NatureNet Science Fellows Program
The call for applications for the 2018 cohort of NatureNet Science Fellows has closed. Please sign up to be on the NatureNet mailing list to receive notice of when the next call will open.
The Nature Conservancy recognizes climate change as the single greatest threat to our mission, and to humanity. Never before has there been an issue that so tightly integrates the health of the planet with the economy, food production, clean, reliable water, health, and equality.
Within these goals are two overarching themes:
For a list of the TNC projects within these themes we are seeking post doc support for in the 2018 call, refer to the NatureNet website.
Ideal Candidates for NatureNet Science Fellowships and Research Grants are outstanding early-career scientists and engineers who seek to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts toward problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people. Recognizing that our conservation mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures - we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
Funding & Eligibility
The 2018 call for applications features two post-doctoral opportunities. Please read the Eligibility and Award Terms carefully to determine the best fit for your research program.
Option 1: Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position
Eligibility and Award Terms
Fellows identify and work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a senior scholar (or scholars) from one of the NatureNet partner universities to develop a research program. Eligible individuals will:
The Conservancy expects post-doctoral appointments to start between May and September. Each Fellow will receive a non-negotiable annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives an annual travel budget of approximately $5,000 and an annual research fund of approximately $20,000. Second-year renewal of the fellowship is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program.
Option 2: Post-Doctoral Research Grant
Eligibility and Award Terms
Grantees and a university mentor from their host institution collaborate with a Nature Conservancy mentor to develop a research application. Eligible individuals will:
Each grantee will receive a research stipend of $20,000, with the grant period expected to run for two consecutive years. Second-year renewal of the grant is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program. The Conservancy will distribute grant funds between May and September. Funds are awarded directly to the grantee's institution and may be used by the grantee for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, summer salary, or any other activity directly related to the grantees' research. If used for summer salary, support is limited to a maximum of two-ninths of established academic salary. This summer research period is to be regarded as two full months.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted from September 8, 2017 through November 6, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Accepted candidates will be notified by March 2018. Fellows will be expected to start when funds are available in September 2018. For further information, please contact the NatureNet Science Fellows Program at NatureNetScience@tnc.org.
Those applying for the Post-doctoral Fellowship Position must identify one university as your home institution. You are encouraged to suggest collaborations with additional universities and institutions within your proposal if those collaborations will greatly enhance the research. This year's participating universities for the full fellowship program are:
Applicants will identify at least one mentor from the partner institution and one mentor from The Nature Conservancy to develop a research program. Applicants are asked to first identify which of the active TNC priority projects best aligns with your work. The TNC lead for the project will act as your mentor. To identify available mentors and related projects, review 2018 University Partners, Projects and Mentors web page. You may wish to share the Mentor Expectations document when seeking mentor commitment.