The Nature Conservancy: Inviting applications for ‘NatureNet Science Fellows Program’ to create a reservoir of new interdisciplinary science talent that will carry out the new work of conservation.

Funding brief: As a leading global conservation organization with a mission to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends, The Nature Conservancy has a critical role to play in creating a world where people and nature thrive. Over the next ten years, through our Shared Conservation Agenda, the Conservancy is addressing the root causes of some of the toughest problems facing people and nature in these five areas 1) climate change, 2) land and water protection, 3) food and water sustainability, 4) building healthy cities, and 5) connecting nature and people.

That’s why the Conservancy has established the NatureNet Science Fellows Program in partnership with a rotating set of the world’s leading universities to create a reservoir of new interdisciplinary science talent that will carry out the new work of conservation. Fellows and grantees will work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a hosting senior scholar (or scholars) to develop a research program. This joint mentorship model allows for fellows and grantees to take fundamental research questions and the traditional support provided by universities and embed themselves in the practice of applied conservation through TNC networks. Within this framework, the NatureNet program goals are to:
● Support innovative and impact-oriented research that help deliver TNC outcomes;
● Invest in the talent potential of a new generation of climate change leaders;
● Recruit scientists who bring a diversity of culture, experience, and ideas into conservation; and
● Provide partner universities and fellows with access to real-world conservation issues.

Donor Name: The Nature Conservancy
Funding name: NatureNet Science Fellows Program

Deadline: 07th, September, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● 
Endowment through joint TNC-University fundraising(structure TBD); OR TNC and the University will collaborate in sponsorship as flexible partners.
● The estimated full cost of the partnership for the university is $129,000 over two years for salary and program related costs with most flexible partners making a 4 year commitment.
● Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Accepted candidates will be notified by January 2019. Fellows will be expected to start when funds are available between May 1 and October 1.

Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. The outstanding early-career scientists and engineers in this 2-year postdoctoral program differ from other postdocs in two major ways:
● They have prioritized improving and expanding their research skills— directing their efforts towards problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people; AND
● They are committed to their professional development— participating and applying trainings designed to improve skills in science communication, working-group facilitation, and leadership.
● Recognizing that the Nature Conservancy’s conservation mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures— NatureNet 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.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Register to Apply: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● Select the project you are applying to from this list.
● Cover letter(1 page, single spaced, size 11-point font, 1-inch margins). Applicants should describe their research experience and suitability for the program, illustrate how their previous experience strengthens their ability to develop and implement the proposed research, speak to their interest in a career in conservation or conservation-based research, and indicate how the program will help achieve career goals.
● Research proposal(2 pages, single spaced, size 11-point font, 1-inch margins). The proposal should highlight the research question of interest; clearly articulate the research approach and methods; address potential challenges, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success; and outline the project’s scientific and conservation significance. Most importantly, within this context projects should demonstrate a clear potential for delivering results for The Nature Conservancy’s Shared Conservation Agenda within the 2-year timeframe, and identify the audience who will use the outputs of your work. Applicants must develop their projects with their TNC and University mentors.
● Curriculum Vitaeor resume.
● Three letters of recommendationto be submitted through the online application system. References should speak to the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed project, feasibility of completing the project within the 2-year time frame, and how the project relates to past work/skills. Letters of recommendation from project mentors will not be accepted.
● Letters of support from your proposed TNC and University mentors.Mentors should speak to importance of project for TNC or their University, the feasibility of completing the proposed research within the 2-year time frame, and the role they will play in mentoring the applicant through the project. The applicant is expected to engage in co-development of the proposal with both proposed mentors and proof of co-development will be assessed during proposal review.
● Research budgetfor Postdoctoral Research Grant Applications only.

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