Research Fellowships Being Offered at National Parks In Alaska

Now's the time to apply for a research fellowship for projects to be conducted in national parks in Alaska, such as Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. NPS photo of Crescent Lake in Lake Clark National Park.

The National Park Service is currently accepting applications for research fellowships in national parks and preserves in Alaska.

Currently, two research fellowships are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other national parks in Alaska. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2011 and a decision is expected to be made by March 15, 2011, or soon thereafter. The fieldwork of fellowship recipients must be arranged before September 1, 2011.

The Discover Denali Research Fellowship is for research in or near Denali, and the Murie Science and Learning Center Fellowship is for research taking place in Denali or other arctic or subarctic Alaska national parks. Both fellowships are designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students, but may be appropriate for college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, and private-sector researchers.

Proposals for research that will help managers make decisions about critical resource issues are particularly encouraged. If an applicant wants to be considered for both funding sources, only one application is needed. More than one fellow is expected to be selected for each program.

Applications for 2011 fellowships will be considered for funding requests up to $7500-$8000, to be used over one or two years. Any previous fellow may reapply, but is not assured of additional funding.

An information guide about the fellowships, which includes specifics on how to apply and other information helpful to the application process, may be downloaded from www.nps.gov/dena/naturescience/discodena.htm. For more information contact Denali’s Research Administrator Lucy Tyrrell at (907) 683-6352 or .