He will spend nine months working at the college's commercial-standard glasshouse on new product development on the Kent grower's behalf.
Thanet Earth technical manager Robert James said: "We have identified a clear opportunity to provide a student with new skills and genuine commercial experience." The fellowship may be awarded annually in future if it proves a success, the company added.
Meanwhile, the Kent college is currently holding public consultations in the area on its proposals to open a free school with a rural-focused curriculum in autumn next year.
Free schools are publicly funded but able to set their own teaching goals and methods. A Hadlow representative explained that the proposed school would use outdoor classrooms and encourage a practical approach to learning.