Deaton Scholars Program

The Deaton Scholars Program is the student arm of the Deaton Institute. DSP engages undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from every college and discipline at the University of Missouri in the fight against global poverty and hunger.

FALL 2020 Cohort!

The Deaton Scholars Program is excited to announce that the applications to join the Fall 2020 cohort are open until August 28, 2020. The fall semester program will be primarily held online with opportunities for teams to work online or in person.

As the flagship student arm of the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development, the Deaton Scholars Program is a student-run interdisciplinary program designed to equip you with the tools to make a tangible difference on food insecurity, extreme poverty, and malnutrition in the world around you. Ending hunger in your lifetime is within reach – now, more than ever, we need innovative, young voices at the table.

Applications are available at:

The application consists of:

-basic background and contact information

-2 short essay prompts

-a resume/CV

The earlier you apply, the better! We’ll have optional summer programming and virtual opportunities for present and past Deaton Scholars and we want you to be a part of it.

If you are interested in a similar program for course credit, check out the Zero Hunger Challenge course offered to undergraduates and graduates in conjunction with the Honors College here: The course numbers are GN_HON 4070H / F_S 4301 / B_E 4001.


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