Once in a while I come across a fellowship that re-confirms this: there’s a fellowship for everything. The Hudson River Foundation is offering full-time Mark B. Bain Graduate Research Fellowships to advanced graduate students conducting research on the Hudson River system. Fellowships awarded to doctoral students include a stipend of up to $15,000 for one year, and those for Master’s students will include a stipend of up to $11,000 for one year. Mark B. Bain Graduate Fellowship applications are due March 18, 2013.
The Foundation’s Hudson River Fund was created to address the need for an independent institution to sponsor scientific research and education programs on the River’s ecological system. This comes after a long series of legal controversies concerning the environmental impacts of power plants on the Hudson River.
The Foundation also has a summer fellowship, the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program, to support research on the Hudson River. $3,800 wouldn’t go far in New York City, but the Polgar Fellowships may be awarded for studies anywhere within the tidal Hudson estuary from New York Harbor to the Federal Dam at Troy, New York, including the four marshes of the National Estuarine Research Reserve. Applications for the summer fellowship are due February 11, 2013.
Environmental conservation leaders from developing countries could spend a year in Germany on an International Climate Protection Fellowship. The fellowship program’s goal is to promote exchange of ideas among the recipients. To do that, Fellows travel around Germany and get to know organisations engaged in the field of climate protection. The fellowship helps them build a network of contacts that they can then draw upon later when they are working around the world as experts in a range of fields.
‘The International Climate Protection Fellowships are primarily intended for people who are already engaged in climate protection,” says Francois Buscot, a member of the selection committee. Read more.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation gave away 14 fellowships this year to leaders from Bolivia, Ecuador, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uzbekistan and China. Their research covers topics such as the transition from fossil fuels to solar energy in Uzbekistan, the effects of climate and socio-economic factors on dengue fever epidemics in Sri Lanka, or urban planning that reconciles the needs of humans and nature.
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1. Create a plan
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4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
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10. Nail the individual and group interviews