Peter L. Pellett Scholarship

A scholarship in honor of Dr. Peter L. Pellett, Professor Emeritus of Nutrition, has been established specifically for a graduate student with interests related to nutrition, food security, and issues related to international nutrition.

A graduate of London University in 1952, Peter Pellett received a Ph.D. in Nutrition in 1956 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He served as a research assistant or associate with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until his position as head of the Department of Food Technology and Nutrition at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 1965. Dr. Pellett joined the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as head of the Department of Nutrition and Food in 1971, and continued as a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition from 1973-1993. In 1993, he served again as head of the Department of Nutrition for five years, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1999.

Professor Pellett is an author of approximately 200 journal articles, book chapters, and reports, focusing on protein quality, malnutrition, and nutritional status in the Middle East. He is a leading authority on nutrition in the Middle East, and has served on numerous consultative missions by the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, UNICEF, and USAID. Consultant travel included evaluations in Iran, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Sierre Leone, Egypt, Yemen, Oman, UAE, and India. Dr. Pellett brought this experience into the classroom with two courses, Nutritional Problems of Developing Nations, and Topics in International Nutrition. He continues his involvement in global nutrition as Editor-in-Chief of the Ecology of Food and Nutrition, an international journal. He also serves as Associate Editor of the United Nations University Food and Nutrition Bulletin.


The Peter L. Pellett Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student, with priority to those whose research focus may be relevant to the needs of populations in international settings. The amount of these scholarships range from approximately $400 to $1000 and is based on academic and professional achievement, financial need, and professional goals.

The scholarship recipient will be selected by department faculty. While emphasis is placed on academic performance and field of study, potential of contribution to the profession and financial need are considered as well.

How to Apply

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