Guidelines for Preparing Short-term Fellowship Proposals
The following information is intended to help applicants prepare their proposals. Note that incomplete applications, or those that fail to follow the guidelines, will not be considered. Support is provided to carry out short-term research projects in the tropics in areas of STRI research, under the supervision of STRI Staff Scientists. STRI research associates, STRI postdoctoral fellows, and STRI Senior Lab Managers may also serve as consultant, in collaboration with a staff scientist.
- Projects usually are complete in themselves and their maximum duration is 3 months; extensions are awarded only in exceptional circumstances.
- Smaller projects that are part of a larger thesis or dissertation are encouraged, in which case the specific proposal should also briefly sketch how the research project fits into the broader study.
- Exceptional exploratory projects or pilot studies with well-defined goals and methods will be considered.
- Most fellowships are awarded to graduate students, but awards are occasionally made to outstanding undergraduate.
- Fellowships may provide a modest stipend to cover living expenses while at STRI (currently $800/month); a modest research allowance that does not exceed $2000 and is usually less; and round-trip coach airfare. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding, and partial awards are often given.
- The deadlines for submitting applications are the 15th of January, April, July, and October.
Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish: Before submitting a formal application all applicants should consult with STRI scientific staff, who will serve as potential advisors, to confirm that they are willing to supervise and support the proposed project. Proposals without the support of named advisors will not be funded. When corresponding with advisors we strongly encourage applicants to ask for advice on the scientific merit of the proposed research, methodology and logistics, and for written comments on preliminary drafts of the proposals.
Main advisors MUST be members of the STRI scientific staff (list available at www.stri.org). Consultants (also called co-advisors) may be STRI Research Associates (list available at www.stri.org), STRI Post-doctoral Fellows, and/or STRI Senior Lab Managers.