Date Posted: Dec 28, 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2019
The Gulf Research Program’s Science Policy Fellowship program helps scientists hone their skills by putting them to practice for the benefit of Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems. Fellows gain first-hand experience at the interface of science and policy as they spend one year on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, or public health agency in the Gulf of Mexico region. With the guidance of a mentor, fellows delve into activities like policy development, evaluation, restoration planning, grants management, and stakeholder outreach and learn what it takes to make scientific information not just useful but useable. Meanwhile, host offices get a talented technical expert with a fresh perspective and a new network of contacts across the Gulf of Mexico region.
Location: U.S. Gulf of Mexico region: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas
Fellowship Benefits: Fellows who have completed an MA, MS, or MPH/MSPH degree or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program will receive an annual stipend of $45,000. Fellows who have completed a PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM will receive an annual stipend of $55,000. Stipends will be paid directly to the fellow in monthly disbursements. Fellows will receive up to $5,000 in additional support as reimbursement for tuition and/or fees for professional development courses and activities or for professional travel related to their host office duties. All fellows will attend an orientation in Washington, D.C., in September 2019 and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans in February 2020. Travel expenses for these events will be covered by the Gulf Research Program; they are in addition to the fellowship stipend and professional development support.
Term: 12 months, September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program or hold an eligible degree—including MA/MS, MPH/MSPH, PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM—in an area of research relevant to one or more initiatives of the Gulf Research Program, including social and behavioral sciences, health sciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, or a relevant interdisciplinary scientific field. Eligible degrees must be completed by August 15, 2019, and conferred by December 31, 2019. Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral program must take a leave of absence for the duration of the fellowship.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident. Applicants cannot be currently employed by the U.S. federal government. Full-time, paid, permanent federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.
How to Apply: Visit http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/fellowships/science-policy for information on application requirements, eligibility, the selection and placement process, and how to apply.
Applications for 2019 fellowships will be accepted through March 6, 2019.