For Immediate Release
Date Posted: 7 December 2023
Washington, DC — Candidates who want to participate in the ICAC’s 10-day 2024 Research Associate Program (RAP), which is scheduled to begin in September, must fill out and submit their applications by 21 December 2023.
For the 2024 edition, the Secretariat developed a brand-new curriculum that encompasses all the areas of expertise of the ICAC, from production, market, trade, economics, and textiles. The first week of the program will be conducted at the offices of the Secretariat in Washington, DC.
Presentations will be made on topics including production practices, market, trade, economics, and textiles, using new training technologies developed by the ICAC. Participants will be briefed by members of the Secretariat and by experts from US research institutions and the US Department of Agriculture. The program also includes a visit to a cotton producing area in the United States for two or three days.
Participation in the program is open to persons from ICAC Member countries, including persons from government agencies, universities, and the private sector. Candidates from non-Member countries are invited to participate on a paid tuition basis. The tuition for the program is US$5,000 per participant.
Candidates from ICAC Member countries will be responsible for the cost of international travel to and from Washington, DC. The ICAC will bear the cost of travel within the USA, including transportation and lodging. Non-tuition participants from Member countries will be provided with a per diem amount of US$50/day for food and miscellaneous expenses, not to exceed US$500/person.
For new applicants, the ICAC Secretariat has developed an online form, which can be accessed here, or you can use the QR code below to submit your application:
About the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. In addition, members can take advantage of the ICAC’s global network of cotton researchers, whose expertise covers the supply chain from farm to textile manufacturing, and have free access to its cutting-edge technologies like the voice-based app and virtual technology cotton training programme. Committed to ensuring cotton’s continued sustainability, the ICAC is the only intergovernmental commodity body covering cotton that is recognised by the United Nations. For more information, please visit www.icac.org, Twitter or LinkedIn.