Internship/ Fellowship Opportunities

Smith Fellows 2020 Call for Proposals

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships provide support for outstanding early-career scientists who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management, improving and expanding their research skills while directing their efforts towards conservation problems of pressing concern for the United States.

Each Fellow proposes a team of at least two mentors: 1. an academic mentor who encourages the Fellow’s continued development as a conservation scientist and 2. a conservation practitioner who connects the Fellow and their research to practical applications. Fellows may be administratively based at either an academic institution or conservation organization, typically the location of either the academic or practitioner mentor. We encourage applicants to explore both options and consider being based at the non-academic institution as that is the world less familiar to most early-career scientists and can provide valuable experience.

Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending Program-sponsored professional development retreats. These retreats provide opportunities to cultivate skills typically not covered during their academic education including: leadership, communications, professional and funder networks, and to gain better understanding of policy-making and the application of research.

The Smith Fellows Program and its administrative host, the Society for Conservation Biology, are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply. We envision that the cadre of scientists supported by the Smith Fellows Program will eventually assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership and strength of proposal.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is 13 September 2019. The Program expects to select five Fellows in January 2020 for appointments to start between March and September 2020. Fellowship awards include an annual salary of $57,500, benefits, and generous travel and research budgets.

For detailed proposal guidelines, please visit

APPLY ONLINE: We have launched an online submission platform! No pieces of the application package will be submitted via email as in previous years, including reference letters. Access it here:

Questions may be directed to Shonda Foster, Program Director, by emailing

Call for Proposals: Second Century Stewardship Research Fellows in Acadia National Park

The Second Century Stewardship program at Acadia NP is once again offering competitive research fellowships for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career scientists. In addition to funds for research, the program offers invaluable training in science communication, opportunities to communicate science with multiple audiences, and professional mentorship.

We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and multi-park projects (although not limited to them), so if you know anyone in your park or area who might be interested in working in Acadia and other parks, please consider encouraging them to apply. Fellowships can run two years and support up to $20,000 in research costs plus communications training and support and other benefits. More information about the initiative at:

The partners of Second Century Stewardship have announced the Request for Proposals for fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park in 2020. Founded in 2016 by the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation, Second Century Stewardship is a partnership of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources. Second Century Stewardship Fellows contribute to strengthening and broadening public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.

Proposals must be submitted by midnight eastern U.S. time on October 30, 2019.

A webinar overview of Second Century Stewardship, the Research Fellowship, the application process, and park research priorities will be held on Thursday September 12 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Please register here:

Cape Cod Atlantic Research Learning Center - Nickerson Fellow

The Joshua A. Nickerson Conservation Fellowship





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The Joshua A. Nickerson Conservation Fellowship, offered in partnership by Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission, Atlantic Research & Learning Center, and Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, has provided support to qualified individuals since 1992. At least one fellowship is awarded each year to individuals whose work will contribute to our knowledge of natural and cultural resources within Cape Cod National Seashore, and of the relationships of these resources to the local communities in which they are found.

Proposals may be submitted for research in the broad areas of the natural and social sciences. Topics of interest include terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem processes, biotic and abiotic ecosystem components, cultural and natural resource management, and the political and social implications of resource protection and management.

Housing may also be available to fellowship recipients while research is being conducted in the park. Laboratory equipment and field equipment may be available as well. In 2020, fellowship applications will be considered for funding requests up to $4000. Multiple fellows may be selected.


Application Process 

Individuals wishing to apply for the research fellowships should submit the following documents electronically (preferably in MS Word) to the Chief of NRMS: 

    1. Project title 

    2. Research objectives 

    3. Statement about the significance of this project to park management issues or resources (see evaluation criterion #3 below) 

    4. Methods  

    5. Project budget for Fellowship funds

    6. Project timeline, including tentative dates for fieldwork

    7. List requests for logistical help in the park (e.g., housing, temporary work or storage space, lab equipment needs). For more information, visit or contact Chief of NRMS.

  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume that lists background, qualifications, and research experience, manuscripts or published papers, presentations, etc.

  • For current students, a letter of support from an academic advisor or principal investigator is required. This may be submitted with the proposal or sent electronically by the reference directly to the Chief of NRMS ( Nickerson Fellowship and your name should appear in the subject line.


Proposals will be evaluated by the Nickerson Fellowship Committee: 

The following criteria will be used to determine which project(s) are funded. 

  1. Completeness of proposal (Are all the items listed above included?)

  2. Technical merit (Does the project have scientific or scholarly merit? Are the study questions and methods clear?)

  3. Significance of the project to park management issues or resources. (Will the work help managers make decisions about critical resource issues? Does the project provide missing resource information or help set targets for indicators of desired resource condition?)

  4. Feasibility and ability of investigator to complete the work (Is it realistic for the timeframe suggested? Does the researcher have some experience or credentials to be able to competently do this research?)

  5. Have you previously received the Nickerson Fellowship and if so what is the status of your research?

  6. Potential of the work to boost Fellow’s professional development (Will the work provide new/unique opportunities?)


Direct questions to the Cape Cod National Seashore Chief of NRMS, Geoffrey Sanders,