University of Missouri DSP

The University of Missouri is the home of the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development, as well as the founding institution for the Deaton Scholars Program. Since 2017, the University of Missouri has graduated 750 Deaton Scholars and started a Universities Fighting World Hunger chapter, among other efforts to reduce food insecurity globally.

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.

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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 in 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.

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Applications for the Fall 2023 Cohort were open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of Missouri. Applications can be found at and were due September 10, 2023. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

DSP at Mizzou will be recruiting a Spring 2024 cohort. Join our mailing list for updates: Subscribe here.

If you are a former Deaton Scholar interested in continuing in the program or are interested in joining the Scholar Advisory Board, please email

All current, past, and future scholars, and supporters, colleagues, and faculty are invited to join the Deaton Institute email distribution list by subscribing here.