Fellowships, Internships and Awards

Awards and Announcements

SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program - Accepting applications

The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) announces the availability of undergraduate student awards for travel to attend our SWS annual meeting in Corpus Christi, TX May 31 – June 4, 2016. For more information, click here. Application deadline is November 6, 2015.

Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Rachael Carson Award Nominations Now Accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 SETAC Rachael Carson Award. This prestigious award is only given every four years. The application deadline has been extended to August 28 and the award will be presented during the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in 2016.  For more information, click here.



Postdoctoral Fellowships at SESYNC, MD

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships. SESYNC is currently accepting proposals under three calls:

  • Socio-Environmental Immersion Postdocs (pre-screening applications due October 26, 2015)
  • SESYNC–LTER Postdocs (pre-screening applications due October 26, 2015) and
  • Natural Resource, Environmental & Ecological Economics Postdocs (applications are due December 1, 2015).

 For more information, click here.

Residential Research Fellowship at Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is pleased to offer a summer research fellowship of $10,000 plus residency (beginning in May and ending in September) and station fees for Ph.D. level researchers in any science discipline that can benefit from research station experience. The Fellow will conduct on-site independent research, act as the primary mentor for undergraduate students participating in the Preserve's Odum Internship in Field Ecology (mid-June through mid-August), and lead the Preserve’s Thursday Lecture Series. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in one of the Preserve’s many public outreach programs to share their research with the greater community. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research activities at the Preserve. Ph.D. level researchers at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. For more information, click here. Apply by November 2, 2015.

EPA - Supported NRC Post-doc Opportunity - Floodplain Restoration, Expansion, and Infrastructure Effects on Ground and Surface Water Quality

A Postdoctoral Opportunity (22.03.05.B8222) is available for research on the effects of restoration and infrastructure on the biogeochemistry of floodplain surface and ground water systems. The Associate will work with Principle Investigator Dr. Ken Forshay of US EPA, Office of Research and Development, at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, OK. For more information go here or here. Application deadline - November 1, 2015.

Doctoral Fellowships, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Program, University of Louisiana Lafayette

The Department of Biology will be awarding University of Louisiana Fellowships and Louisiana Board of Regents Fellowships to Ph.D. students entering Fall 2016.  UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years and have no formal teaching duties.  Stipends are up to $30,000 per year (with tuition waiver). Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution.  We will also have teaching and research assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Their contact information and research interests can be found at the departmental website and its link to our graduate programs. The Department of Biology has approximately 80 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics.

Post-doctoral Fellowship - Statistical Relationships of Fish Contaminants through Time & Space

Applications for a post-doctoral research position working on a collaborative project between the University of Toronto (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).  Research will focus on fish contaminants in two designated Canadian “Areas of Concern” (AOC) in the Great Lakes. For more information, click here. Applications will be considered beginning October 9th, 2015 with qualified individuals being contacted for interviews by October 30th, 2015. 

Openings for Fellows in Postdoctoral Program in Natural Resources and the Environment Resources for the Future

Resources for the Future (RFF) located in Washington, DC currently has the following openings for several postdoctoral researchers.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Energy Efficiency
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Uncertainty Quantification for the Carbon Cycle and Policy Implications
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Resilience in Coastal Communities to Repeated Hurricanes
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Forest Carbon Tracking
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Ecosystem Service Valuation and Conservation
  • Energy Sector Quantitative Modeling and Policy Analysis Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Energy and water modeling of Arizona and the Southwest

For more information, click here.

Postdoc Fellow: NatureNet Science Fellows

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellows program, a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 31, 2015.

Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Santa Fe Institute's Omidyar Fellowship. This highly selective interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship offers talented early-career scientists an extraordinary level of freedom and autonomy, a competitive salary, discretionary research and travel funds, professional development, and an opportunity to collaborate with some of the leading minds in science. For more information, click here. Accepting Applications from August 10-November 1, 2015.

The Dr. Fritz L. Knopf Doctoral Fellowship in Avian Conservation at Oklahoma State University

A PhD fellowship in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University is available as part of the Dr. Fritz L. Knopf Doctoral Fellowship Program in Avian Conservation. This position will focus on large-scale conservation issues for bird populations and communities in the Great Plains region. The PhD Fellow will bring together diverse existing data sets to answer conservation-relevant questions related to factors that operate at landscape, regional, and/or national scales (e.g., land use practices, climate change, energy development, disturbance regimes) and that inform development and implementation of a multi-stakeholder, landscape-level conservation cooperative that achieves conservation objectives at broad scales. For more information, click here. Apply by September 30, 2015. Deadline has been extended to October 23, 2015.

Clean Water Fellow, Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.

Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. seeks a Clean Water Fellowship for a temporary position of up to two years and is designed to provide applied experience in environmental education to a candidate with an undergraduate degree who is planning to pursue graduate studies in environmental education, natural resources conservation or a similar field. For more information, click here.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduate assistantship in phytoplankton ecology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Stauffer Lab in the Department of Biology at UL Lafayette is seeking highly motivated applicants for a Ph.D. graduate assistantship to begin
in Spring (preferred), Summer, or Fall 2016. The student will primarily develop a project focusing on abiotic and biotic controls of phytoplankton communities in the coastal bays of southern Louisiana using a combination of field- and lab-based approaches. The assistantship comes with two years of stipend support, tuition waiver, small research budget, and some travel support. Following years will be supported through research and/or teaching assistantships. For more information, click here.

PhD and MS Positions in Aquatic Community Ecology available for Fall 2016 - Texas A&M Univ.

Graduate positions (PhD and MS) positions in the field of aquatic community ecology are available in the lab of Dr. Christopher Patrick in the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). For more information, click here.

Two Ph.D. assistantships in freshwater ecology at Virginia Tech

The Carey Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech has funding for two Ph.D. graduate student positions to start in Summer 2016. They are looking for enthusiastic and highly self-motivated students at the Ph.D. level interested in studying freshwater lakes and
reservoirs. For more information, click here.

EPA ORISE  Internship/Research Participation - Technology Transfer - State & Tribal Wetland Program Development Research Participation Program

A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water in Washington, DC. The internship will be served with the Wetlands Division in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. The intern will be gain knowledge from the Enhancing State and Tribal Wetland Program (ESTP) team on technology transfer; communication; public outreach; and website/social media development. For more information, click here. Project No. EPA Water 2015-365.

Graduate assistantship in phytoplankton ecology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Stauffer Lab in the Department of Biology at UL Lafayette is seeking highly motivated applicants for a Ph.D. graduate assistantship to begin in Spring (preferred), Summer, or Fall 2016. The student will primarily develop a project focusing on abiotic and biotic controls of phytoplankton communities in the coastal bays of southern Louisiana using a combination of field- and lab-based approaches. The assistantship comes with two years of stipend support, tuition waiver, small research budget, and some travel support. Following years will be supported through research and/or teaching assistantships.

Qualifications: A Masters degree in a related field is preferred, but well-qualified recent undergraduates will also be considered. Experience in marine science, and/or phytoplankton ecology is preferred. The position will require both laboratory experiments and field work.

The UL Lafayette campus is located in the heart of Acadiana - a rich cultural area known for its excellent food, music, festivals and quality of life. The Biology Department consists of approximately 30 faculty members, over 70 students currently pursuing graduate degrees, and several postdoctoral research associates. We are actively engaged in research and education as part of one of the largest biology programs located on the Gulf Coast.

To be considered for the graduate assistantship, please email Dr. Beth Stauffer () a single pdf containing your CV and a cover letter with your research interests and experience, a brief summary of accomplishments (educational background, GPA, GRE scores), and contact information for three professional references. Materials should be received by 2 October. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly by Dr. Stauffer and encouraged to submit a full application to the graduate program.

Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology at Florida International University

One PhD graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2016. These positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach.  

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades.  The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology.  The FCE LTER student organization, based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.  

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match existing research assistantship support. Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships.  The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2016, but early submission (December 2015) is highly encouraged.  

Sea-Level Rise and Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Ecosystems:  The candidate’s research interests should include global environmental change, wetlands, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology, especially biogeochemistry and organic matter processing. The student will be expected to develop research related to understanding how sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion affect net carbon storage in freshwater and brackish wetlands through altered nutrient subsidies and salinity stresses to soil microbial and wetland plant communities.  Interested applicants should contact Dr. John Kominoski () and visit his lab website before applying.  

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting peat collapse and carbon loss in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion.

Ph. D. and M. S. positions available in Community Ecology, University of Connecticut, Fall 2016

The Bagchi lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut invites applications from motivated and independent Ph. D. and M. S. students to start in the Fall of 2016. For more information, click here.

Graduate Student Opportunity in soil microbial modeling

A M.S. or Ph.D. Fellowship is available starting in Spring or Fall of 2016 at the Lab of Climate Change and Soil Biogeochemistry. Research topics may include soil decay modeling, abiotic and microbial interactions and feedbacks, integration of long-term datasets with soil models and data assimilation. Applicants need to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident for this Fellowship. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or M.S. degree (for PhD position) in ecology, soil science, environmental science or a closely related field. Strong desire to work with large datasets and quantitative modeling are expected. The GRA is expected to build strong collaborations with research scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, and contact information for two professional references as a single PDF file to . Transcripts and GRE scores are required though unofficial copies are accepted for review purpose. Review of applicants will begin immediately and the earliest start date is in January 2016. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Jianwei Li (), Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee 37209.

Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university. TSU has rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. The city of Nashville is a so called “capital for the music”, and along with one of the most vibrant music scenes in America, Nashville is home to a busy arts scene.

Ecosystem Effects of Forest Invaders, Syracuse University

The Plant and Ecosystem Ecology Group is seeking a PhD or MS student to participate in a project investigating the ecosystem effects of forest invaders. The objective of the project is to understand forest carbon and nutrient cycling in the context of invasive plant physiology and behavior, with considerable scope for independent research. Students with interests or experience in plant-soil relations, plant functional ecology, or biogeochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will join a diverse plant ecology and evolution group at Syracuse University and a larger ecological community that includes SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Prospective students should contact Doug Frank () or Jason Fridley () and include a CV and statement of interest. More information about the Frank and Fridley Labs is at franklab.syr.edu and plantecology.syr.edu/fridley. Applications to the SU Biology program are due by Dec 31.

Master’s Student Opportunity – Microbial Ecology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan seeks one Master’s student to conduct research exploring microbial communities in the atmosphere. The main goals of this research are to examine how urban/rural land use, ecosystem type and atmospheric altitude influence airborne microbial communities. Research will involve inter-disciplinary collaborations with faculty and students in WMU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Funding for this project provides full summer support in 2016 and 2017 and teaching/research assistant support during academic years. Extensive travel and field work in various locations throughout the United States will be required in summer 2016 and spring 2017.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a B.S. degree in biology, environmental science, ecology, microbiology, or a closely related field, and previous research experience prior to start of the position.  The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent organizational and writing skills. The research project will require coordination with land managers at various research sites throughout the country and will require the student to work independently and with inter-disciplinary team members.  A valid driver’s license and passport are required.

Desired Experience: The project will require expertise in DNA extraction, use of bioinformatics pipelines to analyze microbial sequence data and use of multivariate statistics.  While not required, experience in these research areas is beneficial. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is also desirable.

Start Date: Preferably May 1, 2016.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, including statement of goals and research interests, a resume or curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to the email below.  Electronic versions of all materials are required. Please attach all materials as a single PDF file. Review of potential applicants will begin immediately and a short- list of candidates will be encouraged to apply to WMU’s graduate program for the February 2016 deadline.

For more information concerning this position, please contact Dr. Kathryn Docherty ()

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The U.S. Department of Energy is pleased to announce the Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is now accepting applications for the new Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program for 2015. For more information, click here. Apply here by December 15, 2015.

Watershed and Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology – University of New Hampshire

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Ocean and Space at the University of New Hampshire seek a highly motivated graduate student (Masters or PhD level) to conduct research on how various human activities impact water quality and how aquatic ecosystems help maintain water quality. They seek individuals interested in understanding: 1) how watersheds influence coastal estuaries, 2) the variability of water quality in streams and rivers over space and time, 3) controls of water quality during storm fluxes using novel in situ aquatic nutrient sensors, 4) biogeochemical dynamics influencing water quality. Must be self-motivated, curious, quantitatively oriented, and a good writer.

Qualifications: The candidate must have at least a B.S. (M.S. if entering the PhD program) in environmental science, ecology, aquatic science, hydrology, geography or closely related field.  The preferred candidate will have experience with GIS and a strong quantitative background.

Start Date:  Preferably January 2016, but start date is negotiable.

To Apply:  Send a letter of interest including statement of goals and research interests; a resume or curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references (electronic versions of all materials are required) to the e-mail below.  Please attach all materials as word documents or PDFs with the candidates name included in the file name. Review of potential applicants will begin immediately and prospective candidates encouraged to apply to the appropriate UNH graduate programs (for a Masters of Science); for a PhD.

For more information concerning this position, please contact Dr. Wilfred Wollheim; ; Subject: Water_GradOpportunity.  The Wollheim lab is part of the Water Systems Analysis Group, and includes a dynamic group of students, post docs, and research scientists. 

The University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, New Hampshire, thrives in a diverse, dynamic, and beautiful part of New England. Durham, only an hour from Boston, is also conveniently close to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains and pristine Lakes Region.

M.S. Position in Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi

A graduate position at the MS level are available in the Department of Coastal Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, supported by the NAS Gulf Research Program. The new graduate student is expected to start in spring semester of 2016, and will conduct research on evaluating ecosystem services under conflicting decisions in ecosystem restoration and economic development in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. Applicants should have a BS in ecology, statistics, or a closely related field. Experiences in Bayesian statistics, modeling, GIS/Remote Sensing are desirable. 

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experiences and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Wei Wu (), Associate Professor, Department of Coastal Sciences, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.