Applicants are invited for Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship open to international applicants. Fellows selected will be awarded two years of support for applied research in the field of conservation science and closely related fields.
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.
Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
Course Level: Fellowship is available for pursuing Postdoctoral program.
Study Subject: Fellowship is awarded in the field of Conservation Research.
Scholarship Award: 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.
Scholarship can be taken in the USA
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for this fellowship:
- To be eligible individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made in 2016. Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must clearly indicate on the application the date the degree is expected.
- 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 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 a 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. 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 the first-year activity and financial reports.
Nationality: Early-career scientists from around the globe are eligible to apply for this fellowship.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: To be eligible individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made in 2016.
English language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
How to Apply: All materials must be submitted electronically to smithfellows-at-conbio.org. All files should be submitted in PDF or MS Word format. Applicants may submit materials in separate files or all in one file (all in one file and PDF preferred). Following documents have to be submitted:
- 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. Applicants should not use cover letters to restate or extend material presented in the proposal, personal statement, and vita. Thoughtful, well-crafted cover letters improve the likelihood that competitive proposals will be identified during the initial stages of proposal evaluation.
- Title Page: Include applicant’s name, contact information, project title, academic sponsor and research institution, reference names and institutions, and conservation practitioner sponsor.
- Research Plan: The 8-page research plan should include the following:
- background section,
- statement of objectives,
- approaches and methods,
- anticipated results,
- research schedule,
- relevance to conservation science and practice
- Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
- Personal Statement: Please address the following questions (<200 words each):
- Give an example(s) of an accomplishment you believe demonstrates your leadership skills or entrepreneurial abilities.
- How is your research “cutting edge” or innovative?
- What will be the greatest impact of your research? Who or what will be most greatly affected?
- Three (3) letters of recommendation 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 to smithfellows-at-conbio.org. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that reference letters are submitted by the deadline.
- Sponsor Support Letter: Letter from the sponsoring scientist (either academic or practitioner mentor) expressing their commitment to support the applicant’s research and to encourage her/his professional development as a conservation scientist. The sponsor’s letter should verify the availability of laboratory/office space, libraries, and other relevant institutional resources, and describe how the applicant’s research relates to the sponsor’s ongoing endeavors.
- Sponsor’s Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae: A 2-page version of the sponsoring scientist’s CV (similar to that required by NSF).
- Support letter from other mentors(s): Additional mentor(s) that have agreed to serve on the applicant’s team should submit a letter expressing their support and describing how the proposed research will benefit conservation efforts. Applicants who arrange for mentors before submission provide the review panel with strong evidence of initiative and leadership.
- Indirect cost and equipment waiver: 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. Request the waiver early to ensure your application will be complete by the deadline. This item may be submitted via fax to 703.995.4633 or email.
Application Deadline: All applications materials must be received by September 9, 2016. Finalist interviews will be conducted in January 2017. All candidates will be notified of the status of their application by January 31,2017. Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March and September 2017.