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[Congressional Bills 112th Congress]
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[H.R. 3437 Introduced in House (IH)]

112th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 3437

To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to establish the Eva M. Clayton 
  Fellows Program to provide for fellowships to conduct research and 
education on the eradication of world hunger and malnutrition, and for 
                            other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           November 16, 2011

    Mr. Butterfield (for himself, Mr. Kissell, Mr. Watt, Ms. Lee of 
California, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Mr. Towns, 
  Mr. Grijalva, Ms. DeLauro, Mrs. Emerson, Ms. Moore, Mr. Hastings of 
 Florida, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Fudge, Mr. 
Thompson of Mississippi, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Carson of Indiana, 
Mr. Rangel, Mr. Clarke of Michigan, Ms. Norton, Ms. Waters, Mr. Johnson 
of Georgia, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, 
 Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Cleaver, Mrs. Christensen, Ms. Sewell, Mr. Miller of 
North Carolina, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Rush, Mr. Payne, 
Mr. Cummings, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Farr, Mr. 
Clay, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, 
Ms. Richardson, Mr. Pastor of Arizona, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Bass 
 of California, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Wasserman 
  Schultz, Mr. Richmond, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Conyers, and Mr. 
   Fattah) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
 Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in 
   each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the 
                jurisdiction of the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to establish the Eva M. Clayton 
  Fellows Program to provide for fellowships to conduct research and 
education on the eradication of world hunger and malnutrition, and for 
                            other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Eva M. Clayton Fellows Program 
Act''.

SEC. 2. EVA M. CLAYTON FELLOWS PROGRAM.

    (a) In General.--Subtitle I of the National Agricultural Research, 
Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3291 et seq.) is 
amended by adding at the end the following new section:

``SEC. 1459B. EVA M. CLAYTON FELLOWS PROGRAM.

    ``(a) Establishment.--The Secretary shall establish a fellowship 
program to be known as the `Eva M. Clayton Fellows Program' to provide 
for fellowships to conduct research and education on the eradication of 
world hunger and malnutrition in accordance with this section.
    ``(b) Fellows.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall select eligible 
        faculty members to receive a fellowship to conduct research or 
        education programs relating to the eradication of world hunger 
        and malnutrition (in this section referred to as `Clayton 
        Fellows').
            ``(2) Term.--The term of a fellowship awarded under this 
        subsection shall be two years.
            ``(3) Location of service.--
                    ``(A) First year of service.--During the first year 
                of service under a fellowship awarded under this 
                subsection, each Clayton Fellow shall serve at the 
                qualified institution at which the Clayton Fellow is a 
                faculty member.
                    ``(B) Second year of service.--During the second 
                year of service under a fellowship awarded under this 
                subsection, each Clayton Fellow--
                            ``(i) may, if a fellowship position is made 
                        available pursuant to subsection (d), serve at 
                        the Food and Agriculture Organization of the 
                        United Nations; or
                            ``(ii) shall, if such position is not made 
                        available, continue to serve as described in 
                        subparagraph (A).
                    ``(C) Travel.--During the term of service under a 
                fellowship awarded under this subsection, a Clayton 
                Fellow may travel as necessary to conduct work on the 
                eradication of world hunger and malnutrition.
            ``(4) Application.--An eligible faculty member seeking a 
        fellowship under this subsection shall submit to the Secretary 
        an application that contains--
                    ``(A) a resume or curriculum vitae that includes 
                information on the expertise, education, and training 
                of such faculty member;
                    ``(B) a description of the research or education 
                programs the faculty member intends to conduct while 
                serving as a Clayton Fellow;
                    ``(C) a certification that the qualified 
                institution at which the eligible faculty member is a 
                faculty member has agreed to maintain the faculty 
                status, benefits, and faculty position of the eligible 
                faculty member during and after the return of the 
                eligible faculty member to the qualified institution 
                from the fellowship program established under 
                subsection (a); and
                    ``(D) such other information as the Secretary may 
                require.
            ``(5) Selection.--In selecting eligible faculty members to 
        serve as Clayton Fellows, the Secretary may give priority to 
        eligible faculty members at land-grant colleges and 
        universities.
            ``(6) Report.--Not later than 30 days after the date on 
        which a Clayton Fellow completes a year of service under a 
        fellowship awarded under this subsection, each Clayton Fellow 
        shall submit to the Secretary a report containing--
                    ``(A) a description of the research and education 
                programs conducted by the Clayton Fellow during the 
                preceding year of service, including the purpose and 
                results of such research or education programs;
                    ``(B) a self-assessment of the effectiveness of the 
                research or education programs conducted by the Clayton 
                Fellow during such year;
                    ``(C) an evaluation of each Fellow Protege who 
                provided assistance to the Clayton Fellow during such 
                year;
                    ``(D) a description of best practices for the 
                eradication of world hunger and malnutrition and a 
                proposal to teach such practices at the qualified 
                institution at which the Clayton Fellow is a faculty 
                member upon completion of the fellowship awarded under 
                this subsection; and
                    ``(E) such other information as the Secretary may 
                require.
            ``(7) Submission of evaluation to peace corps.--Each 
        Clayton Fellow shall submit to the Master's International 
        program of the Peace Corps a copy of the evaluation submitted 
        to the Secretary under paragraph (6)(C).
            ``(8) Termination.--The Secretary may terminate a 
        fellowship awarded under this subsection at any time during the 
        fellowship.
    ``(c) Fellow Proteges.--
            ``(1) In general.--Each Clayton Fellow shall select at 
        least one eligible student to assist such Clayton Fellow in 
        conducting research or education programs on the eradication of 
        world hunger and malnutrition (in this section referred to as a 
        `Fellow Protege').
            ``(2) Location of service.--
                    ``(A) In general.--Each Fellow Protege shall 
                provide assistance to a Clayton Fellow--
                            ``(i) in the country or region that is the 
                        subject of the work of the Clayton Fellow 
                        relating to the eradication of world hunger and 
                        malnutrition; or
                            ``(ii) if the Clayton Fellow is serving at 
                        the Food and Agriculture Organization of the 
                        United Nations, at the Food and Agriculture 
                        Organization.
                    ``(B) Travel.--A Fellow Protege may travel as 
                necessary to provide assistance to a Clayton Fellow 
                during the term of assistance of such Protege.
            ``(3) Application.--Each eligible student seeking to assist 
        a Clayton Fellow under this subsection shall submit to a 
        Clayton Fellow an application that contains--
                    ``(A) documentation proving that the student--
                            ``(i) has permission from the Master's 
                        International program of the Peace Corps to 
                        provide assistance to a Clayton Fellow in 
                        accordance with this section; and
                            ``(ii) is eligible to serve as a Fellow 
                        Protege under this subsection, including proof 
                        of enrollment and good academic standing;
                    ``(B) an explanation of how the academic work of 
                the student relates to the work of the fellowship 
                program established under subsection (a);
                    ``(C) an academic transcript; and
                    ``(D) such other information as the Clayton Fellow 
                may require.
            ``(4) Selection of fellow proteges.--In selecting eligible 
        students to serve as Fellow Proteges, a Clayton Fellow--
                    ``(A) shall consult with the Secretary; and
                    ``(B) may give priority to students enrolled at 
                land-grant colleges and universities.
            ``(5) Report.--Not later than 30 days after the date on 
        which a Fellow Protege completes a term of assistance under 
        this subsection, each Fellow Protege shall submit to the 
        Secretary a report containing--
                    ``(A) a description of the type and extent of the 
                assistance such Fellow Protege provided to a Clayton 
                Fellow in conducting research or education programs on 
                the eradication of world hunger and malnutrition during 
                the preceding term of assistance as a Fellow Protege;
                    ``(B) a self-assessment of the effectiveness of 
                such assistance;
                    ``(C) an evaluation of the Clayton Fellow for whom 
                the Fellow Protege provided such assistance;
                    ``(D) a description of best practices identified by 
                such Fellow Protege for the eradication of world hunger 
                and malnutrition; and
                    ``(E) such other information as the Secretary may 
                require.
            ``(6) Termination.--A Clayton Fellow may terminate the term 
        of assistance of a Fellow Protege at any time during such term 
        of assistance.
    ``(d) United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.--
            ``(1) Establishment of fellowship positions.--The President 
        shall direct the United States Permanent Representative to the 
        United Nations to use the voice, vote, and influence of the 
        United States at the United Nations to urge the United Nations 
        to establish within the Food and Agriculture Organization of 
        the United Nations fellowship positions for Clayton Fellows to 
        conduct research and education programs on the eradication of 
        world hunger and malnutrition.
            ``(2) Consultation.--Upon the establishment of a fellowship 
        position under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall consult with 
        the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 
        with respect to the selection of Clayton Fellows.
    ``(e) Administration.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall award a grant to 
        administer and implement the fellowship program established 
        under subsection (a) to a nonprofit organization that--
                    ``(A) represents or is comprised of individuals 
                associated with an institution of higher education 
                specified in section 371(a) of the Higher Education Act 
                of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1067q(a)); and
                    ``(B) is an organization described in paragraph (3) 
                of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 
                and exempt from tax under such section.
            ``(2) Use of funds.--The organization awarded a grant under 
        paragraph (1) may use grant funds only for the following 
        purposes:
                    ``(A) To provide for each Clayton Fellow and each 
                Fellow Protege payment for expenses related to 
                conducting work on the eradication of world hunger and 
                malnutrition under the fellowship established under 
                subsection (a), including--
                            ``(i) housing or accommodations; and
                            ``(ii) travel.
                    ``(B) To provide on behalf of each Fellow Protege 
                at the end of the term of assistance of such Protege in 
                an amount that is proportionate to such term of 
                assistance--
                            ``(i) scholarship assistance in the form of 
                        a direct lump-sum payment to the qualified 
                        institution at which such Protege is enrolled; 
                        or
                            ``(ii) if such Protege graduates from the 
                        qualified institution upon completion of the 
                        term of assistance as a Fellow Protege, loan 
                        repayment assistance for loans made, insured, 
                        or guaranteed under part B, or made under part 
                        D or E, of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 
                        U.S.C. 1071 et seq., 1087a et seq., 1087aa et 
                        seq.) for which such Protege is the borrower, 
                        in the form of a direct lump-sum payment--
                                    ``(I) in the case of a loan made, 
                                insured, or guaranteed under part B of 
                                such Act, to the holder of the loan;
                                    ``(II) in the case of a loan made 
                                under part D of such Act, to the 
                                Secretary of Education; and
                                    ``(III) in the case of a loan made 
                                under part E of such Act, to the 
                                institution of higher education making 
                                such loan.
                    ``(C) To pay the costs of administering the 
                fellowship program established under subsection (a).
            ``(3) Annual assessment.--
                    ``(A) Annual assessment.--The organization awarded 
                a grant under paragraph (1) or this paragraph shall 
                annually submit to the Secretary an assessment of the 
                fellowship program established under subsection (a) 
                that contains--
                            ``(i) a description of the use of the funds 
                        received by the organization under this section 
                        during the preceding year of such fellowship 
                        program;
                            ``(ii) an assessment by the organization of 
                        the effectiveness of the activities carried out 
                        using such funds;
                            ``(iii) information regarding the 
                        application of any funds provided by non-
                        Federal sources during such year;
                            ``(iv) a description of the best practices 
                        identified by the organization for future 
                        fellowship programs to be carried out by the 
                        Secretary; and
                            ``(v) such other information as the 
                        Secretary may require.
                    ``(B) In general.--If after reviewing the annual 
                assessment described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary 
                determines that the organization awarded a grant under 
                paragraph (1) or this paragraph did not administer and 
                implement the fellowship program established under 
                subsection (a) in accordance with this section, the 
                Secretary may--
                            ``(i) revoke or suspend funding for such 
                        grant, in whole or in part;
                            ``(ii) accept applications from other 
                        eligible entities to administer and implement 
                        the fellowship program established under 
                        subsection (a); and
                            ``(iii) transfer funding revoked or 
                        suspended under clause (i) to the eligible 
                        entity the Secretary selects after reviewing 
                        applications submitted under clause (ii).
    ``(f) Definitions.--In this section:
            ``(1) Eligible faculty member.--The term `eligible faculty 
        member' means an individual who is a faculty member of a 
        qualified institution.
            ``(2) Eligible student.--The term `eligible student' is a 
        student who is--
                    ``(A) enrolled in the Master's International 
                program of the Peace Corps;
                    ``(B) enrolled and in good academic standing at a 
                qualified institution; and
                    ``(C) pursuing a master's or other graduate degree 
                in an area of study related to the eradication of world 
                hunger and malnutrition.
            ``(3) Qualified institution.--The term `qualified 
        institution' means--
                    ``(A) an institution of higher education specified 
                in section 371(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 
                (20 U.S.C. 1067q(a)); or
                    ``(B) a land-grant college or university.
    ``(g) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal 
years 2012 through 2018.''.
    (b) Submission of Initial Assessment.--The first assessment 
required under subsection (f) of section 1459B of the National 
Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (as 
added by subsection (a) of this section) shall be submitted not later 
than 30 days after the date on which the first year of service of the 
first fellowship awarded under such section ends (as determined by the 
Secretary of Agriculture).
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