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Summer Graduate Fellowships

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The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Summer Graduate Fellowships for 2021 to study at our world-class field station in northern Wisconsin/Michigan (UNDERC-East; up to 8 fellowships) or at our facilities in western Montana (UNDERC-West; up to 2 fellowships). These fellowships are available on a competitive basis to graduate students interested in any area of the environmental sciences (e.g., ecology, environmental genomics, ecological modeling, disease ecology, environmental chemistry, anthropology, environmental engineering, hydrology, geoscience, sustainability, etc.).

Award Components: Fellowships will provide up to $8750 for the summer ($7750 for 3-month stipend from May 15 through Aug. 15, and up to $1000 for research expenses). In addition, summer housing at the field station for the same period will be provided free of charge along with suitable laboratory space and access to on-property field vehicles. Fellowships are renewable annually for up to 3 years for multi-year research projects displaying suitable progress.

Advising Requirement: UNDERC Summer Graduate Fellows are required to advise the independent research of at least two undergraduates enrolled in the UNDERC summer course (Practicum in Field Environmental Biology), which can be related to the research of the graduate fellow. Projects will be developed during the spring semester.

How To Apply: Candidates should apply to by Monday, March 1, 2021 with:

  •  A brief cover letter describing your general interest in an UNDERC Graduate Fellowship.
  •  A 2-page single-spaced scholarly proposal following the general guidelines of the NSF GRFP program. (We only request the proposal and not the personal statement required by the GRFP.)
  •  A 1-page single-spaced document describing potential undergraduate projects for advisees.
  •  A brief letter from your advisor confirming their support for your proposed UNDERC work.
  •  A curriculum vitae detailing your background, experience, and accomplishments.

 Awards will be announced by Friday, March 12, 2021.

Additional Aspects of the Fellowship:

Applicants for the UNDERC fellowships are encouraged to clearly indicate how UNDERC resources (field sites, laboratories, data bases, NEON, etc.) will be used in the proposed research, as priority will be given to applicants who use the property for some or all of their scholarship, but modeling, data analysis, and writing projects are also appropriate activities for Fellows.

 An accounting of research expenditures and a 1-page progress report will be due to by December 31, 2021. Residual funds will not carry over between years.

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