The ForEverglades scholarships are open to full-time graduate research students from all universities pursuing degrees in earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering, geography, planning and resources management, and economics. Cross-disciplinary research efforts are of special interest. Graduate students from any academic institution are welcome to apply for the ForEverglades Scholarship.
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 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 Greater 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 Greater Everglades.
6. Greater 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 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 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.
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 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.
Elizabeth Kelly, University of Miami: Impact of nutrient sources and fluctuations in the Everglades on bacterial water quality at downstream recreational beaches.
Kelley Erickson, University of Miami: Spatial variation in demography and dispersal of the invasive plant species Brazilian Pepper in the greater Everglades ecosystem.
Mustafa Sikder, Florida International University: Analyzing spatial variability of social preference for Everglades restoration.
Christine Harvey, University of Miami: Forecasting affect of Everglades restoration on distribution of tarpon.
Adia Sovie, University of Florida: Factors determining the distribution, life history, and long-term survival of marsh rabbits in South Florida.
Ross Boucek, Florida International University: Hydrologic flow effects on snook spawning and survival in Everglades National Park.
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.
Rupesh Bhomia, University of Florida: Accretion and stability of Phosphorus in recently accreted soils (RAS) in the stormwater treatment areas of the Everglades.
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.
James Beerens, Florida Atlantic University: Hierarchical Resource Selection and Movements of Two Wading Bird Species with Divergent Foraging Strategies in the Everglades.
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.
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.
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.