals with Fellow research articles.

 Fellowship Cohort I Journal: View PDF 

 Fellowship Cohort II Journal: View PDF 

 Fellowship Cohort III Journal: View PDF 

 Fellowship Cohort IV Journal: View PDF

 Fellowship Cohort V Journal: View PDF



Research Ideas Welcomed:

Submit ideas or recommendations for research of a food protection (safety and defense) issue by email to: Ideas will be shared with the incoming cohort.