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NSF-NRT: Transdisciplinary Graduate Program in Conservation Science and Practice


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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

Description:
The University of Maine seeks outstanding applicants for a transdisciplinary Conservation Science and Practice, NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program that will prepare the next generation of conservation leaders. These scholars will integrate biophysical and social sciences in collaborative, engaged, and solutions-driven research, professional development, and coursework on resilient conservation of natural resources.

Transdisciplinary research and active learning experiences central to the program will address governance frameworks, biodiversity conservation, sustainable rural livelihoods and resource dependent economies, stewardship values, citizen science and participation, and spatial sciences. Students will have internships with one of our federal, tribal, state, or NGO partners. Our goal is to build a well-trained and experienced workforce to advance conservation solutions that will ultimately lead to enhanced resilience of socio-ecological systems in Maine and beyond.

This innovative program includes:

1) Courses that provide theoretical and research foundations in socio-ecological resilience and science communication; 2) Internships with one of our federal, tribal, state, or NGO partners to master STEM professional skills; 3) Transdisciplinary research projects to address governance frameworks, biodiversity conservation, sustainable rural livelihoods and resource dependent economies, stewardship values, citizen science and participation, and spatial sciences; 4) Elective courses related to the program theme; 5) Mentoring by faculty from multiple academic departments.

Trainees will receive an annual stipend plus free tuition and fees, and subsidized health insurance coverage. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to receive NRT funding. We especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, veterans, and students with disabilities to apply.

*Note that the all NSF-NRT funded programs require students to follow the standard application processes of the institutions hosting the programs, and to be accepted prior to their consideration for an NRT fellowship. Please check the program's application requirements and available fee waivers, and inquire about costs you could incur as an applicant.


Application Deadline: 1/15/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maine (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Communication
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources

Keywords:
Conservation

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


Page last updated 7/16/2021
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