Science to Action Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Nov. 7, 2018

Statement of Interest due Jan. 25

Photo of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. from near the Potomac River.

The National Climate Adaptation Science Center is accepting applications for their Science to Action Fellowship Program. 

Program Description: The Science to Action Fellowship provides support for a graduate student to work with the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) on a research project relate to climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, or ecosystems. The program focuses on directly applying scientific research to decision making about natural resources. During the fellowship year and beyond, Fellows benefit from collaborations with university and USGS mentors, from interactions with other colleagues and partners of USGS, and from exposure to high priority, real-world challenges in the natural resources policy arena.


The program is open to Master’s and Doctoral students at Michigan State University or any Climate Adaptation Science Center consortium institution. Students must be enrolled at the institution for the entire fellowship year (special circumstances otherwise considered).. To view the list of consortium institutions for each CASC, please check out our CASC Pages(link is external).

Financial Award
Up to two Fellows will be selected, annually, to receive a financial award of $10,000 each. The financial award is intended to support the additional efforts undertaken by the Fellow for the NCASC project, not as a graduate stipend. 

Mentoring Experience
Each Fellow will work closely with his/her university mentor (typically, the applicant’s graduate program advisor) and a mentor from NCASC (identified by the applicant during the application process). 

Application Process
Interested applicants should submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) no later than December 15 preceding the intended fellowship year. SOIs (reviewed on a rolling basis) will serve as means for identifying interested applicants and pairing them with a NCASC mentor to co-develop a project proposal. Individuals who are invited to submit a full proposal must do so by March 15 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time. Decisions on fellowship awards will be announced by March 31.

Fellowship Duration and Location
The fellowship experience will last one year (start date is flexible within the funded year, beginning April at the earliest). During this time, the Fellow will be expected to work at USGS headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. in Reston, Virginia for two months (typically summer; specific dates are flexible) but may remain at his/her host institution for the rest of the term.

Questions? Please direct questions about the fellowship program to Dr. Abigail Lynch, NCASC Research Fisheries Biologist,

Science to Action Fellowship Program