Funding Available for Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program


Connecting You to America's Ocean and Great Lakes Treasures

Full Funding Opportunity Announcement is Now Available!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate-level research—particularly by female and minority students—in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology, and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas. Scholarship selections are based on academic excellence, letters of recommendations, research and career goals, and financial need.

The scholarship covers

  • tuition and a living stipend;

  • travel funds to support a program collaboration at a national marine sanctuary field office or another NOAA office; and

  • training in science communication, stewardship, and how to become a National Marine Sanctuary Ambassador.

To apply, each applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;

  • pursue, or intend to pursue, graduate-level studies at a U.S. accredited institution;

  • have and maintain a 3.30 grade point average; and

  • maintain full-time student status for the duration of the scholarship award.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

December 17, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern

To learn more our website: https://fosterscholars.noaa.gov/


A scholarship opportunity for students who want to help create the will for bipartisan federal climate legislation

Empowering youth and diverse set of voices to set the climate agenda for the next Congress!

On November 12-13, Citizens Climate Lobby and Citizens Climate Education will further educate ourselves and then our 535 Members of Congress on the need to pass bipartisan climate legislation in general, and 100% revenue-neutral, border-corrected carbon fee and dividend in particular.   

Just one week after elections, as some the first citizens to talk about what’s next for Congress, we will be empowered to help move the new congress in a new direction.   We call our November event Congressional Education Day (CED). It will be held at the Omni Shoreham, right off the red line Woodley Park Metro stop.

We welcome everyone, and particularly want more young people of diverse backgrounds.  So we are reaching out to you to spread the word about scholarship opportunities for local students to attend our Congressional Education Day 2018.

 We have both a student scholarship in the form of a registration fee waiver and a small $50 stipend for a diversity scholarship, meant to help with local transportation and food for the two-days conference.  

To earn the scholarship for registration fee waiver: Please send a short paragraph sharing why you would like to attend this conference, what specific activity you are most excited about, and your time commitment for this event.  Please send to Sabrina.Fu@CitizensClimate.org by October 23, 2018.

To earn the diversity scholarship consisting of registration fee waiver and $50 stipend: Please send two paragraphs consisting of:

(1) Paragraph sharing why you would like to attend this conference, what specific activity you are most excited about, and your time commitment for this event.  

(2) Paragraph articulating your commitment to diversity and the importance of building a diverse and inclusive community to address climate change.

Please send to Sabrina.Fu@CitizensClimate.org by October 23, 2018.

Click here for more information about our conference including agenda.

Graduate Assistantship: NOAA CoastWatch Outreach and Education

Graduate Assistantship: NOAA CoastWatch Outreach and Education

Duration: 9 months with possible extension to 12 months

Stipend: $15,438/9months; $20,584 for 12 months

Duties: The graduate assistantship is a 20-hour-per-week with flexible hours. The position will be based at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD with options for telework.

  • Write blog posts on how CoastWatch/OceanWatch satellite data is used and oceanographic features that can be observed with satellites.
  • Interview NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch scientists and produce “meet the scientist” videos. 
  • Maintain a list of publications from CoastWatch/OceanWatch scientists and publications that cite CoastWatch/OceanWatch data.
  • Develop online tutorials for downloading and analyzing CoastWatch/OceanWatch satellite data products.
  • Provide content to the NESDIS communications office for social media posts and newsletter publications.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be an excellent student of English, with strong writing and grammar skills. Knowledge of satellite oceanography desirable but not required. Candidate must be capable of direct communication with scientists and NOAA staff. The student should have strong computer skills including use of word processing packages and basic graphics manipulation. Candidate should be capable of working independently and proactively.

To Apply: Please send a resume and statement of interest to Emily Smail (emily.smail@noaa.gov) and Veronica Lance (veronica.lance@noaa.gov) with the subject line “CoastWatch Graduate Assistantship”. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application review begins August 10, 2018.

Graduate Assistantship: Maryland Sea Grant Research Program and Project Management

Graduate Assistantship: Maryland Sea Grant Research Program and Project Management

Application Review Begins: August 8, 2018

Department: UMCES - Maryland Sea Grant College Program, College Park

 

This graduate assistantship (GA) will support Maryland Sea Grant’s research and administrative team. This 20-hour-per-week position has a flexible schedule during business hours, and will be located at our office in College Park, MD. The GA will be responsible for:

• Supporting proposal and fellowship solicitations, proposal processing and submission, and technical review panels;

• Supporting recruiting and application processes for the Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences for Undergraduates program;

• Supporting the development of professional development events and Sea Grant workshops;

• Drafting and reviewing documentation or manuscripts for Sea Grant programs; and

• Leading other special projects as jointly developed with the research team.

Day-to-day duties will include data management, data entry, proposal management, soliciting proposal reviews, data analysis, managing undergraduate research programs, and tracking projects and students.

 

For more information, please check out the official announcement on our website: http://mdsg.umd.edu/employment or via the attached job announcement.

UMCES 2018 Presidential Fellowship

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) will award a Presidential Fellowship to support a new Ph.D. student starting their studies at UMCES in September 2018. The UMCES Presidential Fellowship is merit-based and designed to recruit outstanding students into UMCES graduate programs. This fellowship provides two years of salary, full State of Maryland health benefits, and tuition; fellowship support may be combined with other funding opportunities.

 

UMCES is Maryland’s premier research institution whose mission is to advance scientific knowledge of the environment. UMCES scientists conduct research at four units: Appalachian Laboratory in the mountains of western Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, Horn Point Laboratory on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in downtown Baltimore. UMCES faculty members advise and support more than 80 graduate students. Doctoral students are enrolled in two Ph.D. programs: Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) and the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) (see http://www.umces.edu/graduate-program).

Applicant reviews will begin January 15, 2018, and will continue until the Presidential Fellowships is awarded, no later than April 1, 2018. For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Education at UMCESfellowship@umces.edu.

Maryland Sea Grant Fellowships

Maryland Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for two National Sea Grant-National Marine Fisheries graduate fellowship programs.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship (up to 3 years) – Due January 26, 2018
Marine Resource Economics Fellowship (2 years) – Due January 26, 2018

Processes for applying for these fellowships have changed this year, and the pertinent details are below. Please visit our website for application instructions. http://bit.ly/2zyfgvD


Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: For Ph.D. students interested in the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. Up to three years of funding.


Marine Resource Economics: For Ph.D. students interested in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources. Up to two years of funding.
 
Applications Due: January 26, 2018 to Maryland Sea Grant.
 
Availability: Up to two fellowships of each type are awarded nationally each year. 
 
Eligibility: Fellowships are available to Ph.D. students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in a U.S. university or college. MDSG accepts applicants from academic institutions in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
 
Funding: Up to $46,000 per year for salary (stipend), living expenses (per diem), travel, etc. Matching funds required.
 
Please contact us in advance if you are interested in this fellowship to discuss the submission process


Visit our website for more information on applying to either fellowship: http://bit.ly/2zyfgvD

SESYNC RFP for 'Graduate Pursuits'

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland seeks proposals from highly qualified graduate students interested in conducting team-based socio-environmental synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits").

Socio-environmental synthesis focuses on understanding connections between social and biophysical systems and emphasizes the importance of understanding them from a systems perspective. It is a process that brings together multiple, and often disparate, disciplines relevant to the problem at hand to create new insights and discoveries by integrating existing knowledge, data, and methods from these disciplines.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Graduate Pursuits present doctoral students in social, natural, and computational fields with unique opportunities as emerging scientists and scholars. Selected Graduate Pursuit teams will not only independently explore increasingly complex socio-environmental problems in innovative and synthetic ways, but will gain skills in team science and interdisciplinary collaboration, produce actionable outcomes, and build networks and communities of practice with individuals across a diversity of backgrounds, institutions, and geographic locations.

Applications are due May 26, 2017. More information on how to apply for this opportunity is available here.  

http://www.sesync.org/news/thu-2017-03-09-1423/sesync-requests-proposals-for-graduate-student-socio-environmental-research

SESYNC Requests Proposals for Graduate Student Socio-Environmental Research

www.sesync.org

 

Maryland Sea Grant 2017 Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Fellows Program

The Maryland Sea Grant College is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Fellows Program. Graduate students enrolled in or admitted to a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Maryland or District of Columbia academic institution are encouraged to apply.

Potential fellows should propose coastal resilience research that is relevant to Maryland and the MDSG Strategic Plan 2014-2017. Such research might include the wise use of water resources, stormwater, climate change adaptation, coastal processes studies, resilience from natural hazards, resilient coastal businesses, and industries including fisheries and tourism, and other topics. Fellows must also identify an outreach or end-user mentor to help develop a plan to ensure research results are appropriately communicated and translated for end-users.

The fellowship provides a total award of up to $45,000 in Sea Grant funds budgeted over 12 to 24 months (additional matching funds required). In addition to supporting some of the student's academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities in science communication, the science-to-management process and other relevant Sea Grant activities. Proposals are must be submitted through MDSG's website by March 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

For more information, please visit our website and download the full request for proposals (http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/coastal-resilience-and-sustainability-research-fellowships). The website features an introductory video discussing fellowship specifics and details for applying. 

Please feel free to contact Dr. Mike Allen at mallen@mdsg.umd.edu or 301-405-6372 for more information.

American Geosciences Institute 2017-2018 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship

The AGI Congressional Geoscience Fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the legislative process on Capitol Hill. The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 1, 2017) in Washington working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or a congressional committee. Fellows make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy. 

Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required. Applicants must be one of AGI's member societies, a list of which is available on our website. 


The fellowship carries an annual salary of $68,000 relocation, and travel. Additionally, it may be possible to extend the fellowship for up to four months. Support for the fellowship is provided by an endowment through the AGI Foundation honoring William L. Fisher. 


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae with three letters of reference through our online application. For further details, please visit our website at www.americangeosciences.org/policy/internships-and-fellowships, call (703)-379-2480, ext. 228, or email govt@agiweb.org. AGI is an equal opportunity employer. 

All application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2017. 

Several of AGI’s Member Societies also sponsor Congressional Science Fellowships. For further information, contact the American Geophysical Union (www.agu.org), the Geological Society of America (www.geosociety.org), or the Soil Science Society of America (www.soils.org). It is acceptable to apply to more than one society. Stipends, application procedures, and deadlines vary. 

The Nature Conservancy - DC Urban Stormwater Baseline Data RFP

PROJECT OVERVIEW/BACKGROUND:

In Washington, DC, stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution to the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, and Rock Creek, and causes flooding that negatively affects local residents and businesses. DC also is ranked as one of the top five urban areas on the US East and Gulf Coasts where increased flooding is expected to impose significant risk to infrastructure due to predicted and observed climate change effects. The combination of more intense rain events and sea level rise is expected to increase the frequency and magnitude of flooding across DC and in the Anacostia River watershed. In addition, stormwater represents a major and growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Nature Conservancy recognizes the potential for green infrastructure to mitigate impacts of development and climate change while also improving the quality of life in urban areas. Identifying and prioritizing opportunities, however, remains a significant challenge in the face of limited resources. For these reasons, the Maryland/District of Columbia (MD/DC) Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) invites proposals for development of a map and database of existing stormwater retention projects, and a map and database of the potential for future stormwater retention projects. This report will:

  • Develop a geodatabase of existing Green stormwater Infrastructure (GI) best management practices (BMPs) that are recognized in the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) Stormwater Management Guidebook, specifically limited to trees, bioretention, wetlands, and bioswales, throughout the Anacostia River watershed within Washington, DC, including: location and date of implementation, intended environmental and social benefits, businesses and population demographics around the GI prior to implementation and currently.
  • Identify locations that are high priority sites needing stormwater retention because of high environmental impact from pollution levels and land use practices onsite that result in high quantities and low quality of stormwater runoff (measured in gallons and pollution loads).
  • Identify locations that are currently subject to localized and tidal flooding, and locations that are projected to be impacted from flooding brought on by climate change, property damage from flooding, and population demographics and businesses around those locations.
  • Recommend the type of BMP and location of green infrastructure projects that could be implemented to retain stormwater runoff from prioritized sites and abate current and projected stormwater flooding impacts.

This information will be used to map opportunities to implement new green infrastructure in Washington, DC to retain stormwater runoff and reduce flooding. This information will provide clarity on where stormwater retention services from GI exists, and the gap of services where TNC should focus efforts to implement future GI projects to have environmental and social benefits across diverse socioeconomic demographics in the watershed. This report will also be made publicly available so that others can view it and identify the best places to implement projects that will have the highest benefits for nature and people.

 

More information and contact available here: The Nature Conservancy – DC Urban Stormwater Baseline Data RFP

Four (4) MD Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

Maryland Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for four graduate fellowship programs.

NEW DEADLINE AND UPDATED FFO

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships – Due February 21, 2017 http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/topics/graduate-fellowships/knauss-marine-policy-fellowships

Coastal Management Fellowships (2 years) – Due January 20, 2017
 

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship (up to 3 years) – Due January 27, 2017
 

Marine Resource Economics Fellowship (2 years) – Due January 27, 2017

Please visit the website for application instructions. http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/topics/graduate-fellowships/graduate-fellowships
 

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2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships: Washington, DC marine policy fellowship in executive or legislative branch of government for graduate students who have an interest in ocean and coastal resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. One year, non-renewable appointment.

Applications Due: February 21, 2017 to Maryland Sea Grant

AvailabilityThe National Sea Grant College Program awarded 63 Fellowships to highly qualified graduate students in 2016.

Eligibility: Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2017, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program that has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources is eligible to apply. The graduate degree needs to be awarded through a United States accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories. District of Columbia residents apply through Maryland Sea Grant and must first contact oar.sg.fellows@noaa.gov.
 
UPDATED Funding: $47,500 stipend and $14,000 for travel and benefits.

Please visit our website for more information on applying: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/topics/graduate-fellowships/knauss-marine-policy-fellowships

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Coastal Management Fellowship program: The fellowship was established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.

Applications Due: January 20, 2017 to Maryland Sea Grant.

Stipend:  $34,000, plus health insurance, workers compensation, and relocation and travel reimbursement.

Eligibility: These two-year opportunities are available to any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017. MDSG accepts applicants from academic institutions in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Information, including the official announcement, is available from our website: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/topics/graduate-fellowships/coastal-management-fellowships

NOAA Office for Coastal Management national competition site: http://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/

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Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: For Ph.D. students interested in the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. Up to three years of funding.
Marine Resource Economics: For Ph.D. students interested in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources. Up to two years of funding.
 
Applications Due: January 27, 2017 to Maryland Sea Grant.
 
Availability: Up to two fellowships of each type are awarded nationally each year. 
 
Eligibility: Fellowships are available to Ph.D. students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in a U.S. university or college. MDSG accepts applicants from academic institutions in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
 
Funding: Up to $46,000 (including 20% matching funds) per year for salary (stipend), living expenses (per diem), travel, etc. 
 
Please contact us in advance if you are interested in this fellowship to discuss the submission process (which is different from the Knauss and Coastal Management fellowships). 

Visit our website for more information on applying to either fellowship: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/topics/graduate-fellowships/population-and-ecosystem-dynamics-and-economics-fellowships

National Hydropower Association Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship Program

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is now offering an application for “The NHA Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship Program”. The students who are currently enrolled as college sophomores or juniors who will be college juniors or seniors beginning fall 2017 are eligible for the scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship goes to a promising young person who demonstrates the academic skills and commitment to help create the next generation of leaders in the hydropower industry.

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is a nonprofit national association dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth of clean, affordable hydropower, America’s leading renewable resource.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, the candidate must meet all the following criteria:

• Candidate who current college sophomores or juniors who will be college juniors or seniors beginning fall 2017
• Graduate students with a minimum cumulative 3.0-grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) GPA who are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university
• Applicants must be students with an equivalent GPA at an accredited vocational technical school or program.
• All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents.
• Applicant must be pursuing a program of study that is related to the hydropower industry: Engineering, sciences (biology, fisheries, and hydrology), communications, or environmental studies.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can download scholarship application form through the given link:

http://anf5l2g5jkf16p6te3ljwwpk.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/NHA_app-fillin_enabled.pdf

Submitting Details:

You can send the application to:

The National Hydropower Association
Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The winners will get up to $$2,500 award amount.

Application Deadline:

The application is due on February 15, 2017.

Link for More Information:

http://www.hydro.org/about-nha/awards/past-presidents%E2%80%99-legacy-scholarship/

UMCES Ph.D. Presidential Fellowships

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is pleased to announce up to three graduate fellowships to support incoming Ph.D. students starting fall semester, 2017. The Presidential Fellowships are merit-based and designed to support recruitment of outstanding students into the UMCES graduate programs. Up to three years stipend, health benefits, and tuition will be covered. 

For more information, please contact UMCESfellowship@umces.edu.

The Presidential Fellowship application cycle extends from September 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017.   

See http://www.umces.edu/education/graduate/fellowships

LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program

Short Description: Graduate fellowship program to support LSAMP students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in STEM disciplines.  The 2 year fellowship provides an annual stipend of $30,000 in addition to a cost-of-education allowance up to $10,500 for tuition, health insurance and student fees.

Linkwww.cmse.umd.edu/bridgetothedoctorate

Additional Program Information

The LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program has the goal of increasing the quantity and quality of students pursuing degrees in STEM fields. More specifically, this program aims to support students underrepresented in these disciplines. Through this grant, the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering in the Clark School of Engineering administers the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) fellowship program that supports a cohort of 12 graduate (master’s and doctoral) STEM students.  

The Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship is awarded for a 24-month term. The Fellowship provides a 12-month stipend of $30,000 per year ($60,000 total for the 24 months) in addition to a cost-of-education allowance up to $10,500 per year for tuition, health insurance and student fees. Applications for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 are now being accepted.  Fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis until all 12 slots are filled.

For additional information, please visit our website:http://cmse.umd.edu/bridgetothedoctorate.  

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation

The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups historically under-represented in STEM discipline:  African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.  The knowledge generation portfolio of LSAMP supported activities contributes to the body of literature on successful practices in student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees, especially for the previously mentioned populations underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program provides funding for:

  • Alliances (New, Mid-Level, Senior-Level, B2B)
  • Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity
  • Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM Education

In 2012, the program will increase support to community colleges through the LSAMP Community College Bridge to Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances

LSAMP baccalareate degree recipients are eligible for continued support for up to two additional years of STEM post baccalaureate study through the Bridge to the Doctorate(BD) Activity.  BD participants are expected to transition through graduate studies and into the professoriate and/or STEM workforce.

The Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM Education track provides support for knowledge generation research projects that seek to create and study new theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and success of diverse groups in STEM undergraduate education.  BPR projects add new research-based strategies and models to broadening participation in STEM and increase the capacity of scholars to conduct this type of research.

 

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13646

CIC Smithsonian Fellowship

The Committee on Institution Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for a one-year fellowships to support research in residence at the Smithsonian Institution facilities.  Fellowships carry a stipend of $30,000.  All field of study are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.  The application materials must be submitted electronically through https://solaa.si.edu by November 1, 2013 at 5 PM.

How it Works 
Under this fellowship program, the Smithsonian Institution and the Fellow's university share the cost of support.  Students enrolled at CIC member universities apply through their university graduate school however their application will be submitted through the Smithsonian's Online Application System (SOLAA).  Each university will nominate one application for the CIC/SI competition. 

All unfunded applications will be eligible for consideration in the general Smithsonian Institution competition.  Review of applications for the general competition begins on January 15, 2014.   

Eligibility
Students must have completed all course work for their programs, and must have been admitted into doctoral candidacy and satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation in order to qualify.  Only students enrolled at CIC institutions are eligible to apply.  

Benefits
The stipend is $30,00 for one year, and fellows are eligible for tuition and health insurance benefits in accordance with their university policy.  Fellows are eligible to receive allowances for related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian.  

Application Instructions
See Program Guide for full details.  The application materials must be submitted electronically by November 1, 2013 at 5 PM through https://solaa.si.edu.

Luc Hoffman Institute/ SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellow

Luc Hoffmann Institute / SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellow
 
Marine Socio-environmental Systems

Two-year fellowship available immediately to work with an interdisciplinary team to evaluate the impacts of marine conservation interventions, focusing on analyzing monitoring data for marine protected areas. Fellow will be in residence at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) facilities at the University of Maryland in Annapolis, MD, and will also spend significant time at WWF-US offices in Washington, D.C. For earliest consideration, apply by October 20, 2013. For additional information, see www.sesync.org/opportunities/mpa-postdoc and http://luchoffmanninstitute.org/fellows/current-calls/

The Luc Hoffmann Institute, based at WWF International, Switzerland, in partnership with the National Social-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), seeks a postdoctoral fellow to work with an interdisciplinary Pursuit /Collaborative Research Team (CRT) to evaluate the impacts of marine conservation interventions by synthesizing and analyzing monitoring data for marine protected areas (MPAs). The goal of the fellowship is to demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to monitoring MPAS, evaluating impacts, and analyzing data that builds upon established MPA monitoring protocols and questions, which inform decisions through assessment and modeling of ecosystem services, including fisheries, tourism, etc.  

This is a 24-month position that can begin as early as November 1, 2013. It is based at the University of Maryland’s SESYNC offices in Annapolis, MD, with mentor(s) to be identified from the Pursuit / CRT participants. The fellow will be a full participant in SESYNC’s postdoctoral mentoring program and interact with a large group of current postdocs at the Center, and be a full participant in the Luc Hoffmann Institute’s Fellowship programme, and will thus be co-mentored by a conservation specialist at the WWF-US offices in Washington, D.C., and will spend time working collaboratively with other Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows.  

Major Duties & Responsibilities

In collaboration with the mentoring team, the fellow will:

  1. Assume leadership for the day-to-day management of the SESYNC and Luc Hoffmann Institute Pursuit/CRT partnerships and results delivery.
  2. Develop and refine conceptual models and analytic approaches, and implement practical methods for documenting and explaining variation in the social and biological impacts of conservation interventions (initially focusing on existing MPA monitoring datasets, as well as relevant global data).
  3. Develop, test, and analyze databases, building off ideas from workshop(s), judicious consolidation, and synthesis of large, potentially incomplete secondary datasets.  
  4. Analyze data and synthesize results from the above, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as warranted, in order to document conservation impacts and to explore relationships among MPA governance, as well as social and ecological context and conservation impacts.
  5. Explore ways to incentivize data sharing to increase the statistical power of that data and to facilitate collaboration, including the possibility of a publicly available database and data management system that would aid practitioners and agencies in producing reports and other outputs.
  6. Document ongoing results, key findings, short and long term goals of the project. Work with the communication managers of SESYNC and the Luc Hoffmann Institute on how best to communicate results from the above and other related work for target audiences, peer-reviewed publications and other relevant communication products and outlets
  7. Participate in other activities at SESYNC and the Luc Hoffmann Institute, through their fellowship programmes and other opportunities, to foster intellectual exchange on the dynamics of socio-environmental systems.

Required Qualifications, Skills, & Competencies 

  • PhD in the natural, environmental, or social sciences, or related discipline      
  • An interest in, commitment to, and proven ability to using data-driven, quantitative approaches to solving real-world conservation problems       
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Excellent command of English; other languages an asset
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team

Strongly Preferred

  • Competence in R, Matlab, or other programming environments.
  • Experience in statistics, modelling, and GIS.
  • Experience with relational database design, construction, management, and/or analysis.
  • Experience working with large, incomplete (i.e., with missing data), and/or heterogeneous datasets.
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

Eligibility

This fellow opportunity is open to candidates of all nationalities, gender and age.  We are specifically interested in hearing from those who have deep roots in the regions of the globe where conservation-science leadership is most needed, such as Africa and Madagascar, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Regardless of background, we are looking for highly skilled, interdisciplinary, action oriented candidates.For more information on the research associated with this position, visit www.sesync.org/mpa-performance.

Support

The SESYNC postdoctoral fellowship provides an annual stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators.

For more information on SESYNC, visit www.SESYNC.org  

For more information on the Luc Hoffmann Institute, please visit www.luchoffmanninstitute.org

TO APPLY:  Preference will be given to applications received by October 20, 2103. Please submit cover letter, CV, and two professional references to: Sandrine Jimenez, Assistant to the Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute: sjimenez@wwfint.org.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute Mission

The Luc Hoffmann Institute was created by WWF, the world’s largest conservation organization, to respond to the most important questions facing conservation and sustainable development. A boundary organization by design, the Luc Hoffmann Institute connects research capacity and multi-disciplinary thought leaders from around the world with WWF’s global network of practitioners and scientists. Together, we synthesize existing knowledge, create new ideas and support collaborative innovation. In co-creating evidence-based solutions, we link the best available science to better policy planning and more effective field practices, to enable people and nature to thrive together on a living planet.

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Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply