Deadline:

 7 September 2018 at 5pm .

Location:

Washington, USA

(Partially Funded)

Description

Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship In Conservation Research at Washington, USA 2019

This post-doctoral fellowship program identifies and supports early-career scientists who will shape the field of applied conservation biology

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This post-doctoral fellowship program identifies and supports early-career scientists who will shape the field of applied conservation biology. David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships are available to post-doctoral researchers (of any nationality) affiliated with a United States institution, proposing research that addresses pressing conservation issues for the United States.

Specializations for studying on this opportunity:

– Conservation science

Required Languages

English

Eligible Countries

ALL WORLD COUNTRIES

Program Period

2 Years

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  1. Fellows are selected according to four criteria:
  • Professional record.
  • Perceived potential for innovation and leadership.
  • Commitment to conservation.
  • The strength of their proposal.
  1. This post-doctoral fellowship program identifies and supports early-career scientists who will shape the field of applied conservation biology. David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships are available to post-doctoral researchers (of any nationality) affiliated with a United States institution, proposing research that addresses pressing conservation issues for the United States.
  2. To be eligible individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time; the award is made in 2018. Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must clearly indicate on the application the date the degree is expected.
  3. Second-year renewal of the fellowship is contingent upon satisfactory progress (including but not limited to participation in Program sponsored retreats) as well as timely completion of first‐year activity and financial reports.
  4. Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending Program-sponsored professional development retreats each year. These retreats provide opportunities to cultivate skills typically not covered during their academic education including leadership, communications, professional and funder networks, and to gain better understanding of policy-making and application of research.
  5. The focus of Smith Fellows’ research and activities should be characterized by:
  • Innovative research in conservation science.
  • Defining frontiers and leading the future of conservation science.
  • Developing the future world leaders in conservation research and application through training and mentorship.
  • Building coalitions of organizations and partnerships to support conservation science.
  1. Each Fellow is mentored by 2 mentors:
  • An academic mentor, typically at an academic institution, who encourages the Fellow’s continued academic development.
  • A field or practitioner mentor who helps the Fellow connect her/his research to practical conservation challenges.
  1. The practitioner mentor is typically affiliated with a conservation organization (government agency, non-governmental organization, or other non-academic conservation organization) with expertise and experience in “on-the-ground” application of conservation science.
  2. An ideal fellow is an innovative, action-oriented researcher with strong leadership potential. He / she will have excellent communication skills and a keen interest in applied research that improves conservation practices.
  3. All candidates will be notified of the status of their application by January 31, 2019.
  4. Funds are available for Fellows to start between 1 March and 1 September 2019 at the Fellow’s discretion.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

The Program will provide up to 5% of the total direct costs as overhead reimbursement to the host organization.

Two year annual salary of $55,000, research funds totaling $32,000 and an $8,000 travel budget.

How to Apply

First Step:

  1. Register
  2. Log in
  3. Create your online application

Second Step:

The candidates must fulfill all required documents include the following:

  1. Cover letter: Applicants should provide a compelling narrative of her/his interest in conservation, evidence of leadership and innovation, and how the fellowship could facilitate a unique and interdisciplinary plan for professional development.
  2. Research Plan: The 8-page research plan should include the following:
    • Title Page (not included in 8 page limit): Include applicant’s name, contact information, project title, academic mentor and research institution, conservation practitioner mentor and institution, reference names and institutions,
    • abstract,
    • background section,
    • statement of objectives,
    • approaches and methods,
    • anticipated results,
    • research schedule,
    • relevance to conservation science and practice
  3. Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Personal Statement: Please address the following questions (200 words each):
    • How have your life experiences uniquely positioned you to contribute to the diversity of perspectives in conservation and the goal of broadening participation in the field of conservation?
    • Can you share an experience you believe demonstrates your leadership skills and/or entrepreneurial abilities?
    • How is your research innovative and solutions-oriented? Who or what will be most greatly interested and impacted ?

     

  5. Letters
    • Three (3) letters of reference addressing the merits of the candidate and the candidate’s proposal. Letters should be written by individuals familiar with the applicant’s skills, experience, and research, Letters should emphasize the qualifications of the applicant, in particular any unique abilities to contribute significantly to conservation science and practice, Each letter writer must submit an electronic copy of their letter via our online submission platform. Applicants may NOT upload these letters directly – the system will
      send your letter writer a link through which they will be able to upload their letter.
    • Academic Mentor and Conservation Practitioner Mentor Letters: Letters from the academic and practitioner mentors expressing their commitment to support the applicant’s research and to encourage their professional development as a conservation scientist.
    • Mentor(s) Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae: A 2-page version of the sponsoring scientist’s CV (similar to that required by NSF).
  6. Indirect cost and equipment waiver/Benefits rate information: A letter verifying that the sponsoring institution will waive indirect costs in excess of 5% and comply with the Smith Program’s policy that all equipment purchased with Smith Fellowship funds remains property of the Fellow and will follow the Fellow to his/her next institution at the conclusion of the fellowship

 

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