[Coral-List] Announcement: ISRS 2005 fellowships

Robert van Woesik rvw at fit.edu
Thu Nov 11 10:42:21 EST 2004





International Society for Reef Studies and the Ocean Conservancy 

Graduate Fellowship for Coral Reef Research


The 2005 Guidelines are organized by:


Background and Fellowship Goals 

Who can apply? 

Application materials 


Background and Fellowship Goals 


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 up to US$10,000 per award
are available to support up to four Ph.D. students 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. Projects that
focus on factors that control productivity, nutrient dynamics, carbonate
accretion or erosion, fisheries, or the effects of exploitation of coral
reef resources are examples of suitable topics. Projects that address
such issues within the context of marine reserves are especially
suitable for Fellowship support. Projects are not limited to these
topics, but research should increase understanding of reef function that
is relevant to management at local, regional, or global scales.  As a
condition of the Fellowship, recipients are required to prepare an
article describing their use of the funding, together with an outline of
the findings, for the ISRS newsletter Reef Encounter.  


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 Ph.D. 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. The student can work
entirely at the host university, or can split time between developed and
developing country universities.


Application materials


A three page proposal as a pdf document, using 12 font or larger, double
spaced, in English, is required from prospective fellowship candidates:
proposals that do not meet these criteria may be returned. The proposal
should include the following sections:


1.         Overview: The overview starts with the Proposal Title, Author
Name, Author Address, Major Professor Name, Major Professor's Address
(if different than the Author's), and total amount in the budget
request. The overview places the proposed research in context with
existing literature and local needs.   


2.         Methods: The methods section includes hypotheses, methods,
and experimental design - including details about how data will be


3.         Results: The results section discusses how the work is
relevant to host country management and science issues. This section
also includes evidence of host country coordination (e.g.,
identification of individuals or programs that will benefit from your


The following three sections are required but do not count against the
three page limit:


4.         Detailed Budget: The budget must not exceed $10,000.
Evidence of cost sharing is desirable but not essential for the
application.  Cost sharing might include, for example, additional
funding, accommodation, the loan of equipment, or access to analytical


5.         Literature Cited: Use a bibliographic format that includes
full titles in the citations.


6.         Applicant CV: 2 pages maximum


Letter of support: The student's major professor must submit a support
letter for the project based on their knowledge of the project, and
familiarity with the student's background and abilities. If work will be
conducted at a second university, a support letter is required from the
sponsoring professor .


Submitting your application




a)         All materials must be sent to Dr. Robert van Woesik at:


rvw at fit.edu


b)         The completed proposal (items 1 - 6 above) must be combined
into a single document and sent as an attachment in pdf format.  Please
enter the subject line of your message as your last name followed by
"ISRS/OC Proposal" (e.g., "VAN WOESIK-ISRS/OC Proposal")


c)         The letter of support must come directly from the major
professor as an e-mail attachment (pdf format). Please enter the subject
line of the message as the last name of the applicant followed by
"ISRS/OC Support" (e.g., "VAN WOESIK-ISRS/OC Support"). 


Applications will be considered complete only after all the supporting
letter(s) has/have arrived.  You will receive a confirmation by e-mail
when your application is complete. You should ensure that your sponsors
are aware of the deadline, and can get their letters submitted in a
timely manner.  Only completed electronic applications will be reviewed,
and this will be accomplished by a panel with ISRS and Ocean Conservancy


EVALUATION CRITERIA INCLUDE: scientific merit, feasibility, support
letter from major professor, host country coordination, and relevancy to
the Fellowship guidelines. 


DEADLINE: 28 February 2005


Administration of the Fellowship


The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and the Ocean
Conservancy (OC) 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 OC is committed to protecting ocean environments
and conserving the global abundance and diversity of marine life.
Through science-based advocacy, research, and public education, OC
promotes informed citizen participation to reverse the degradation of
our oceans.


Dr. Robert van Woesik 
Associate Professor 
Department of Biological Sciences 
Florida Institute of Technology 
150 West University Boulevard 
Florida 32901-6988 

Email:  <mailto:rvw at fit.edu> rvw at fit.edu 

 <http://www.fit.edu/~rvw/> http://www.fit.edu/~rvw/

Phone 321 674 7475 


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