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Unusual Fellowships, Part 5

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Unusual Fellowships, Part 5

Already applied for the NSF and the EPA Star? Interested in applying for some other fellowships, maybe ones that no one else in your school has heard of before? In this fifth installment of an occasional series I’ll share some of the more unique fellowships to come across my desk.

This month: fellowships for foresters! I just heard about two very interesting PhD fellowship opportunities at Utah State University in forestry. They are reviewing applications now but the opportunity is open until they award two fellowships, so get cracking! The fellowship offers $24,000/yr of assistance for three years starting in Fall 2011. If you are selected to receive the fellowship, you must also apply to the university. From their Project Summary (PDF), available on their website:

Our goal is to create a small cohort of forestry graduate students whose research will be linked under the theme “Managing for Resilience in Forested Ecosystems of the Intermountain West”. This program will use emerging research tools, common coursework, seminars and specific shared extension projects to provide the student fellows with skills and knowledge necessary for effective science-based input to management decisions about forested landscapes undergoing or threatened with large-scale change. Current topics related to management, adaptation and resiliency of forest ecosystems and their components in a changing climate will be emphasized.
The application process is pretty simple. Send Dr. Karen Mock (karen.mock@usu.edu) the following materials:
  • A resume describing your education, employment, and publication/presentation history,
  • A list of three references (and their contact information),
  • A copy of your academic transcripts (unofficial) and GRE scores,
  • A cover letter describing your research interests and why you would be a good candidate for this Fellowship.

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Unique Fellowships, Part 4

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Unique Fellowships, Part 4

Already applied for the NSF and the EPA Star? Interested in applying for some other fellowships, maybe ones that no one else in your school has heard of before? In this fourth installment of an occasional series I’ll share some of the more unique fellowships to come across my desk.

The year’s most unusual fellowship to date has to be the MLA Bibliography Fellowship. Designed to recognize the efforts of scholars providing citations to the MLA. Potential fellows must be interested in being trained as field bibliographers and be willing to submit 100 citations each year. The fellowship has a three-year term, at the end of which fellows receive $500 and a certificate of completion at the MLA convention.

Applications are due by April 1st. If you’re interested in applying, here are the instructions:

Please submit a letter of request, including qualifications and reasons for applying for the fellowship, and a current résumé or CV. Materials may be sent to Helen Slavin, MLA International Bibliography, 26 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10004-1789 (hslavin@mla.org).

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Unique Fellowships, Part 3

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Unique Fellowships, Part 3

Already applied for the NSF and the EPA Star? Interested in applying for some other fellowships, maybe ones that no one else in your school has heard of before? In this third installment of an occasional series I’ll share some of the more unique fellowships to come across my desk.

My interest was recently caught by the announcement of a four-year research fellowship in Old and Middle English.The successful applicant will not only get a salary for four years (£27,006 annually), but Merton College provides food and board.

This career development post will allow a promising academic at an early stage in his or her career to combine substantial support for research with the opportunity to develop skills in teaching and academic administration.

You’ll have to get cracking on this one, because the application is due by March 2nd! Learn more here, or download a PDF on the application process here.

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Unique Fellowships, Part 2

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Unique Fellowships, Part 2

Already applied for the NSF and the EPA Star? Interested in applying for some other fellowships, maybe ones that no one else in your school has heard of before? In thhis second installment of an occasional series I’ll share some of the more unique fellowships to come across my desk.

This month: PhD Fellowships in Genomics and Molecular Physiology of Fruits

Just finished your master’s degree and aren’t sure where to go next? Consider applying for a fellowship in Genomics and Molecular Physiology of Fruits (GMPF), which annually distributes twelve three-year PhD fellowships on behalf of 17 institutions in 11 countries. Note: the fellowship is conditional upon registering with one of the partner universities, and applicants must take care of that within a year of being awarded the fellowship or the funding will end.

The fellowship program provides a stipend of 20,000 Euros per year for three years, with the possibility of extensions. You’ll have to get cracking on this one, because the application is due by February 18th! Learn more here.

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Advances in Early Scientific Education

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Advances in Early Scientific Education

In a recent article published in the journal Science, Science 101: Building the Foundations for Real Understanding, Anastasia Thanukos and her co-authors from the University of California, Berkeley, describe the success of the multi-dimensional Understanding Evolution project which provides resources in four languages to educators “from kindergarten to college” in order to help engage students with science. Improving scientific literacy in our schools and population is incredibly important, and it is exciting to see scientists finding ways to participate in the effort.

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