FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholarship
The FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades scholarships are open to full-time graduate research students from Florida Atlantic University pursuing degrees in sciences and engineering. The scholarship will be available for FAU graduate students that have a Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) research faculty advisor (chair of the student’s thesis or dissertation committee). FAU graduate students that have a HBOI research faculty member that is a committee member on their thesis and dissertation would be eligible if the research ties into HBOI and Everglades Foundation research. Applications from FAU graduate students not linked to HBOI will be examined on a case by case basis.
FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades scholarships provide up to $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 scholarship is subject to change. The number of scholarships depends on the number and quality of applications. The duration of this scholarship is set for 12 months.
Areas of Special Interest
In general, the Everglades Foundation and FAU HBOI will support research related to Everglades restoration aimed at advancing our knowledge on Everglades physical, chemical or biological processes, or economic impacts of environmental changes. The Foundation and HBOI has identified several specific research areas that are also of special interest:
- Impacts of climate change, sea-level rise, and saltwater intrusion on the Greater Everglades.
- Greater Everglades water quality (contaminant detection, removal processes and modeling).
- Greater Everglades ecosystem response to variations in water flow and quality.
- Conservation and restoration of Greater Everglades ecosystems.
- Tool development for long-term Everglades ecosystem monitoring.
- Understanding invasive species and their effects on Greater Everglades ecosystems.
The Application Process
Materials to include
The application for the FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholarship should contain the following:
- Cover letter.
- 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.
- Proposed budget.
- 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.
- A curriculum vitae, including transcripts.
- A letter of reference from the student’s major professor.
- 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.
- 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 a committee composed of representatives of FAU HBOI, other FAU units, as well as representatives from the Everglades Foundation 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.
Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2016. Awards will be announced no later than September 30, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.
After receiving the Everglades Foundation FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholarship, recipients will be expected to update the Everglades Foundation and FAU HBOI every 6 months on their academic progress, research results and relevant activities. Recipients may be interviewed occasionally for Everglades Foundation and FAU newsletters, and their research will be publicly disseminated.
Everglades scholars should provide to the Foundation and FAU the following deliverables from their individual projects:
- A final report (scientific or technical paper) due 14 months after the scholarship has been awarded at the latest. The report should be in the format of a high quality scientific research paper approved by the faculty supervisor.
- Result presentation at a bi-annual seminar organized by the Everglades Foundation. (The latest results obtained while conducting Everglades-related research).
The Everglades Foundation and FAU reserve 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 and FAU.
Submitting Your Application
Completed applications 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
18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 625
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157