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National CASC 2019 Science to Action Fellowship


CSC: National CASC
Name: 2019 Science to Action Fellowship
Submission Period: October 31, 2018 12:00 AM MDT - February 8, 2019 11:59 PM MST

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The Science to Action Fellowship was developed to:

  • Expose graduate students to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) through the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), whose mission is to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques to help natural and cultural resource managers anticipate and adapt to the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and ecosystems.
  • Support graduate students in developing a policy-relevant product related to the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, their habitats, and users. This product should put science into action, applying scientific research directly to decision making about natural resources.  It may be related to the graduate student’s own research, and if so, may present a unique opportunity to enhance and share research with a broader community of decision makers. 
  • Provide students the opportunity to interact with the USGS community and others outside of academia.

During the fellowship year and beyond, Fellows benefit from collaborations with university and USGS mentors, from interactions with other colleagues and partners of USGS, and from exposure to high priority, real-world challenges in the natural resources policy arena.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to graduate students at Michigan State University and the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) Consortium Institutions who are students for the entire fellowship year (special circumstances otherwise considered).  

Financial Award: Up to two fellows will be selected, annually, to receive a financial award of $10,000* each.  The financial award is intended to support the additional efforts undertaken by the Fellow for the NCCWSC project, not as a graduate stipend.

Mentoring Experience: Each Fellow will work closely with his/her university mentor (typically, the applicant’s graduate program advisor) and a mentor from NCCWSC (identified by the applicant during the application process). 

Fellowship Duration and Location: The fellowship experience will last one year (start date is flexible within funded year, starting April at the earliest).  During this time, the Fellow will be expected to work at USGS headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. in Reston, Virginia for two months (typically summer; specific dates are flexible) but may remain at his/her host institution for the rest of the term.

*No portion of this financial award may be used for indirect expenses from a Fellow’s host institution.  All grant funds are required to be used for direct fellowship expenses (e.g., travel and lodging for two months in Reston, supplies, travel to conferences, etc.).  


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