Foundation / Corporation
Society for Conservation Biology and Cedar Tree Foundation
09/13/19 5:00 PM EST Receipt
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. This fellowship program is intended to strengthen the skills of leading scientists through two years of applied post-doctoral research supplemented by training programs, peer networking, and field learning experiences, so that they may 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.
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.
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.
GrantWatch ID#: 181857
Each Fellow will receive an annual salary of $57,000 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.
Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March and September 2020.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://apply.smithfellows.org/
Shonda Foster, Program Director
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship
Society for Conservation Biology
1133 15th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Phone: 1-202-234-4133 x101
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