The D. Woods Thomas Memorial Fund to Support International Studies

D. Woods Thomas
​Shortly after the 1993 death of D. Woods Thomas, former Dean of International Programs in Agriculture, his friends, relatives, and colleagues established an endowment fund in his memory.  Because of his lifelong commitment to international agricultural development, the donors have directed that income from the endowment to support College of Agriculture graduate students who will be doing research or studying in a developing country as part of their University program.  The endowment has grown to a size sufficient to generate a stream of income to support modest annual support.  The office of International Programs in Agriculture will select recipients according to the criteria listed below. 

   D Woods Thomas Announcement​

   List of Developing Countries​


This award is available to graduate students in any recognized post-baccalaureate program in any discipline or department in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.  The intent of the award is to help increase the capacity of young American scientists to contribute to international agricultural development.  Therefore, only citizens are eligible for this award.  Funds may be used to support research, study, or other scholarly activities in a developing country anywhere in the world, including travel expenses. The maximum individual award will be $1000, and recipients are asked to use their award within 12 months of receiving the funds.


2018 Award Recipients

Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey presented certificates to Mathew Ethington (ENTM) with major professor Matthew Ginzel, Dante Franconamo (FNR) with major professor Bryan Pijanowski, Rebecca Nixon (FNR), Jennifer Domenech (FNR), and Jason Hawes (FNR) with their major professor Zhao Ma.  Not pictured Laura Jessup (FNR).  A reception was held in their honor on April 20, 2018.


Application Procedure

This award happens each Spring semester with the announcement/call for letters of application going out in December/January. Applicants should submit a letter of application (maximum of 4 pages) for consideration for this award.  The letter of application should include:

  • Name, department, degree, contact information and major professor;
  • A description of your proposed international research, study or scholarly activity;
  • Information on when and how you will use the award (include a detailed budget and indicate other support funds);
  • A discussion of how your planned international activity will contribute to your graduate studies; and
  • A statement of your career goals relative to international engagement.

In addition, include a letter of support (on a separate sheet of paper) from your major professor or departmental graduate program director. 

Applications using the prescribed format found above are due (January 28, 2019) copies should be sent to Dr. K. Raghothama, International Programs in Agriculture, Room 26 AGAD; electronic submissions should be sent to Lonni Kucik (  The award notification will be made by late March. 



Applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee of faculty appointed by the Associate Dean and Director of IPIA.  Evaluation will be based on adherence to stated eligibility criteria, the strength of the applicant's commitment to an international career, and the perceived contribution of the proposed international activity to the applicant's academic program. ​​​​​​​​​

International Programs in Agriculture, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-6876

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