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External Award: Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research

July 18, 2017
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The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship creates opportunities for leading conservation scientists to strengthen their skills through two years of applied post-doctoral research, supplemented by training programs, peer networking, and field learning experiences; so that they may

  1. Build productive partnerships with conservation practitioners; and
  2. Contribute and communicate scientific knowledge to problems of critical importance in conservation.

Smith Fellows are awarded two years of support for applied research in the field of conservation science and closely related fields. Each Fellow is mentored by

  1. An academic mentor, typically at an academic institution, who encourages the Fellow's continued academic development, and
  2. A field or practitioner mentor who helps the Fellow connect her/his research to practical conservation challenges.  

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.

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. The Fellowship funders require that the Fellowship be administered by a U.S. institution and that the research be primarily conducted in the U.S. However, U.S. citizenship is not required.

The application deadline is September 8, 2017. Please see their proposal guidelines for more information.

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