2012 ND WRRI Fellowship Program
The ND Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) announces its 2012 Graduate Research Fellowship program. Projects proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources research issues in the state or region. Regional, state, or local collaboration or co-funding will strengthen an application.
NDSU and UND graduate students conducting or planning thesis research in water resources areas
Recipients of a 2011 fellowship may apply for renewal.
Scholarship Duration and Amount
Full year research stipend: March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013
One Semester plus Summer Stipend: 7.5 to 8 months May 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012
Summer research stipend: Three months between May 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012
Stipend amount: $800 to $1,000 per month for M.S. students and $1,000 to $1,400 for Ph.D. students depending on funding availability.
Each year, the institute must wait for Congress and the President to approve the USGS budget with the National Water Institutes program funding included in it. It is highly likely (but not guaranteed) that Institute funding will continue at least at the level of 2011.
The general criteria used for proposal evaluation include: scientific merit, originality of research, research related to state and/or region, and extent of regional, state or local collaboration and/or co-funding.
Application Deadline and Submission
Applications are due in the office of the director not later than 5:00 p.m., December 2, 2011. The proposals will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and state water resources research professionals. Announcement of awards will be made by early January.
Send your applications to Linda Charlton-Gunderson, ND Water Resources Research Institute, North Dakota State University, Department Number 2030, Family Life Center (FLC320), P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050.
Consult the Guidelines for Preparation of Applications. Fellowships have matching requirements.
Information for Proposal Preparation
Fellowships are available only to NDSU and UND graduate students in full-standing engaged in thesis research in any water resources area. Fellowship award can be used only for stipends for graduate students.
Applications should be prepared by graduate students with significant input and advice from their thesis advisors.
Fellowships are competitive, and applications will be evaluated by faculty and/or an external panel of water resources professionals. Six to eight fellowships will be awarded depending on the level of funding.
Preference will be given to students in the later stages of thesis or dissertation research who can demonstrate good research productivity (conference presentation, manuscripts submitted, etc.) for full year awards. Three-month summer awards are preferred for students in their first summer of research. Depending on the overall evaluation of the application, a smaller/shorter award than that requested may be offered.
Applicants should have a thesis project defined and approved by their graduate advisory committees. The approval requirement does not apply, 2012 summer fellowship applicants in their first semester.
The advisor's (through existing grants, or funding from within the university) support of other research costs (supplies, travel, etc.) will strengthen the application.
Applications from students and advisors who have not met the reporting requirements of their previous fellowship projects will not be considered for funding.
The fellowship must be matched by twice the amount from non-federal sources. The preferred sources of matching are: (1) auditable Co-funding of the student's thesis project from a non-federal grant, (2) teaching assistantships from academic departments, (3) tuition waiver, and (4) in-kind faculty time. An in-kind contribution of 1-3 months (depending on the size of the stipend) of state-funded academic year time of faculty advisor and the student tuition waiver should normally satisfy the matching requirement. (faculty salary plus fringe benefits).
Fellowships start on 01 March 2012 (or as soon thereafter as the USGS authorizes the ND WRRI funding).
It is strongly recommended that advisors/students consult personnel from:
Fellows will be asked to summarize their project at three times during the year and a final technical completion report within 3 months of their completion of Fellowship: