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David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship (Smith Fellows Program)

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Society for Conservation Biology and Cedar Tree Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/16/22 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Fellowships to early-career conservation scientists of any nationality based at USA institutions. This two-year post-doctoral fellowship program is intended to support leading scientists by fostering research skills improvement and providing field learning experiences, training programs, and peer networking.

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.

These Fellowships provide support for outstanding early-career scientists from around the globe based at a United States institution to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern for the United States. Individuals who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management are encouraged to apply. 

Smith Fellows are awarded two years of support for applied research in the field of conservation science and closely related fields. Research approaches may include comparative studies, synthetic analyses across sites, experimentation or observational studies, applied modeling, or any combination. Proposed research may include intensive work at one site, work at multiple sites, or comparative evaluations of studies by other scientists across many sites. 

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 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 the research outlined in their proposal on a full-time basis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181857

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each Fellow will receive an annual salary of $63,500 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.

Term of Contract:

Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March and September 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made in 2023 (September 2023 latest). Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must clearly indicate on the application the date the degree is expected.

The Fellowship funders require that the Fellowship be administered by a U.S. based institution and that the research have relevance to conservation in the U.S. However, U.S. citizenship is not required.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications materials must be received by September 16, 2022. Finalist interviews will be conducted in January or February 2023. All candidates will be notified of the status of their application by January 31, 2023. Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March and September 2023.

Program information: https://conbio.org/mini-sites/smith-fellows/about-the-program/program-details/

Contact Information:

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/

Questions about the application process may be directed to the Smith Fellows Program at smithinfo@smithfellows.org.

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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