FIU ForEverglades Scholarship
The FIU ForEverglades scholarships are open to full-time graduate research students from Florida International University (FIU) pursuing degrees in sciences and engineering. Cross-disciplinary research efforts are of special interest. Only graduate students from FIU are welcome to apply for the FIU ForEverglades Scholarship. The scholarships will be awarded to full-time graduate students enrolled in or accepted for admission to FIU who are pursuing Everglades restoration-related research in the School of Environment, Arts and Society in the College of Arts & Sciences.
FIU 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 the FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society 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 APPLICATION PROCESS
Materials to include
The application for the FIU ForEverglades Scholarship 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 a committee composed of representatives of FIU, as well as representatives from the Everglades Foundation to determine the research impact and 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, 2017. Awards will be announced no later than September 30, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.
After receiving the Everglades Foundation FIU ForEverglades Scholarship, recipients will be expected to update the Everglades Foundation every 6 months 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 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 scholarship at the latest. The report should be in the format of a high quality scientific research paper approved by the faculty supervisor.
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
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
All projects are reviewed for individual scientific merit, and past recipients are not necessarily indicative of future awards.
Viviana Mazzei, Florida International University: Tracking ecotone migration in response to changing water sources in the Florida Everglades using periphyton communities.
Bradley Strickland, Florida International University: Impact of physical and chemical engineering by American alligators on Everglades marsh community structure and ecosystem function.
Sean Charles, Florida International University: Vegetation regime shifts, soil carbon storage and resilience in Everglades coastal wetlands.