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Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology

Missouri Botanical Garden


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 31, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 31, 2022

Applicant type: Working Professional Graduate Student Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Central America; South America; Madagascar; Mexico; Tanzania, United Republic of Expand all

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Overview:

The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) announces the Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology. This is a training fellowship whose purpose is to broaden the Fellows’ expertise and experience in applied conservation biology. In collaboration with MBG scientists in the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD), Fellows will participate in scientific research projects and activities related to the population dynamics of rare plants, reintroduction of endangered plant species, ex situ conservation of native plant species, seed germination ecology of rare plants, and the restoration ecology of native habitats. Fellows will learn hands-on techniques for conserving rare plants in seed banks and living collections, monitoring rare plant populations, restoring and managing native habitats with prescribed fire, and curating data on rare plant species.

Fellows will be expected to travel to MBG in St. Louis, Missouri, for a period of 4-6 weeks during March – May. During their stay at MBG, Fellows will travel with CCSD staff for several weeks to conduct fieldwork in the Southeastern United States. Successful applicants should exhibit the motivation and professional capacity to apply knowledge gained during the Fellowship towards advancing applied conservation and restoration projects in their region/country of residence.

The Fellowship will cover the costs of round-trip air travel to St. Louis and lodging in MBG’s visitor apartments, and will provide a stipend for food, local transportation, and other incidental expenses in St. Louis for a period of 4-6 weeks. Fellows will be expected to travel with CCSD staff to conduct fieldwork in the Southeastern United States; all travel expenses and accommodations for fieldwork will be covered by MBG. During their stay, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary activities that enrich their experience and strengthen their professional development through interaction with a vibrant community of conservation biologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists at MBG, Washington University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Saint Louis University.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Fellowships are open to applicants from:
    • Mexico
    • Central America
    • South America
    • Madagascar
    • Vietnam
    • Tanzania
  • Application is open to:
    • individuals who have recently completed an undergraduate degree
    • graduate students
    • professionals from universities and governmental or nongovernmental organizations
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in:
    • conservation biology
    • ecology
    • botany/plant sciences, or a related field 
  • Applicants must have prior research experience.
  • Applicants must be willing to occasionally work long hours in hot, dry, and wet weather conditions and must have the ability to hike up to 3 miles carrying a 30-pound pack.

Preferences:

  • Fluency in English preferred.
  • Successful applicants should exhibit the motivation and professional capacity to apply knowledge gained during the Fellowship towards advancing applied conservation and restoration projects in their region/country of residence.