The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) Natural Resources Workforce Development (NRWD) Fellowship is now recruiting for the 2023-2024 cohort! The Fellowship was developed to provide graduate students with opportunities for training and practice in developing use-inspired and actionable science to inform natural resource management decisions. Those selected will make up a team of 7 scientists, working together over the course of twelve months. The 2023-2024 Fellowship will be the fifth cohort of NRWD Fellows. Key aspects of the training include: methods to foster collaborations and the development of science that informs resource management decisions; experience in interacting and collaborating with natural resource management decision-makers; and experience in effective communication of research results to enable use of that research. Each year, the fellowship has a different science theme. The 2023-2024 NRWD Fellowship will consider that there is growing consensus among the scientific community that aridity will continue to increase because of increasing air temperature, even if precipitation inputs remain the same. Despite these dire warnings, how well do the public and resource managers understand the increasing aridity phenomenon in contributing to the megadrought?
The program is for currently enrolled graduate students in research-based thesis or dissertation-granting programs at the seven SW CASC consortium institutions. One applicant from each institution will be selected to take part in the 2023-24 Fellowship cohort. The Fellowship will begin at the end of September 2023 and extend through October 2024. Funding includes a stipend of $8,000 (disbursed 50% at beginning and 50% at completion), with an additional travel allowance of $1,250 for travel to each meeting (September 27 - 30 2023, traveling to Utah on September 26, and a similar time in 2024) to be held at Utah State University, Logan, Utah. This fellowship does not include tuition support and should not be used in lieu of a graduate research or teaching assistantship. The SW CASC welcomes applicants from various cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with unique lived experiences, skills and interests.