[ES_JOBS_NET] Ewel Fellowship Program in Ecology and Environmental Science in the Tropics and Subtropics

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Oct 7 22:12:56 MDT 2015

The International Center at the University of Florida is pleased to invite
applications for the John J. and Katherine C. Ewel Fellowship Program in
Ecology and Environmental Science in the Tropics and Subtropics. This
program will enable a recent doctorate recipient to study ecology and
environmental sciences at the University of Florida (UF). The Fellow will
work for two years with a University of Florida faculty member in any
department to create new knowledge in any area of tropical and subtropical
Call for Applications. Due January 25, 2016
Ewel Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Environmental Science in the
Tropics and Subtropics *Call for Applications*. *Due: January 25, 2016* The

The fellowship will provide an annual stipend of $54,000 plus an annual
allowance of $15,000 for health insurance, research support, professional
development, and travel.  One two year fellowship will be awarded to begin
August 2016.
Selection criteria

   - Applicant’s prior academic and professional success and his or her
   potential contribution to scholarship or practice
   - UF faculty member commitment, enthusiasm and support for the proposed
   project and fellow, and the ability to provide office space and a
   productive work environment.
   - UF PhD graduates are ineligible.
   - Must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment
   in August 2016.
   - International doctoral students or recent PhD graduates are strongly
   encouraged to apply.

Finding a UF faculty sponsor

Potential candidates should start now to identify and establish a
relationship with a University of Florida faculty member to host his or her
research. The UF faculty member will be a mentor to the Fellow and will
provide office space, lab space if required, basic administrative support,
and any additional research support needed to meet the objectives of the
proposal. Potential candidates should search appropriate departments to
identify a faculty member with whom they wish to work.

Each applicant’s potential sponsor must submit a letter of support (two
pages maximum) to the selection committee describing in detail the level of
commitment to the research and the candidate.  A UF faculty member could
support more than one candidate. It is recommended that candidates search
widely for a faculty sponsor across the numerous programs and departments
at the University of Florida that conduct research on ecological and
environmental issues.  This includes, but is not limited to, the
departments of Biology and Geography in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences; departments and schools in the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences including Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Forest Resources and
Conservation, and Soil and Water Science; and interdisciplinary programs
including Tropical Conservation and Development.
Program requirements

   - Candidates for the 2016 Ewel Fellowship should have received their
   terminal degree between May 2012 and August 2016.
   - Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible,
   and they may propose research projects in any discipline related to ecology
   and the environment.  All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate
   experience performing scholarly research.
   - Each candidate must secure a commitment letter from one or more UF
   faculty to serve as a mentor and to provide office and lab space for the
   two-year fellowship.  The UF sponsor’s expertise should provide a
   significant opportunity to broaden the candidate’s own research expertise.
   - The University of Florida is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
   employer.  Women, minorities and non-US citizens are encouraged to apply.
   - Only individuals may apply.
   - Candidates may have received their PhD degree from any university in
   the world except the University of Florida.  Foreign nationals must be
   proficient in English (writing and speaking).
   - Successful candidates should be prepared to commit to work at UF for
   the full two years, which includes time spent overseas doing research.  The
   fellowship requires residency at UF for at least half of the fellowship
   period, i.e., 12 months, not necessarily continuous.

Proposal preparation instructions

A complete postdoctoral fellowship application consists of the following:

   - Completed application form
   - Project summary, limited to one page.
   - Project description, limited to five pages including all figures and
   - References cited (does not count against the five page limit).
   - Biographical sketch (e.g.., curriculum vitae), limited to two pages.
   List publications separately.
   - Current and pending support.
   - An abstract of your dissertation.
   - Two letters of support
      - From your UF mentor which includes a two page curriculum vitae from
      the mentor
      - From your thesis/dissertation advisor

Guidance on your proposal

The project description is your research and training plan and covers the
research you will do and the training you will receive during your
fellowship.  Include a brief introduction, a statement of your research
objectives, methods, significance of your research, your training
objectives, an explanation of how the fellowship activities will enhance
your career, and a justification for the selection of your UF mentor.
Guidance on the letter of support from your UF mentor

The letter of support from the UF mentor should include a brief description
of the research projects s/he is involved with and how your research and
training plan would fit into and benefit the ongoing research.  A
description of the role the UF mentor will play in mentoring the fellowship
recipient and in the proposed research should also be included.

If you have questions about the fellowship or application process, please

*Dr. Sandra L Russo*
Director Office for Global Research Engagement
University of Florida International Center
Email: srusso at ufic.ufl.edu  <srusso at ufic.ufl.edu>
Tel.: +1(352) 273-1533
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