Graduate Fellowship: Funding for coral reef research

Steven Miller smiller at
Wed Aug 20 16:11:26 EDT 1997

International Society for Reef Studies
Graduate Fellowship for Coral Reef Research Research Studies:

1998 Announcement


	Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, they
are globally distributed, and they support various aspects of coastal
economies.  Yet coral reefs are widely recognized to be in decline and
studies are needed to provide information to manage and understand
processes that cause coral reef change.  Funds are available,
approximately US$13,500, to support one student to work toward a Ph.D.
in the general area of coral reef ecosystem research.  The focus of the
Fellowship is to understand and predict coral reef response to
management or disturbance-caused change (human-caused or natural). 
Research supported by the fellowship should emphasize an ecosystem
approach, recognizing the complex interplay among many processes that
shape the way coral reefs look and function.  Work that identifies
controls on productivity, biodiversity, abundance, biotic interactions,
nutrient dynamics, carbonate accretion or erosion, fisheries
recruitment, or utilization of other coral reef resources are examples
of suitable topics.  Work is not restricted to these topics, but
controls should be emphasized because this information is important in
construction of models that predict reef response to disturbance. 
Studies that include development or testing of such models are a

Who can apply?

	The Fellowship is available to students, worldwide, who are already
admitted to a graduate program at an accredited university.  The intent
of the fellowship is to help students develop skills and to address
problems related to relevant applications of coral reef ecosystem
research and management.  The fellowship can be used to support salary,
travel, fieldwork, or laboratory analyses. Renewal of the fellowship is
possible, but is based on annual resubmission.  The student can work
entirely at the host university, or can split time between developed and
developing country universities.  Priority in 1998 will be given to a
student based at a university located in a less developed country with
significant coral reef resources.

Application materials

	A four page proposal, double spaced, in English, is required from
prospective fellowship candidates that outlines the research program,
emphasizing the mix of applied and basic issues addressed in the
program.  The proposal should include an overview, methods, expected
results, and a budget; it is important that proposals follow this format
exactly.  Eight copies of the proposal must be provided.  The student’s
major professor is required to submit a CV (maximum length 3 pages) and
a support letter, in English, that details cost sharing and facility
support.  If work will be conducted at a second university, a support
letter is required from the sponsoring  professor.  Application
materials will be reviewed by an ISRS/CMC panel; evaluation criteria
include scientific merit, feasibility, cost sharing, and relevancy to
the Fellowship guidelines.


Submit proposals to the ISRS Recording Secretary, UNC-Wilmington, 515
Caribbean Drive, Key Largo, Florida 33037.   For additional information
contact SMiller at


Information about ISRS and CMS

The Society (ISRS) and the Center (CMC) support the Fellowship through
professional and administrative contributions.  The mission of the ISRS
is to promote for the benefit of the public, the production and
dissemination of scientific knowledge and understanding concerning coral
reefs, both living and fossil.  The mission of the CMC is to protect
ocean environments and conserve the abundance and diversity of marine
life.  Its programs focus on eliminating four major threats to the
health of the marine environment: pollution, physical alteration of
marine ecosystems as a result of human activity, overexploitation of
marine resources, and loss of marine biodiversity.

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