Smith Fellows Program
Fellowships to Early Career Conservation Scientists at USA Institutions
to Participate in a Post-Doctoral Research Program
to Participate in a Post-Doctoral Research Program
Foundation / Corporation
Society for Conservation Biology and Cedar Tree Foundation
09/08/17 Received by 5:00 PM EST
Fellowships to early career conservation scientists based at USA institutions for a two-year post-doctoral research program. Eligible scientists may be from any nationality. These fellowships are intended to strengthen the skills of leading scientists through two years of applied post-doctoral research in the field of conservation science and closely related fields, supplemented by training programs, peer networking, and field learning experiences.
Individuals who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management are encouraged to apply. Through these fellowships, scientists will be able to build productive partnerships with conservation practitioners, and contribute and communicate scientific knowledge to problems of critical importance in conservation.
The focus of Smith Fellows’ research and activities should be characterized by:
- Cutting edge 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;
- Supporting and encouraging high-potential individuals to accept risk as a component of change and leadership and thus make significant change in the world.
Each Fellow is mentored by:
- An academic mentor, typically at an academic institution, who encourages the Fellow's continued academic development, and
- A field or practitioner mentor who helps the Fellow connect her/his research to practical conservation challenges. 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.
Fellows may be administratively based at either the sponsoring academic institution or conservation organization, typically the location of either the academic or practitioner mentor.
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. Smith Fellows also receive a lifetime membership to the Society for Conservation Biology.
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.
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 fellowship period.
The Program will provide up to 5% of the total direct costs as overhead reimbursement to the host organization.
Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March 1 and September 1, 2018 for a two-year fellowship period.
Please note that 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.
Eligibility and Award Terms
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.
Individuals who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management are encouraged to apply.
Please Note: The Fellowship funders require that the Fellowship be administered by a USA institution and that the research be primarily conducted in the USA However, USA citizenship is not required.
All applications materials must be received by September 8, 2017. Finalist interviews will be conducted in January 2018. All candidates will be notified of the status of their application by January 31, 2018. Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March and September 2018.
All materials must be submitted electronically. All files should be submitted in PDF or MS Word format. You may submit materials in separate files or all in one file (all in one file and PDF preferred). Please include your last name in some part of the file name. Letters sent on your behalf should include your last name and the sender’s last name in some part of the file name. Please do not "lock" PDF documents as they will be merged with other application materials (e.g. recommendation letters) to make review more convenient.
Many Universities offer to submit entire proposals on an applicant's behalf; however, the Foundation prefers to receive proposals directly from the applicant, rather than from the University. The only item that should come directly from the University/other sponsoring institution is the indirect cost waiver.
Please Note: 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. Fellows are expected to pursue their research outlined in their proposal on a full-time basis.
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All materials must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the application process may be directed to the Smith Fellows program at the same email address.
Shonda Foster, Program Director
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