ForEverglades Fellowship

 

Eligibility

The ForEverglades fellowships are open to full-time graduate research students pursuing degrees in sciences, engineering, and economics. Cross-disciplinary research efforts are of special interest. The Everglades Foundation ForEverglades Fellowship program will only support 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. Past recipients of this fellowship are welcome to apply.

Awards

Fellowships 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 fellowship is subject to change. The number of fellowships depends on the number and quality of applications. The duration of this fellowship is set for 12 months.

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.
8. Quantification of ecosystem services and economic benefits of Everglades restoration.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Materials to include

The application for the Everglades Foundation ForEverglades 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.
Please keep in mind that 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 31, 2017. Awards will be announced no later than September 30, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Fellowship Requirements

After receiving the Everglades Foundation Fellowship, recipients will be expected to regularly 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 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

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

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Download PDF ForEverglades Fellowship Information Sheet (2017)

Past Recipients

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

2016

Sayena Faridmarandi, Texas A&M University: Assessment of Environmental and Management Factors impacting the phosphorus loadings on the Everglades Agricultural Area.

Mehenur Sarwar, Florida International University: Paper based disposable nanobiosensors for trace analysis of phosphate and organophosphate.

2015

Sayena FaridMarandi, Texas A&M: Development of an accounting mechanism for tracking environmental performance across an agricultural basin.

Mehenur Sarwar, Florida International University: Paper based disposable nanobiosensors for trace analysis of phosphate and organophosphate.

2014

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

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.

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.