Fellowships & Scholarships

February 2014 Update: The Everglades Foundation is now accepting applications for its Fellowship and Scholarship programs. Please read below for more information or to download the latest Scholarship Information Sheet. 

The Everglades Foundation provides fellowships and scholarships for advanced research in support of the restoration of the Florida Everglades. The Foundation is committed to supporting graduate research students actively pursuing the development of innovative scientific methods to advance the understanding of Everglades physical, chemical or biological processes, or research in economic impacts of environmental changes.

Before You Apply

Eligibility

The scholarships and fellowships are open to full-time graduate research students pursuing degrees in earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering, geography, planning and resources management, and economics. Cross-disciplinary research efforts are of special interest. Unlike the Scholarship, the Fellowship program will be supporting direct collaboration between university professors (and/or scientists affiliated with other agencies) and Foundation science staff member(s). This collaboration is to be initiated by the academic staff member at least 6 months before the award is made.

Awards

Both scholarships and fellowships provide $ 20,000 / year (PhD level) and $ 10,000 / year (MSc level) for stipends, tuition fees, travel, and other research-related expenses. The amount of money associated with the fellowship and scholarship is subject to change. This year, at least two fellowships will be awarded. The number of scholarships depends on the number and quality of applications.

Areas of Special Interest

In general, the Foundation will support research advancing Everglades physical, chemical or biological processes, or research in economic impacts of environmental changes. Cross-disciplinary research efforts are of special interest.
The Foundation has identified several specific research areas that are also of special interest:

   1. Impacts of climate change, sea-level rise, and saltwater intrusion on the Everglades.
   2. GIS, remote sensing and geostatistical applications in landscape ecology.
   3. Performance and costs of Best Management Practices in South Florida.
   4. Phosphorus control in the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee watershed.
   5. Temporal and spatial mapping of geochemical properties in the Everglades.
   6. Everglades water quality (contaminant detection, removal processes and modeling).
   7. Ecosystem response to variations in water flow and quality.

The Application Process

Materials to include

The application for the Everglades Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship should contain the following:

  1. Cover letter. 
  2. Proposal describing the research that the scholarship would support (no more than 5,000 words). The proposal is to clearly emphasize the expected contributions to Everglades research and relevance to Everglades restoration.
  3. Proposed budget.
  4. A personal essay of no more than 2 pages on the candidate’s career goals and how the scholarship will support those goals and contributions.
  5. A curriculum vitae, including transcripts.
  6. A letter of reference from the student’s major professor.
  7. At least one, and up to three other academic or professional letter(s) of reference preferably from an investigator(s) currently engaged in Everglades research.
  8. Other relevant or supporting work products or documentation (such as published papers, presentations, awards, etc.) could optionally be included.

The Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by experts to determine the potential contribution of the work to Everglades restoration. Recommendations from leading professors and investigators currently active in Everglades research are important. Other factors include the applicant’s prior research and/or publication record, academic record, the personal essay, and the interdisciplinary nature of the research.

When collaboration is to be developed, the specific work to be done by an Everglades Fellow will be designed with significant participation of a science staff member of the Everglades Foundation (sponsor) who will collaborate with the academic supervisor.

Application Deadlines 

Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2014. Awards will be announced no later than September 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and an award could be made earlier if the application is deemed particularly meritorious. Therefore, early applications are strongly encouraged.

Scholarship and Fellowship Requirements 

After receiving the Everglades Foundation Fellowship / Scholarship, recipients will be expected to update the Everglades Foundation on their academic progress, research results and relevant activities. Recipients may be interviewed occasionally for Everglades Foundation newsletters, and their research will be publicly disseminated.

Everglades fellows and scholars should provide to the Foundation the following deliverables from their individual projects:

  1. A final report (scientific or technical paper) due one month after the termination date of the fellowship at the latest. The report should be in the format of a high quality scientific research paper approved jointly by the faculty supervisor and the Everglades Foundation science sponsor for submission to a scientific journal.
  2. Result presentation at a bi-annual seminar organized by the Everglades Foundation. (The latest results obtained while conducting Everglades-related research).

The Everglades Foundation reserves the right of access to all data or metadata generated by the project. All publications or presentations resulting from this program should acknowledge the contribution of the Everglades Foundation.

Submitting Your Application

Electronic submission is preferred. The package and letters of reference should be emailed to fellowship (at) evergladesfoundation dot org

Printed packages and letters of reference are also accepted. These can be sent to:

Everglades Foundation Fellowship Program
Everglades Foundation
18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 625
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Additional Resources

Download PDF Scholarship Information Sheet (2014)

Download 2012 Selected Applicants
Download 2011 Selected Applicants
Download 2010 Selected Applicants
Download 2009 Selected Applicants
Download 2008 Selected Applicants

Past Recipients

All projects are reviewed for individual scientific merit, and past recipients are not necessarily indicative of future awards.

2012

Juliana Corrales, Florida International University and Everglades Foundation: Protecting Lake Okeechobee through a phosphorus exchange program.

Susan Stoff, Florida International University and Everglades Foundation: Development of a rapid and low-cost electrochemical sensor for phosphate detection.

Jessica Lee, Florida International University: Integration of recreational anglers into fisheries research; using citizen science to expand a mark-recapture study in the coastal Everglades.

Danielle Watts, University of Florida: Hydrologic control on ecosystem metabolism: local processes and landscape dynamics in the Everglades ridge-slough.

2011

Juliana Corrales, Florida International University and Everglades Foundation: Protecting Lake Okeechobee through a phosphorus exchange program.

Lisa Gardner, University of Florida and Florida International University: Biogeochemical effects of saltwater intrusion on Everglades peat.

Sonali Maitra, Florida International University and Everglades Foundation: Nano-biosensor for phosphorus detection in Everglades water systems.

David Gandy, Florida International University: The role of canals as potential dispersal vectors for nonnative fishes into Everglades National Park and factors influencing fish community structure.

Rupesh Bhomia, University of Florida: Accretion and stability of Phosphorus in recently accreted soils (RAS) in the stormwater treatment areas of the Everglades.

James Beerens, Florida Atlantic University: Hierarchical Resource Selection and Movements of Two Wading Bird Species with Divergent Foraging Strategies in the Everglades.

2010

Sylvia Lee, Florida International University: Mapping diatom community patterns along gradients of phosphorus, hydrology, and conductivity across Everglades regions.

Hugo Sindelar, University of Florida: Coupled biological / chemical systems for maximizing phosphorus removal from natural waters.

Sen Chen, Florida International University: The interactions of reduced organic sulfur and mercury in the Everglades.

Yiwei Cheng, Georgia Institute of Technology: How natural and anthropogenic perturbations impact the ridge and slough system of the Everglades.

2009

Gregory Koch, Florida International University: Dynamics of ecosystem metabolism, flocculent detrital source and transport and nutrient spiraling in the pond and creek pattern of estuarine Taylor River.

Shradha Prabhulkar, Florida International University: In-field portable sensing monitor for highly sensitive detection of phosphorus and heavy metals in Everglades water systems.

Jennifer Romanowich, University of Virginia: Effects of submerged aquatic vegetation on fluid retention and sediment dynamics in the Florida Everglades.

Xin Wang, University of Miami: Linking hydroperiod with water use and nutrient accumulation in Everglades tree island habitats.

2008

Melissa Martin, University of Florida: A multi-disciplinary evaluation of the invasion and management of Melaleuca Quinquenervia.

Jay Munyon, Florida International University: Effect of phosphorus on periphyton mat structure and composition using experimental microcosms.

Clifton Ruehl, Florida International University: Trade-offs between nutrient and predator effects along a canal.

Pamela Sullivan, Florida International University: Groundwater-surface water interactions on Satinleaf Tree Islands, Everglades National Park, South Florida.