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Unique Fellowship, Part 8

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Unique Fellowship, Part 8

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 eighth installment of an occasional series I’ll share some of the more unique fellowships to come across my desk.

The Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies is the most unusual thing that I’ve seen recently. Offered by the Library of Congress’ Kluge Center, the fellowship program is intended for scholars interested in conducting advanced post-doctoral research on the Lomax collection. From the Library of Congress:

The Lomax Collection is a major collection of ethnographic field audio recordings, motion pictures, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and other materials that represent Lomax’s lifetime of work to document and analyze traditional music, dance, storytelling and other expressive genres that arise from cultural groups in many parts of the world, particularly the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean. Lomax (1915-2002) was one of the greatest documenters of traditional culture during the twentieth century.

The fellowship offers a monthly $4,200 stipend for up to (but no more than) eight months. Applications are due by February 28th. See the Library of Congress’ website for more information.

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Unusual Fellowships, Part 7

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Unusual Fellowships, Part 7

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 seventh installment of an occasional series I’ll share some of the more unique fellowships to come across my desk.

This month: the International Fellowship in Graduate Research for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change

Fellows will be expected to become specialists who can contribute to research regarding the adaptation of livestock systems to climate change in the LCC CRSP countries of focus (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Nepal, and Tajikistan). Selected fellows must propose to conduct research in one or more of the focus countries. In this way, the LCC CRSP aims to build research capacity.

The fellowship offers a stipend of $20,000 per year for up to 3 years. Applications are due by March 31st. More information here.

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Educating the Next Generation of Wildland Fire Leaders

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Educating the Next Generation of Wildland Fire Leaders

The October/November 2009 issue of the Journal of Forestry included an article by Leda N. Kobziar et al discussing the challenges of educating the next generation of wildland fire leaders. Dr. Kobziar, who, incidentally, attended U.C. Berkeley as the student of one of my committee-members, the extraordinary Dr. Scott Stephens, writes that over the last few decades, the duties and skillset required of wildland fire has become much more complex, but the educational framework for developing and teaching future leaders has lagged behind.

Presently, it is very difficult to coordinate schedules and work to be able to get all the classes required for various certifications, particularly if one is already in school to begin with. Personally, it has been a struggle to maintain my Red Card and some certifications have lapsed because I couldn’t find time for complete required refreshers. Dr. Kobziar suggests a more streamlined approach, a fire professional development triangle comprised of training, education, and experience. I think encouraging a more formal blending formal education with practical fire experience is an excellant idea.

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