[Coral-List] Fellowship Announcement for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research

Andrew Baird andrew.baird at jcu.edu.au
Thu Jun 11 18:02:39 EDT 2009

Fellowship Announcement for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research
>                 ISRS Fellowships (2009)
>      International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS)
>  Graduate Fellowship for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research
>   The International for Reef Studies (ISRS) is pleased
>   to announce funding to support up to two Graduate
>   Fellowships for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research in
>   2009. The ISRS Fellowships will provide up to
>   US$6,000 to be used for salary, travel, fieldwork,
>   or laboratory analyses, which contribute directly to
>   the recipients’ PhD research. Applications are due
>   Friday, July 10th.
>1) Background and Fellowship Goals
>   Coral reef ecosystems around the world continue to
>   be threatened by direct anthropogenic stresses and
>   climate change.  Scientists and reef managers are
>   increasingly working together to develop sound
>   management strategies that are based on rigorous
>   science. There remain however, many unanswered
>   questions about reef disturbances and reef
>   resilience, climate change and adaptation, reef
>   connectivity, marine protected areas, fishery
>   impacts, and effective management practices. Many
>   coral reefs are in poor condition, yet we do not
>   fully understand the threats that are undermining
>   their integrity or their interactions. What
>   processes and mechanisms are causing differential
>   mortality and how are some species still able to
>   survive and indeed be successful in times of stress.
>   Studies are needed that will combine management with
>   process-level information. Research supported by the
>   2009 ISRS Fellowships should increase our
>   understanding of processes on coral reefs that are
>   relevant to management at local, regional, or global
>   scales. 
>   Conditions
>   A condition of each ISRS Fellowship is that
>   recipients will report back to the ISRS on their
>   research progress, outline their findings, and also
>   publicize the research outcomes with appropriate
>   acknowledgment for the support provided by ISRS.
>   Reports are to be submitted to the recording
>   secretary (Dr Morgan Pratchett:
>   morgan.pratchett at jcu.edu.au) as requested and within
>   12 months of receipt of the award.
>                      Who can apply?
>   The Fellowship is available to students worldwide,
>   who are already admitted to a doctoral program at an
>   accredited university. The intent of the fellowship
>   is to help Ph.D. students develop skills and 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.
>                  Application materials
>   A five page proposal as a pdf document, using
>   12-point font, double-spaced, in English, is
>   required from prospective fellowship candidates:
>   proposals that do not meet these criteria may not be
>   considered. The proposal should include the
>   following sections:
>   1.         Applicant’s details: The first page of
>   the application should provide the Proposal Title,
>   Author’s Name, Author’s Address, Major
>   Professor’s Name, Major Professor's Address (if
>   different than the Author's), and total amount
>   requested.
>   2.         Overview: The overview places the
>   proposed research in context. We are looking for a
>   clearly stated rationale, research objectives, a
>   clear question that is driving the research, and the
>   relevance of the study within the context of the
>   literature.
>   3.         Methods: The methods section includes
>   hypotheses, methods, and experimental design,
>   including details on field or laboratory techniques
>   and how data will be analyzed.
>   4.         Relevance & implications of research:
>   This section will briefly outline expected outcomes,
>   how the work is relevant to host country management
>   and science issues and the implications of the
>   research within a broader context. This section also
>   includes evidence of host country coordination
>   (e.g., identification of individuals or programs
>   that will benefit from your results). Please also
>   advise how the research outcomes are to be
>   publicized.
>   The following three sections are also required but
>   do not count against the five page limit:
>   5.         Detailed Budget: The budget must not
>   exceed $6,000. Evidence of cost-sharing is desirable
>   for the application. Cost sharing might include, for
>   example, additional funding, accommodation, the loan
>   of equipment, or access to analytical facilities.
>   Please outline all current sources of funding to be
>   used to support the proposed project.
>   6.         Literature Cited: Use the bibliographic
>   format for the Society’s journal, Coral Reefs.
>   7.         Applicant CV: 2 pages maximum, outlining
>   publications, existing and previous funding, as well
>   as relevant research experience.
>   Letter of support: The student's major professor
>   must submit a support letter for the project based
>   on his/her knowledge of the project, and familiarity
>   with the student's background and abilities. If work
>   will be conducted at another university, a support
>   letter is required from the sponsoring Professor.
>               Submitting your application
>   ELECTRONICALLY as follows:
>   a)         All materials must be sent to Dr. Morgan
>   Pratchett at: morgan.pratchett at jcu.edu.au
>   b)         The completed proposal (items 1 – 7
>   above) must be combined into a single document and
>   emailed as an attachment in pdf format.  Please
>   enter the subject line and your pdf file as in the
>   following example: Smith proposal_ISRS09.pdf
>   c)         The letter of support must come directly
>   from the major professor as an e-mail attachment
>   (pdf format). Please enter the subject line and pdf
>   as: Smith support_ISRS09.pdf
>   Applications will be considered complete only when
>   both the application and supporting letter have been
>   received.  You should ensure that your professors
>   are aware of the deadline, and can get their letters
>   submitted in a timely manner.  Only completed
>   electronic applications will be reviewed by the ISRS
>   review panel.
>   EVALUATION CRITERIA INCLUDE: scientific merit,
>   feasibility, support letter from major professor,
>   and relevance to the Fellowship guidelines and ISRS
>   objectives.
>   DEADLINE – All applications must be received by
>   July 10th 2009, with awards to be announced in
>   August 2009.
>   ISRS Mission Statement
>   The mission of the International Society for Reef
>   Studies (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.

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