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. 

Four (4) MD Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

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


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

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

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/

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

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.   

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.  

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.


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.


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.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply


Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - Important Changes for 2013

"Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship -- Important Changes for 2013" -- UNDERGRADS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS WELCOME

Tuesday, August 13 from 4 pm to 5 pm in Plant Sciences 1140
Wednesday, August 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm in Plant Sciences 1140


TOPIC: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is one of the most prestigious and lucrative awards available for graduate studies in the natural sciences, math, engineering, social and behavioral sciences. This talk will offer advice and suggestions for using your summer to begin developing a highly effective NSF fellowship application. Graduate students who will be in their first or second year of graduate studies in fall 2013, and undergraduates at all levels are welcome to attend.

Please note: You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for the NSF graduate research fellowship

For more information, contact:
Francis P. Duvinage
National Scholarships Office ,
+1 301 314 9458

Fall Graduate Writing Fellow positions now open!!

Application accepted until August 20, 2013!

Why Be a Fellow?

  • A Writing Fellow appointment is a fellowship, not a paid tutoring position
  • Fellows receive $500 or $1000 in research funds in recognition of their service per Fall or Spring term ($200 or $400 per Summer term); funds may be used for research and conference travel, equipment, books, software, and more
  • Fellows are competitively selected from across all colleges
  • Fellows are an asset to their departments. Each Fellow individually develops a writing-in-the-disciplines project (a workshop, a writing guide, a template for legal writing, and much more) during the course of his or her service
  • The Writing Fellows program offers graduate students an opportunity for campus-wide service and recognition

Visit www.gradwritingfellows.umd.edu for more information and to apply today!

Website: www.gradwritingfellows.umd.edu

For more information, contact:
Emily Becker
Graduate Writing Fellows


USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program (Round 14) - Application

Attached to this message is a brief announcement for the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program - Round 14.  

The application deadline is September 20, 2013. 

For examples of recent research under the Mendenhall Program, please visit: http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/profiles/index.html

Thank you,  

R. K. Kotra

Rama K. Kotra, Ph.D.
Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI)
U.S Geological Survey, MS 911, Reston, VA 20192, USA
Tel: 703-648-6271 (USGS), 703-966-2610 (Cell/Mobile),
Fax: 703-648-6683, E-mail: rkotra@usgs.gov
USGS: http://www.usgs.gov
OSQI: http://www.usgs.gov/quality_integrity/
USGS Mendenhall  Program: http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc