[Coral-List] Attention PhD students - ISRS/TOC Fellowship deadline 29th February
Peter J Mumby
P.J.Mumby at exeter.ac.uk
Sat Feb 21 13:01:19 EST 2004
DEADLINE - 29 FEBRUARY 2004
International Society for Reef Studies and the Ocean Conservancy
Graduate Fellowship for Coral Reef Research
The 2004 Guidelines are organized by:
Background and Fellowship Goals
Who can apply?
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.
A three page proposal, 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
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
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY as follows:
a) All materials must be sent to Dr. Peter Edmunds at:
peter.edmunds at csun.edu
b) The completed proposal (items 1 - 6 above) must be combined
into a single document and sent as an attachment in either pdf or MS
Word format. Please enter the subject line of your message as your
last name followed by "ISRS/OC Proposal" (e.g., "EDMUNDS-ISRS/OC
c) The letter of support must come directly from the major
professor as an e-mail attachment in either pdf or MS Word format.
Please enter the subject line of the message as the last name of the
applicant followed by "ISRS/OC Support" (e.g., "EDMUNDS-ISRS/OC
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 participants.
EVALUATION CRITERIA INCLUDE: scientific merit, feasibility, support
letter from major professor, host country coordination, and relevancy
to the Fellowship guidelines.
DEADLINE: 29 February 2004
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.
(We hope to announce the results by 31 May 2004)
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