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    Doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science


    Ellen Paul
    • Employer: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) is pleased to announce the availability of a Doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science. One fellowship, the ConocoPhillips/SMSC Conservation Research Fellow, will be offered in fall 2019 for a student with a B.S. or M.S. in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Zoology or a related field, and whose research interests coincide with scholars from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and George Mason University. Prospective candidates must qualify for admission to a conservation-focused Ph.D. program at George Mason University.

    Support will be provided for five years with a stipend of $28,000/year, health insurance, and tuition remission for 18 total credits for the academic year. Fellowship awardee will be expected to pursue this research full time. Preference will be given to applicants who will work on a research project involving collaboration between Mason and Smithsonian investigators and whose mentor(s) are actively collaborating with SMSC (e.g., accepting practicum/research students, unpaid instruction).

    The awardee will be required to acknowledge SMSC and the donor on all publications and presentations resulting from work completed while funded by this fellowship. SMSC will construct marketing material showcasing the awardee’s work. Awardee will be expected to meet annually with the donors, and will be required to present research results each year at Mason’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (MaGIC) and/or Mason’s 3MT® competition.

    Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the following links before applying: Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Policy: http://esp.gmu.edu/academic-programs/graduate/admissions/ Ph.D. program in Biosciences: http://catalog.gmu.edu/colleges-schools/science/systems-biology/biosciences-phd/ - requirementstext Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI): https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation Applicants should contact potential research advisors in advance of submitting the application. Arrangements with SCBI and Mason mentors may take time and is required for successful application. Lists of potential research mentors (other Mason and SI researchers may serve): https://nationalzoo.si.edu/about/staff https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation/scbi-staff https://biology.gmu.edu/people/faculty/departmental-faculty-bios/ https://cos.gmu.edu/ssb/research/ https://esp.gmu.edu/faculty-staff/graduate-program-faculty/

    A full application packet must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office of George Mason University (https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/apply-now). Follow instructions for a Graduate-Degree Seeking Student for fall 2019. Include the extra Letter of Interest for the doctoral fellowship.  

    The following materials must also be submitted as part of the application: 1. Letter of Interest addressing the candidate’s research experience and how this experience relates to SMSC and SCBI research agendas. This statement should be specific and reflect discussions with prospective SCBI and Mason research mentors. 2. Three letters of reference. 3. Endorsement letters by SCBI and Mason mentors. 4. Transcripts from completed degrees. 5. GRE scores (general test). 6. International students must submit adequate TOEFL scores.

    For full consideration, applications must be received by February 4, 2019.

    Specific questions may be addressed to Cody W. Edwards, Ph.D., Executive Director, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, cedward7@gmu.edu.

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