Sustainability Science Fellowship at Harvard University

Academic level PhD, Postdoctoral, Other Focus Policy Duration Semester or less, Year or less, More than a year

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University offers doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career fellowships in Sustainability Science. The Sustainability Science Program aims to facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development. The program seeks to advance scientific understanding of human-environment systems; to improve linkages between relevant research and innovation communities on the one hand, and relevant policy and management communities on the other; and, more broadly, to build capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability. For more information, see the program website.

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program

Academic level Masters, PhD Focus Leadership & Communications Duration Year or less

The goal of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program is to support highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. The Foundation broadly defines its interest in the environment and the means by which positive results can be achieved. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental policy, economics, land and water conservation, public health, journalism, architecture, environmental justice, business and law as well as the more traditional sciences of biology, chemistry and engineering. For more information, see the program website.

Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Postdoctoral Fellowship

Academic level Postdoctoral Focus Research Duration More than a year

The Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) is the first network of marine observatories focused on global-scale, long-term study of coastal biodiversity and ecosystems using standardized approaches. The network is a developing partnership of diverse organizations facilitating long-term interdisciplinary, comparative research. TMON is dedicated to understanding change in the biodiversity, structure, and functioning of marine ecosystems, at local through global scales. The research aims to advance scientific capacity for forecasting change and to inform appropriate policy.

Postdoctoral scientists must collaborate directly with Smithsonian scientists as named sponsors (see Smithsonian Marine Research Staff at http://www.si.edu/marinescience/staff.htm) and must select co-Advisors from more than one SI unit (NMNH, SMSFP, SERC, STRI, NZP). Stipend is $45,000 per year with an allowance for health insurance, travel to the Smithsonian host facility, research travel and supplies, up to a total $60,000 maximum per year. Awards will be made for a maximum of two years, pending first-year performance review. Proposals must focus on comparative research involving at least two TMON facilities. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. degree before commencing the fellowship. Individuals who have been employees at the Smithsonian Institution within the previous year are not eligible.


Proposal submission. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Smithsonian staff scientists prior to proposal submission. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single PDF by 15 January 2014 at midnight EST to stonem@si.edu. Two non-Smithsonian referees must be identified and submit letters of support to the same site by 15 January 2014.

US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner's Fellowship

Academic level PhD Focus Policy Duration More than a year

FDA invites outstanding healthcare professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to its two-year Fellowship Program, where they will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist.  The program combines coursework designed to provide an in-depth understanding of science behind regulatory review with the development of a carefully designed, agency priority, regulatory science project. There are 17 projects available for the Class of 2014. Email fdacommissionersfellows@fda.hhs.gov.

Welder Wildlife Fellowships

Academic level Masters, PhD Focus Research Duration Year or less

The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation's graduate research fellowship program is designed to promote the education of exceptionally qualified students and provide research information to manage wildlife populations. The scientific breadth of the program is suggested by the academic units of previous fellowship recipients, among them: animal behavior, biology, botany, conservation education, ecology, genetics, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, range science, veterinary pathology, and wildlife sciences.

Fellowships are awarded directly to properly accredited U.S. colleges or universities for bona fide graduate students who are approved candidates for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees after project proposals have been submitted to and approved by the Foundation. For more information, see the program website.