Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellow

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network.

Location: Nationwide; emphasis on coastal regions, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fellowship Benefits: An award of $76,000 is paid to each fellow’s institution in the form of a two-year grant. Potential fellows must ensure compliance with their institution’s requirements for applications for external funding. Funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges. $75,000 is available for the fellow to use for research-related expenses, including equipment purchases, professional travel, professional development courses, trainee support, salary, or any other costs directly related to the fellow’s research. The use of these funds for any other expenses requires pre-approval from the Gulf Research Program. The remaining $1,000 of the award serves as an honorarium for a mentor. Applicants must identify a senior-level researcher at their affiliated institution willing to serve as a career mentor. All fellows will attend a required orientation in Washington, D.C., in September 2019 and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in February 2020. Travel expenses for these events will be covered by the Gulf Research Program; they are in addition to the $76,000 fellowship award.

Term: 24 months, September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2021

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a fully independent position as an investigator, faculty member, clinician scientist, or scientific team lead in industry or academia. Applicants must not receive tenure before September 1, 2019 if in a tenure track position. A postdoc is not considered a fully independent position.

Applicants must hold an eligible degree (PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM) in the social and behavioral sciences, health sciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, or interdisciplinary scientific fields relevant to one or more initiatives of the Gulf Research Program. Applicants must be early-career scientists who have received their eligible degree within the past 10 years (on or after September 1, 2009).

Applicants must be affiliated with a non-federal U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.

Applicants cannot be currently employed by the U.S. federal government. Full-time, paid, permanent federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship. Applicants cannot apply to the Early-Career Research Fellowship more than two times.

How to Apply: Visit http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/fellowships/early-career for information on application requirements, eligibility, the selection process, and how to apply.

Applications for 2019 fellowships will be accepted through February 20, 2019.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.

Gulf Research Program

The National Academies’ Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation. The program has $500 million for use over 30 years to fund grants, fellowships, and other activities in the areas of research and development, education and training, and monitoring and synthesis.