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

Fellowships to Early Career Conservation Scientists at USA Institutions
to Participate in a Post-Doctoral Research Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Society for Conservation Biology and Cedar Tree Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/02/20 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Fellowships to early-career conservation scientists of any nationality based at USA institutions for research. 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.

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.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181857

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowship Benefits
- Two year annual salary of $59,000 plus benefits.
- Research funds totaling $32,000 and an $8,000 travel budget for 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.

Term of Contract:

Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March and September 2021.

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 2021 (September 2021 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:

Important dates:
- All application materials must be received by October 2, 2020.
- Finalist interviews will be conducted in January or February 2021.
- Funds are available for Fellows to start anytime between March and September 2021.

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/

Shonda Foster, Program Director
sfoster@conbio.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
Email: smithinfo@smithfellows.org

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