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Socio-Environmental Immersion Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships. Each fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor (scholar) of their choosing that extends the fellow’s current network of collaborators; the mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution. Fellows are in residence at SESYNC full time but are provided travel funds to interact with their mentor and attend conferences.

Successful candidates will use synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and the environment. Projects should have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems, but the information synthesized may be primarily social or environmental in nature, or some mix. We will also consider proposals from candidates with a humanities focus.

SESYNC has ~ 15 postdoctoral scholars in residence whose expertise spans the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences; six – eight new fellows join the program as a cohort each fall. In addition to undertaking a synthesis research project, Postdoctoral Fellows participate in the SESYNC Socio-Environmental Immersion Program. The program is designed to advance their understanding of theories and methods foundational to research on socio-environmental systems and to advance their understanding of the science-policy nexus. Successful candidates will have made clear in their applications how progress on their proposed projects may benefit from participation in the Immersion program and/or how the program aligns with their specific career objectives.

Prospective fellows who propose the use of advanced theoretical, computational, and/or mathematical approaches to explore, characterize, and understand the structure and dynamics of socio-environmental systems are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants who believe their project fits within the description of “Computational Synthesis” projects should designate their project as such by putting the words Computational Synthesis: at the beginning of their project title. Applicants for Computational Synthesis projects will receive special consideration, may be eligible for additional funds, and will be evaluated based on additional criteria.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maryland, College Park (Lead)
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Program Materials:
 • Postdoc Website this link takes you to a different website

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Computational Sciences
Computer Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
General Earth & Agriculture Sciences
General Math & Computational Sciences
General Social Sciences
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems

Couples Human-Natural Systems (CHANS)
Ecological Modeling
Ecosystem Science
Environmental Change
Systems Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 3/14/2018
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