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Menu Research and Flavor Discovery Initiative Scholarships


The Culinary Institute of America's Department of Menu R&D is awarding scholarships through funding provided by the MRFDI founding corporate partners. Founding partners of the MRFDI see R&D as an inherently collaborative and cross-disciplinary endeavor. The MenuMasters courses cover principles of management, culinary technique, consumer behavior, and science underlying Menu R&D, and their applications in the industry. A sound educational foundation in these areas will facilitate innovative and successful product development.


Scholarships for up to 50% of tuition are available for online courses offered by the Department of Menu R&D.

Applicants who work in the following areas of the foodservice industry are eligible:

  • Product Development
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Purchasing
  • Food Technologist
  • Chef/Food service professional
Required Information

Write a concise essay on how you expect to benefit from specific coursework, with an example of practical application against a business need.

Save your essay file in Word or PDF format, then upload it by clicking the Browse button.

Required Supplemental Document

An original letter from your employer supervisor verifying current employment, job position and job function. If you are self-employed, please send a summary of your enterprise and its relation to the foodservice operator business.
The file must be in Word or PDF format.

Application Guidelines

These guidelines will help ensure your information is received and processed in a timely fashion.

  1. Please upload your essay and employer letter in Word or PDF format.
  2. Include your name and email address on all correspondences.
  3. Applications and all related material must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the posted start date for the course.