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Fellowships – Award Year 2015

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Christine Mirzayan

Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships

Early-Career Research Fellowships will recognize professionals at the critical pretenure phase of their careers for exceptional leadership, past performance, and potential for future contributions to improving oil system safety, human health, or the environment. These two-year fellowships will be awarded to tenure-track (pretenure) faculty (or the equivalent) at colleges, universities, and research institutions. Up to five Fellows will be selected in 2015.

Apply for an Early-Career Research Fellowship HERE.
Returning applicants, click here.

Key Dates
 
January 8, 2015: "What You Need to Know" Webinar; click here to register
February 6, 2015, 8:00pm ET: Application deadline 
September 1, 2015: Fellowships begin
September 9-11, 2015: Orientation


Eligibility

  • Tenure-track faculty (or equivalent) at a college, university, or research institution who will not receive tenure before September 1, 2015.
  • Areas of research may include social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering, earth and life sciences, or relevant interdisciplinary fields.
  • The fellowship will be awarded to applicants whose research relates to the mission and goals of the Gulf Research Program.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action status under the Department of Homeland Security Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.
  • Applicants must identify a senior-level faculty member at their affiliated institution willing to serve as a career mentor.
  • Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.
The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful applicants:
  • Evidence of a strong scientific and technical background and superior scholarship;
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills;
  • Leadership qualities;
  • Membership in one or more groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the applicant’s scientific discipline.

Application Process

Required application materials:

  • Personal Statement that addresses the following questions (up to 750 words):
  • Resume or CV (up to 5 pages) 
  • Research Plan that demonstrates the importance of your research and outlines the goals you hope to accomplish before achieving tenure. It should specify which part(s) of your research portfolio would benefit from this fellowship funding (up to 5 pages).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (applicants - click here for guidance to share with your references)
  • Letter of Support from your identified mentor. Your selected mentor should be a senior-level, tenured faculty member at your college, university, or research institution. You should choose a mentor who is willing to meet on a regular basis (at least twice a month) to provide guidance and advice on professional and career issues such as promotion and tenure, teaching, committee service, leadership development, and lab and research management. 

A panel of peer reviewers will select the top applicants. In making final funding decisions, the Gulf Research Program will be considering, in addition to the peer review comments, how the applicants fit into the overall goals of the Gulf Research Program, including such considerations as balance of Fellows across scientific disciplines and institutional affiliations. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the merit review criteria as well as the terms of the fellowship before preparing their application.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellows will receive an award of $76,000 paid to their institution in the form of a two-year grant. Because of this, it is important for potential Fellows to ensure compliance with all of their affiliated institution’s requirements for applications for external funding. Fellowship grant funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges. $75,000 will be used by the fellow for research-related expenses, including equipment purchases, professional travel, professional development courses (e.g., grant writing), trainee support, summer salary, or any other costs directly related to the fellow’s research. Use of fellowship funds for other expenses will require pre-approval from the Gulf Research Program. If a Fellow moves to a different institution during the Fellowship, transfer of the remaining Fellowship funds to the Fellow’s new institution will be approved only under extraordinary circumstances. The remaining $1,000 will serve as an honorarium for the senior-level faculty mentor.

In addition to the faculty mentor at the fellow’s home institution, each fellow will be paired with a second mentor who is a leader in the fellow’s discipline. At the beginning of the fellowship year, all fellows will attend an orientation. Travel expenses for this event will be covered by the Gulf Research Program and are in addition to the $76,000 fellowship award.

Questions? Send questions about the fellowship toGulfFellowships@nas.edu (Back to top)


Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowships

Science Policy Fellowships will contribute to leadership development and capacity building by providing recipients with a valuable educational experience at the science-policy interface. Fellows will spend one year on the staff of a state legislature; state environmental, natural resources, oil and gas, or public health agency; or regional offices of relevant federal agencies in the Gulf region. Fellows will participate in and contribute to the state or federal policy-making process. Depending on placement, duties are likely to include analyzing and synthesizing scientific information to support host office activities, writing policy memos, and drafting legislation. Up to five Fellows will be chosen in 2015.

Apply for a Science Policy Fellowship HERE.
Returning applicants, click here.

Key Dates

January 8, 2015: "What You Need to Know" Webinar; click here to register
February 6, 2015, 8:00pm ET: Application deadline
March 2015: Finalist Interviews
April 2015: Placement Interviews
September 1, 2015: Fellowships begin
September 9-11, 2015: Orientation 

Eligibility

  • Graduate and professional school students and those who received their graduate degree on or after September 1, 2010 are eligible to apply. Eligible degrees include MA/MS, PhD, ScD, MPH, MD, or DVM.
  • Areas of study may include social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering, earth and life sciences, or relevant interdisciplinary fields.
  • The fellowship will be awarded to applicants whose graduate work relates to the mission and goals of the Gulf Research Program.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action status under the Department of Homeland Security Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
  • Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.
  • Applicants are not required to have direct public policy experience but should have a demonstrable interest in applying science to public policy.

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful applicants:

  • Evidence of a strong scientific and technical background and superior academic achievement;
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills;
  • Leadership qualities;
  • Membership in one or more groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the applicant’s scientific discipline.
Application Process

Required application materials:
  • Personal Statement that addresses the following questions (up to 1000 words):  
  • Resume or CV (up to 5 pages)
  • Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (applicants - click here for guidance to share with your references)

A panel of peer reviewers will select the top applicants. Top applicants will be interviewed in person or by phone for the final stage of the selection process. In making final funding decisions, the Gulf Research Program will be considering, in addition to the peer review comments, how the applicants fit into the overall goals of the Gulf Research Program, including such considerations as balance of Fellows across scientific disciplines. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the merit review criteria as well as the terms of the fellowship before preparing their application.

Placement Process

Once selected, fellows will be provided information about hosting offices and will arrange their own interviews with these offices during a time window determined by Program staff. Fellows can arrange for a one-year placement in a single office, or two six-month placements with two different offices.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $45,000 for current students or $55,000 for graduates, paid directly to the fellow in monthly disbursements.

Fellows will be required to take two professional development courses of their choosing during their tenure (e.g., science communication, project management). Fellows will be able to choose from a list of pre-approved courses, or find other programs and request approval from Gulf Research Program staff. Additional support, up to $5,000, will be provided on a reimbursable basis to offset tuition and/or fees associated with enrolling in these courses or for professional travel.

Each fellow will be paired with a mentor within their host office. At the beginning of the fellowship year, all fellows will attend an orientation. At the end of the fellowship year, fellows will meet for a capstone experience that will include presentations from fellows about their experiences, training, professional development and discussions of lessons learned and career goals. Travel expenses for these events will be covered by the Gulf Research Program and are in addition to the fellowship stipend.

Questions? Send questions about the fellowship toGulfFellowships@nas.edu(Back to top)


Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to engage early career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level.

Fellows hosted by the Gulf Research Program will be part of a cohort of about two dozen other Fellows learning about the role of science in the federal government and will work directly with the Gulf Research Program and our Advisory Board.

We look for candidates who are forward-thinking and cross-disciplinary. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies within the last five years may apply. Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose graduate work is relevant to the Gulf of Mexico and the mission and goals of the Gulf Research Program.

The program is open to all U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents or adjustment applicants. Other eligible applicants include those with valid F-1, J, asylee, or refugee status. Non-U.S. citizens not currently enrolled in a U.S. university must be within 5 years of graduation and have OPT, work authorization, or their visa sponsor’s written authorization valid throughout the program period.

Applications for the Winter 2016 class of Fellows will open in the Summer of 2015. The stipend for the 12-week fellowship  is $8,500. To learn more about the program, click here.

Questions? Send general questions about the fellowship to policyfellows@nas.edu. Send questions about working with the Gulf Research Program to GulfFellowships@nas.edu (Back to top)


Updated on December 18, 2014