Frank M. Cushing Science Policy Fellowship

Academic level PhD, Postdoctoral Focus Leadership & Communications, Policy, Research Duration Year or less

The Frank M. Cushing Science Policy Fellowship is a fellowship for marine science  postdoctoral scholars and doctoral candidates interested in bridging the gap between science and policy by spending a year in Washington DC researching, developing and advocating for research and sound ocean policy. 

Frank Cushing was widely appreciated for his mentorship of young policy makers and his willingness to spend time sharing his expertise, experience and influence with the science community.  This fellowship is designed to expose young ocean scientists to navigating the inside-the-beltway political landscape that Frank negotiated so successfully and for them to learn about the major contributions that he made to science.


To Apply: 

Please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to jobs@oceanleadership.org with the subject line, “Cushing Fellow”. Materials may also be mailed to Human Resources, The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.


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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Academic level Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral, Professional (MD, JD, MBA) Focus Leadership & Communications, Policy, Research, Travel Duration Year or less

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The study/research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. See the program website for more information.

George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarships

Academic level Masters, PhD Focus Research Duration Year or less

The George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarships encourages minority students from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to participate in the Society's biennial conferences and enhance their interest in the conservation and preservation of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites throughout the world.  The goal of the scholarship is to encourage greater ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity among the park professions. The GWS seeks to encourage scholarship winners to pursue a profession in fields directly related parks by giving them the opportunity to participate in a professional conference in all its dimensions, whether by taking part in sessions or networking with peers.

German Academic Exchange Service

Academic level Masters, PhD Focus Leadership & Communications Duration Summer

Good research relies on cooperation, and international teamwork is becoming increasingly important. This means that scientists and engineers with international experience are increasingly sought after in both business and industry. The number of truly exciting professional work programs abroad for students in the sciences and engineering is still far too small. Because of this DAAD set out to create unique opportunities for science and engineering students from the United States and Canada interested in gaining serious practical experience in Germany.

Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Academic level Postdoctoral Focus Research Duration Year or less

The fellowships are intended for researchers who have a doctorate degree and wish to devote a year to scholarly work in areas related to natural resources, energy, or the environment. Social scientists as well as natural scientists interested in policy-relevant interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Because fellows will interact closely with Resources for the Future (RFF) researchers, selection criteria will include the nature of the applicant’s proposed research program and how it fits with RFF work in progress.

Global Environmental Leadership Fellows, Institute on the Environment (IonE)

Academic level Postdoctoral Focus Research Duration More than a year

Global Environmental Leadership Fellows pursue world-class research to develop solutions to pressing global issues, such as land use and ecosystem management, global food security, freshwater resources, climate change adaptation, emerging diseases and links between population & development. Fellowships focus on three core areas: land use, ecosystem change, agriculture & food security; freshwater systems and water security; and the intersection of environment, population and development.

Graduate Research Assistant Program at Los Alamos National Lab

Academic level Masters, PhD Focus Research Duration Year or less

The Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Program is a year-round educational program that provides students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing a graduate degree. In some cases, students can arrange to conduct master's or doctoral thesis research at the Laboratory.

  • The majority of the appointments are in the technical and scientific disciplines.
  • Appointments are available for 90 days up to one year, with option for renewal based upon program requirements.
  • Students are selected on the basis of field of study, grade point average, and research interests.
  • Individuals may remain in the GRA program for up to three months after receiving a PhD.

Harvard Environmental Fellows

Academic level PhD Focus Research Duration More than a year

Applications for the Harvard University Environmental Fellows Program are now being accepted. In this program, Fellows work at Harvard for two years, supervised by a faculty host in any part of the University. Fellows conduct research in various disciplines of environmental scholarship and convene frequently in a series of dinners and meetings with faculty to foster intellectual and social connections across disciplines and departments. 

Applicant Criteria: 

  • the applicant’s prior academic and professional success and hisor her potential contribution to scholarship or practice
  • the project’s significance: the potential impact of the researchproject on scholarship at Harvard and on environmental problems
  • the host’s commitment: the host faculty member’s enthusiasm forthe proposed project and fellow, the host’s ability to mentor the fellow,and his or her ability to provide office space and a productive work environment
  • diversity: The selection committee will select a group of fellows in 2014 who will complement those selected last year, creating a group of approximately a dozen men and women with a diverse set of academic interests and skills and a range of ethnic and racial backgrounds. Recipients—and hosts—may include people with degrees in the sciences, economics, law, government, public policy,public health, medicine, design, and the full array of humanities.Their research topics will be equally varied.

To apply go to http://environment.harvard.edu/grants/fellows/application

Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

Academic level Postdoctoral Focus Policy Duration Year or less

As part of the Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has established the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering who is interested in transitioning to a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Hellman Fellow will work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology.

IGB Fellows Program

Academic level Postdoctoral Focus Research Duration More than a year

The Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a number of fellowships for truly exceptional young scholars who have completed their Ph.D. within the last several years, and are looking for a stimulating and supportive interdisciplinary environment to carry out independent and collaborative research in the field of genomic biology.