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What is the Fellowship Program?

The GLEON Fellowship Program will provide full funding and logistical support to bring a cohort (~ 12 students) together for in depth training in network science. Over the course of 1.5 years, fellows will

  • Travel to three weeklong workshops for in-depth training, supplemented by online activities and network-level interactions at GLEON all-hands meetings
  • Receive training and guidance by experts in ecosystem science, communication, pedagogy, organizational structure, leadership training, and assessment
  • Develop technical, conceptual and analytical skills critical to carrying out macroscale biology and network science
  • Gain access to existing networks of people, data, technologies, students, and technical experts
  • Complete an interdisciplinary, collaborative scientific project


When is the first workshop and am I required to attend?

The cohort will meet for the first time in person January, 2015, in New Hampshire, USA. Funding, travel, and logistical support will be provided to successful applicants. Attendance of the first workshop is required for subsequent participation in the Fellowship Program.


Who should apply?

Doctoral students in both academic and professional environmental science, ecology, geography, and engineering career tracks aquatic or environmental sciences that are at least 1 year away from completing their degree.


Do I need to be a US Citizen to apply?

No. Both US citizens and non-citizens will be considered for funding. We encourage both US citizens and international students to apply.


How do I apply?

See instructions on How to Apply for the Fellowship Program.


What am I committing to?

Fellows and their primary research advisors will be asked to understand and agree to this Collaborative Agreement.


What is the time commitment?

Each Fellowship Program cohort will work together formally for ~ 1.5 years. Fellows will be required to attend three approximately weeklong workshops and at least one GLEON All-Hands Meeting during that time, in addition to participating in online communication and project management for the duration of the program. Basic training in R programming will also be required for participants, depending on the level of prior experience. Like any collaboration, the exact time commitment from month-to-month will vary; we expect that fellows will spend an average of 5 hours per week on training, communication, and between-workshop project management.


Where will the workshops be held?

Fellowship program workshops will be held within the US. GLEON All-Hands Meetings, which Fellows may have the opportunity to attend at least once, may be held outside of the US.


What are the topics of workshops?

The first workshop will focus on the social aspects of interdisciplinary team science. Subsequent workshops will focus on addressing a continental-scale aquatic science question that the Fellows will collaborate on as a team. Fellows will receive training in computational and analytical tools complementary to addressing the science questions. See Training and Science Questions for more information on training that took place in Cohort 1.


Do I need endorsement from my primary research advisor?

The GLEON Fellowship program is supplementary to a student’s degree program. Successful applicants will provide a letter of support from their research advisors. Because of the time commitment required for Fellows, advisors will play an active role in the student’s participation and will kept informed of programmatic developments. Fellows’ research advisors will be also be involved in assessment of the program during and after program completion.


What kind of science questions will Fellows address?

Fellows will work with Program Leaders to identify and develop science questions to address over the 1.5-year program; training and effort will be designed around science questions. Science themes will fall within the umbrella of continental-scale macrosystems biology (Heffernan et al. 2014). Our approach in the GLEON Graduate Student Fellowship Program will involve training students in quantifying the scales, magnitudes, and spatial and temporal coherence of disturbance. Within GLEON there exists a diversity and number of lakes to develop a general understanding of the inter-relationships amongst episodic event frequency and tipping points in ecosystem recovery across regions to continents.


What kind of training will Fellows receive?

Training will occur during workshops, or collaboratories, for GLEON Graduate Student Fellowship Program cohort.  Collaboratories will be designed around the technical and team-science needs of early career scientists, adapted from K. Weathers, P. Hanson, and J. Cole proposal.

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