Individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made in 2017;
The Smith Fellow is offering its David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship to scientists that wish to do research on conservation science un United States. The fellowship includes an annual salary of USD $55,000, research fund of $32,000 and a travel budget of $8,000. The application deadline is due to September 9, 2106.
About the Fellowship
The purpose of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship is: To create opportunities for leading conservation scientists to strengthen their skills through two years of applied post-doctoral research, supplemented by training programs, peer networking, and field learning experiences; so that they may:
1. Build productive partnerships with conservation practitioners; and
2. Contribute and communicate scientific knowledge to problems of critical importance in conservation.
Each Fellow will receive an annual salary of $55,000 plus benefits, with the post-doctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives a travel budget of $8,000 and a research fund of $32,000 over the 2-year fellowship period.
Fellows are employed either by their sponsoring academic institution or conservation organization, typically the location of either their academic or practitioner mentor. The Program will provide up to 5% of the total direct costs as overhead reimbursement to the host organization. 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.
To be eligible individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made in 2017. Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must clearly indicate on the application the date the degree is expected.
Selection Criteria, Process, and Notification
Fellows are selected according to four criteria:
1) Professional record,
2) Perceived potential for innovation and leadership,
3) Commitment to conservation, and
4) The strength of their proposal.
An ideal Smith Fellow is an innovative, practical-minded researcher with strong leadership potential. S/he will have excellent communication skills and a keen interest in applied research that improves conservation practice. The ideal proposal will clearly articulate concepts and objectives that are both innovative and feasible.
The Fellowship funders require that the Fellowship be administered by a U.S. institution and that the research be primarily conducted in the U.S. However, U.S. citizenship is not required.
The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program seeks to develop future world leaders and entrepreneurs who are successful at linking conservation science and application. Smith Fellowships provide two years of postdoctoral support to outstanding early-career scientists.
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