SESYNC: Sabbatical & Research Fellowships

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center


Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $12,000

Next deadline: May 15, 2019

Later deadlines: Oct 15, 2019

Applicant type: Faculty Research Scientist

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Maryland

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Overview:

Note: Before applying, prospective applicants should first contact SESYNC to express interest in this opportunity.

Competitive sabbatical proposals are those that very clearly address how the proposed project will advance understanding of the structure, functioning, or sustainability of socio-environmental systems. Projects could include data syntheses, modeling, theory development, or policy analysis. As with most sabbaticals, the purpose is to provide an opportunity for an individual to take time off from their current position to develop new ideas or research directions that will benefit their future work as well as their institution/organization when they return.

Overview

Sabbatical & Research Fellowships are awarded to established scholars who will be in residence at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) for 2–12 months to undertake activities that will advance socio-environmental synthesis research. Applicants propose synthesis activities consistent with the mission of SESYNC and are also expected to participate in collaborative Center activities as part of their efforts while in residence.

National Science Foundation synthesis centers are not designed to fund the collection of original (raw) field or survey data. Instead, they support the collation of information/data that already exists, as well as the integration and analysis of different types of information/data, synthetically derived data products, model building, and other creative processes. SESYNC’s focus is on the integration of social and natural sciences.

SESYNC provides a stipend based on time in residence (not to exceed 50% of the fellow’s home institution salary) and a small housing allowance (up to $1000/month). Fellows must be in residence at SESYNC full-time to be eligible for funding. Sabbatical & Research Fellows are considered Visiting Scientists at the University of Maryland and therefore are not eligible for benefits under the USM system; benefits would continue through the fellow’s home institution.

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

Eligibility:

  • Fellows must be in residence at SESYNC full-time to be eligible for funding. 
  • Due to varying visa requirements, please note in your email if you are an international prospective applicant. 
  • Competitive sabbatical proposals are those that very clearly address how the proposed project will advance understanding of the structure, functioning, or sustainability of socio-environmental systems.
  • Projects could include data syntheses, modeling, theory development, or policy analysis. 

Ineligibility:

  • National Science Foundation synthesis centers are not designed to fund the collection of original (raw) field or survey data.