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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Smith Fellows 2014 Call for Proposals Announced

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships enable outstanding early-career scientists to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern for the United States.

Each Fellow is mentored by both an academic sponsor who encourages the Fellow’s continued development as a conservation scientist, and a conservation practitioner who helps to connect the Fellow and her/his research to practical conservation challenges. Fellows may be administratively based at either by their sponsoring academic institution or conservation organization, typically the location of either their academic or practitioner mentor.

Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending orientation and training events. These offerings provide opportunities to cultivate professional networks and to gain better understanding of applied research needs. Fellows will participate as a group in three or more of these Program-sponsored meetings, conferences, or professional development events each year.

The Program especially encourages individuals who want to better link conservation science and theory with pressing policy and management applications to apply. We envision that the cadre of scientists supported by the Smith Fellows Program eventually will assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership and strength of proposal.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is 20 September 2013.  The Program expects to select four Fellows in January 2014 for appointments to start between March and September 2014. Fellowship awards include an annual salary of $50,000, benefits, and generous travel and research budgets.  For detailed proposal guidelines, click here.  Questions may be directed to Shonda Foster, Program Coordinator, by emailing


Shonda Gilliland Foster, Program Coordinator |

 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship
 Society for Conservation Biology  
 1017 O Street, NW  

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