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