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Water Institute seeks fellowship applications

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute, known as ND WRRI, is seeking applications for its 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship program.

NDSU and University of North Dakota graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resources may apply for fellowships of varying duration, three months to one year. Typically in the past fellowship awards for master’s degree students have been in the range $800-$1,000 and for doctoral students it has been $1,000-$1,400 per month. The fellowship funds must be applied between March 1, 2016, and Feb. 29, 2017. A technical completion report co-written by the fellow and adviser is expected of each fellowship research project.

Research proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources issues in the state or region. Regional, state or local collaborations or co-funding will strengthen an application. Fellowships have a matching requirement of two non-federal dollars to one federal dollar. At the time of applying, applicants should have a plan of study filed and/or should have a thesis research topic selected. Applications need to be prepared in consultation with advisers. Advisers of the applicant should co-sign the applications. Applications from students and advisers who have not met the reporting requirements of their previous fellowship projects will not be considered for funding.

The general criteria used for proposal evaluation include scientific merit, originality, research related to state or region, and extent of regional, state or local collaboration and/or co-funding. A panel of state water resources professionals will review the proposals. Announcement of awards will be made by early January, subject to the appropriation of funds by the federal government.

Visit the Water Resources Research Institute site for more information and guidelines for preparation of applications. Applications are due by Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. Submit original and four hard copies of applications to Linda Charlton, Family Life Center (FLC 320), NDSU Department 2030, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050 and an electronic copy in Word format toeakalak.khan@ndsu.edu.

For additional information, contact Eakalak Khan, professor of civil and environmental engineering, at eakalak.khan@ndsu.edu or Linda Charlton-Gunderson at linda.charlton@ndsu.edu.

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