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Opportunities for Graduate Students

Please note that the opportunities presented on these pages are for informational purposes only and the inclusion of any opportunity on these pages should not be taken as an endorsement of the opportunity by the Environmental Science Institute or The University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to the following opportunities, a number of professional development opportunities exist for graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin.


USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program - Mendenhall Fellowships are prestigious two-year postdoctoral opportunities to work with U.S. Geological Survey scientists on a wide range of Earth and biological science research topics. In 2013 47 new Research Opportunities are being advertised. Application deadline is September 20, 2013.

Climate Change and African Political Stability Pre-Doctoral Fellowship -  The CCPAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of resdearchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa.  Pre-doctoral fellows are expected to work on - and ideally complete - their doctoral dissertations during the fellowship.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Associates Program – This renewable, one-year award for researchers working in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, and other scientific disciplines provides opportunities and support for research and training in a broad range of science and engineering activities related to basic sciences, energy, and the environment. It provides access to modern and extensive research facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Applications accepted year round.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advanced Short Term Research Opportunity – This award provides opportunities to conduct research in areas that support Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and the environment. Specific disciplines that are sought include computer sciences, earth sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and related scientific disciplines. The program provides access to modern and extensive research facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Applications accepted year round.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Postgraduate Research Program – This award provides opportunities to participate in research in advanced energy technologies and procedures in the disciplines of chemistry, chemical engineering, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences. The program takes place at the National Energy Technology Laboratory sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia. Applications accepted year round.

Postdoctoral Marine Science Network Fellowships (Smithsonian) – The Smithsonian Marine Science Network (MSN) is a unique array of laboratories and research vessels spanning the western Atlantic coastal zone and across the Isthmus of Panama, facilitating long-term interdisciplinary, comparative research between MSN sites. The MSN invites Post-Doctoral research proposals that address pressing marine research questions. Postdoctoral scientists collaborate directly with identified Smithsonian marine research scientists as named sponsors/advisors of the fellowship. Proposals must focus on comparative research involving more than one of the Network facilities. Individuals who have been employed or contracted by the Smithsonian Institution within the previous year are not eligible.

The Smithsonial Office of Fellowships and Internships offers a number of graduate student and postdoctoral fellowhip opportunities through its affiliated entities, including its Astrophysical Observatory and National Air and Space Museum.  The Office of Fellowships provides a comprehensive list of these opportunities, along with the relevant contac information.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System Graduate Research program is one of the largest graduate programs supported by NOAA. Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by engaging with reserve staff and participating in their host reserve's research, education, stewardship and training programs. Fellows use reserves as living laboratories to address NERRS natural and social science priority issues based on the reserves' local coastal management needs.

The Exploration Fund of the Explorers Club provides grants in support of exploration and field research. It should be emphasized that those expeditions aided will be for scientific purposes, in accordance with the club's stated objective, to broaden our knowledge of the universe. Mere travel to remote areas will not be considered. Check link for date of next competition.

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) under the sponsorship of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering Visiting Fellowships at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This is open to scientists with research interests in the areas of the new CIRES Research Themes developed to better explain and illustrate both the broad range of CIRES' science as well as the interdisciplinary nature and connectedness of CIRES research. - Advanced Observing and Modeling Systems - Climate System Variability - Geodynamics - Planetary Metabolism - Regional Processes. Check link for date of next competition.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Postdoctoral Scholar awards are offered to recipients of new or recent doctorates in the fields of chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and biology, as well as oceanography. The competitive awards are designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis placed on the individual's research promise. These awards carry special recognition at the institution. Each recipient is encouraged to pursue his or her own research interests in association with a member of the Resident Scientific or Senior Technical Staff. Each awardee is provided with office and laboratory space in close proximity to the resident staff acting as sponsor and general advisor throughout the award period. Check link for date of next competition.

The Global Volunteer Network places volunteers in community projects in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Uganda. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid programs. Examples of the exciting and rewarding activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, health and sanitation, and cultural home stays.

The Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program is designed to heighten the awareness and encourage the participation of minorities, women, and economically disadvantaged students in environmental issues and policies and to help develop a diversified workforce within Texas' environmental agencies and private corporations by promoting employment opportunities for students exploring future professional opportunities in the environmental fields.

The EPA National Network for Environmental Management Studies offers a fellowships program each year. The projects are specifically narrow in scope, allowing students to complete the fellowship while working full-time at EPA during the summer or part-time during the school year. Recipients of NNEMS fellowships receive a stipend based on the student's level of education and the duration and location of the project.

AmeriCorps – Environmental Corps is an exciting an energetic program which those aged 17 to 25 to contribute to the restoration and preservation of parks and public lands in Texas. Participation in the E- Corps program may last from six months to two years, and members receive a living stipend and an educational award upon completion of their service.

 


 

Professional Development Opportunities

The following opportunities are also available for Graduate Students at The University of Texas at Austin:

Graduate Student Instructor Program: Advancing Students’ Professional Excellence with Certificates in Teaching Series (ASPECTS) encourages ongoing pedagogical, personal, and professional development through workshop sessions that may be taken individually, or as a set in order to earn a certificate.Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Discovery Learning Project: DLP promotes development and use of discovery/inquiry-based methods of teaching and learning. Monthly catered-lunch seminars by visiting experts provide a relaxed setting for Fellows to interact with the UT science education community. Sponsored by UTeach.

Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program: IEP is premised on the belief that intellect is not limited to academia and entrepreneurship is not restricted to the business sector. IEP is committed to developing innovative, collaborative, and sustainable ways for universities to work with their communities to solve complex problems, and to develop 'citizen-scholars'. Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.

Professional Development and Community Engagement: The PDCE program enables graduate students to make meaningful impacts in their professions, with a focus on working directly with the local community to solve complex problems, via community engagement projects, internships, formal courses, and workshops. Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.


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