[Coral-List] Membership awards - 2 opportunities for researchers & practitioners

Mascia, Michael Michael.Mascia at WWFUS.ORG
Fri May 18 21:38:42 EDT 2007

The Society for Conservation Biology's Social Science Working Group (SCB
SSWG) is pleased to announce the following two opportunities for
conservation social science researchers and practitioners from less
developed countries.  See below for details, noting that the deadline
for application materials is June 4.  For more information, please
contact Josh Drew, Chair of SSWG Student Affairs Committee
(jdrew at bu.edu).
Please forward as appropriate; apologies for cross-posting.
Thanks very much.

Michael B. Mascia, Ph.D. 
Senior Social Scientist & 
President, SCB Social Science Working Group 
Conservation Science Program 
World Wildlife Fund 
1250 24th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20037 USA


From: sswg-bounces at list.conbio.org [mailto:sswg-bounces at list.conbio.org]
On Behalf Of Joshua Drew
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 3:51 PM
To: sswg at list.conbio.org
Subject: [SSWG] two opportunities for young researchers in social

Opportunity for African Graduate Students and Young Researchers in the
Social Sciences:
The Social Science Working Group (SSWG), with funds provided by the
Christiansen Fund, wishes to develop capacity and increase participation
in the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) from conservation social
scientists studying and working at African universities or NGOs.  Our
goal is to provide a mechanism to identify eight young conservation
social scientists to serve as SSWG Ambassadors within their host
institutions.  These individuals will be actively involved in the
Society and will serve as a link between the SSWG, researchers and
students at their home institutions.

We are searching for eight students or researchers who have graduated
within the past four years.  Applicants will provide a one-page essay in
English, French or Portuguese demonstrating their active involvement in
conservation research or work.  Additionally, they will need to provide
two letters of recommendation and a resume or C.V..  The following
criteria will be used in the selection process:

1)  People who are active in the field, as demonstrated by commitment to
the objectives of SCB and the Social Science Working Group, such as
those performing research or working in conservation; 
2)  Representation from across Africa, so as to reflect the diverse
regions of the continent; 
3)  Probability of sharing the membership benefits with colleagues and
peers; and 
4) Financial need. 
Winning applicants will receive three years of membership in the SCB, as
well as print versions of both Conservation Biology and Conservation
magazine (at $62 per person, per year).  In addition, the SSWG will
provide a one-time $50USD stipend to offset costs incurred by the
applicants in their outreach efforts developing connections between the
SSWG and their home institution.
Winning applicants will need to meet several goals during their
three-year membership.  These include: 

*	Active participation in the SSWG, including posting on the
list-serve and/or volunteering to work with the board; with a special
emphasis on student affairs and membership. 
*	Recruiting at least three people from within their home
institution into the Society. 
*	While not a requirement we would strongly urge the winning
applicants to submit to the SSWG newsletter or the African Telegraph
(African Section newsletter), and if possible perhaps write a
multi-author paper about social science based conservation in Africa.
The SSWG will provide assistance in navigating publication and

Proposals will be due June 4th and winners will be announced at the SSWG
meeting during the 2007 SCB annual meetings. 
Additional opportunities for young professionals in developing
Thanks to the generous support from The Nature Conservancy, the SSWG is
proud to offer 50 two-year SCB memberships to graduate students or
professionals who have graduated less than three years ago.  Applicants
will be required to submit a C.V. and a personal statement, but do not
need to submit letters of recommendation.  This award is open to all
applicants from any developing country, and not necessarily from Africa.
Successful applicants will receive free on-line access to Conservation
Biology and Conservation magazine.

Please send applications for both to Joshua Drew (jdrew at bu.edu
<mailto:jdrew at bu.edu> ) and clearly specify which opportunity you are
applying for

Joshua Drew
Boston University Marine Program
7 MBL St. Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-7750

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