The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is funding a Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems Fellow. This opportunity, available through a generous donation to the Foundation by National Dairy Council, will fund an RDN member of the Academy to participate full-time in a one-year project in collaboration with the Foundation’s Future of Food initiative to plan and convene a Heathy and Sustainable Food Systems roundtable, present at professional meetings, promote the Foundation’s Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems dietetic internship concentration, as well as facilitate a variety of additional FOF projects (below). The fellow will work closely with the Foundation, NDC, and partner staff to accomplish the goals of the fellowship.

The fellowship begins on or around July 16, 2018.


Interested candidates should apply online, including submitting a tailored letter of interest and tailored resume, by the 11:59 p.m. (Central time) on Sunday, June 17.


Questions? Please read our Frequently Asked Questions first. Any questions not answered by the FAQ document can be directed via email to Nicci Brown, MS, RDN, Senior Program Manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation at with the subject “HSFS Fellowship.” The fastest way to get questions answered is via email.


In 2012, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Feeding America, and National Dairy Council came together to address a public health challenge – raising awareness of food insecurity as a public health issue and increasing access to adequate amounts of nutrient dense food for all Americans – and launched the Future of Food initiative.

Over the first three years of this initiative, this partnership resulted in many successes, including the development of a Food Insecurity/Food Banking dietetic internship concentration, scientific symposia, presentations at national and state professional conferences, toolkits, infographics, and mini-grants to hundreds of Academy members to facilitate community awareness and action.

The latest project, to be released in the Fall of 2018 by the Foundation in collaboration with Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, is the Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems dietetic internship concentration.

With this exciting momentum from demonstrated collaborative successes, the Foundation is launching the next phase of the Future of Food initiative. This phase will focus on advancing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ new strategic direction for its next century, particularly as it relates to the focus area of Food and Nutrition Safety and Security within the strategic plan, and positioning the Academy and its members to address the issues of global food security, hunger, and malnutrition.


A significant emphasis of the next phase of FOF will be to empower future food and nutrition professionals to be leaders in sustainable food systems, food and nutrition security, and global malnutrition. This will be achieved by engaging dietetic internship programs that are utilizing the SRHFWS concentration, as well as engaging organizations that are leading the charge to address food security and divert food waste on and off campuses. This work will be facilitated by support from NDC, including a Foundation Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems (HSFS) Fellow.

The Fellow will represent the Academy and Foundation as appropriate as the food systems expert in internal and external meetings and will serve as the dedicated team member who will move the FOF initiative plan of work forward. The HSFS Fellow will be expected and supported to work closely with the FOF Advisory Committee and content-specific work groups. Key projects that the fellow will be responsible for include planning a HSFS roundtable, presenting at professional meetings, publishing one or more articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as facilitating the FOF projects below.

Fellow responsibilities will include:

  1. Convening a Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems roundtable discussion with multi-sector food and nutrition experts, including co-authoring a proceedings paper from the discussion and submitting to the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for publication
  2. Promoting the SRHFWS concentration for dietetic internships to Nutrition Dietetics Educators and Preceptors
  3. Working closely with dietetics faculty, staff, and students to design and implement a variety of enhanced SRHFWS concentration experiences, including but not limited to:
    • Hosting virtual discussions with students from the selected concentration schools;
    • Arranging sustainable nutrition and food systems expert guest speakers for meetings and webinars;
    • Facilitating farm and food processing facility tours;
    • Developing students’ research skills through individual and multi-site evaluations to assess the local and collective impact of all participating programs; and
    • Integrating educational opportunities related to food security and sustainable food systems into existing programming and skills-development trainings.
  4. Coordinating all necessary project activities with staff, faculty, students, and relevant stakeholders at three to five university-based pilot sites and serving as the liaison between the pilot site leaders and FOF partners
  5. Serving as the primary point person and co-chair for a FOF Advisory Committee and content-specific Work Groups to facilitate the participatory design of the overall FOF initiative and its component pieces
  6. Utilizing the FOF partner organizations’ diverse and expansive communication platforms to amplify student leader voices in sharing their experiences and their growing expertise and vision in topics such as addressing food security, food waste, responsible consumption, food systems, social good, etc.
  7. Reviewing and evaluating pre-existing educational materials and routes of delivery related to food systems and sustainable nutrition that are being provided to student leaders as well as developing and/or facilitating the creation of supplemental nutrition and agriculture curricula as needed and in collaboration with partner organizations
  8. Supporting student groups in the creation of a comprehensive plan to address food insecurity on college campuses
  9. Identifying and networking with relevant, student-led organizations to increase awareness about the project and ensure future buy-in of nutrition and dietetics students for addressing food security in their communities
  10. Engaging with community-based organizations (food banks/pantries, food policy council, hunger relief organizations, etc.) to ensure the project and its goals are visible to others who are engaged in similar work

This one-year experience, with renewal opportunity for up to two additional years, will provide a rich research and community-based immersion with a tie-in to national organizations to identify aspects of the program model that are critical to successful replication and scaling. NDC staff, in collaboration with Foundation staff and the Advisory Committee, will provide day-to-day support to the Fellow and will manage project accountability. The Fellow will work closely with the project leads at the FOF partner organizations to identify needs, opportunities, and resources that support project implementation and deliverables

Additional Position Details

  • The position is based in Chicago, but applicants outside of the area are encouraged to apply. The Fellow will not be required to relocate. Most work will be accomplished through telecommuting methods (webinars, conference calls, etc.) with occasional travel.
  • This is considered a full-time position. It is unlikely that that the chosen fellow will be able to continue their current employment, but unique situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Fellow Criteria

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • PhD in Nutrition, Public Health, Agriculture or other technically-relevant area,
    preferred; Masters required
  • 5+ years of experience in food systems-related work, particularly as it relates to targeted interventions that improve food security and human and environmental health
  • Demonstrated community organizing experience leading to successful collaborations between organizations and/or community-based groups
  • Experience preparing, submitting, and publishing manuscripts and articles for peer reviewed journals

Fellow Skills

  • Knowledge of issues in sustainable nutrition, especially as they impact vulnerable and underserved communities, public health, college students, and the agriculture sector
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different environments and the ability to analyze and prioritize needs
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work, exercise sound judgment, and make decisions independently
  • Ability to work within a team and relate to and motivate local staff and students effectively
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret administrative reports, technical procedures, or governmental regulations and make programmatic decisions

Additional Fellow Requirements

  • Willingness to travel as needed to pilot sites; Academy, NDC and partner meetings; and conferences
  • Willingness to participate as the Academy and Foundation representative to the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Sustainability’s Alliance and as one of two Academy representatives on the NDC’s Health and Wellness Advisory Committee
  • Willingness to participate fully in the expectations of the Academy and Foundation, including project calls and reports, manuscript development, and professional presentations

Fellowship Award

The Foundation will provide funding support for the fellowship as follows:

$75,000 Fellowship Grant per year
The stipend of $6,250/month is based on the standard set by other Foundation fellowships

Additional funds will be made available for travel stipends to support work-related travel, lodging, meals, and professional conference fees, as deemed appropriate by the Foundation.

Please note that fringe benefits (health insurance, retirement, etc.) are not available for this position.