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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 and well being, or environmental protection. These two-year fellowships will be awarded to tenure-track faculty (or equivalent) at colleges, universities, and research institutions. Up to ten Fellows will be selected in 2016.

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Key Dates
 
December 1, 2015: Applications open-- CLICK HERE to apply
February 17, 2016: Application deadline
September 1, 2016: Fellowships begin
September 7-9, 2016: Fellowship Orientation

Eligibility

  • Applicants must hold an Assistant Professor position (or equivalent) at a college, university, or research institution.
  • Applicants will not receive tenure before September 1, 2016.
  • 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 themission 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 non-federal 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;
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary field or participating in interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience;
  • Membership in one or more groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the applicant’s scientific discipline.
Application Process
Required application materials:
  • Personal Statements that address the following:
    • Explain why the work you do matters (100 words)
    • Describe how your research is relevant to themission and goals of the Gulf Research Program(250 words)
    • Describe how this fellowship will help you achieve your professional goals (250 words)
    • Describe what leadership means to you (250 words)
    • Describe how you can benefit from mentoring (250 words)
  • Resume or CV (up to 5 pages)
  • Research Plan (up to 5 pages including figures, tables, and references). The GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship funds people, not projects. Therefore, your research plan should include information about your current research portfolio as a whole, not a specific project. Your research plan must include the following:
    • A description of your research and why it is important
    • The research goals you hope to accomplish before achieving tenure
    • What you anticipate using fellowship funds for if you are selected as a fellow
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. Your mentor may not submit one of these letters
  • Statement from your selected 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. Your mentor will be asked to address:
    • How you as the applicant can benefit from mentoring (500 words)
    • His/her goals for the mentor/mentee relationship (500 words)
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. Before completing an application, applicants should familiarize themselves with the review criteria and the terms of the fellowship.

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. 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.

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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 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 performing background research, analyzing and synthesizing scientific information to support host office activities, writing policy memos, and meeting with stakeholders. Up to ten Fellows will be chosen in 2016.

Click here to watch a video tutorial on applying for this fellowship

Key Dates

December 1, 2015: Applications open-- CLICK HERE to apply
February 17, 2016: Application deadline
September 1, 2016: Fellowships begin
September 7-9, 2016: Fellowship Orientation

Eligibility
  • Doctoral students and those who received their graduate degree on or after September 1, 2011 are eligible to apply. Eligible degrees include MA/MS, PhD, ScD, MPH, MD, or DVM. Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral program must be prepared to take a leave of absence from their graduate program during the fellowship period (September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017).
  • 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 themission 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:
    • Describe your career goals and how this fellowship will help you achieve them (500 words)
    • Describe how your career goals align with themission and goals of the Gulf Research Program (250 words)
    • Describe what leadership mean to you (250 words)
  • Resume or CV (up to 5 pages)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
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. Before completing an application, applicants should familiarize themselves with the review criteria and the terms of the fellowship .

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.

Fellowship Benefits


Fellows who have completed an MA, MS, or MPH 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, MD, or DVM will receive an annual stipend of $55,000. Stipends will be paid directly to the fellow in monthly disbursements.
 
Additional support, up to $5,000, will be provided on a reimbursable basis to offset tuition and/or fees associated with enrolling in professional development courses or for professional travel related to their host office duties.

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. Travel expenses for this event will be covered by the Gulf Research Program and are in addition to the fellowship stipend.

Questions? Send questions about the fellowship to
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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. We are particularly interested in 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. The stipend for the 12-week fellowship is $8,500.

The application for the winter 2016 class of Fellows is closed. More information about the 2017 session will be available in summer 2016.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 toGulfFellowships@nas.edu (Back to top)

Updated on December 1, 2015