2017 ND WRRI Fellowship Program
At this time, the Institute Directors have been instructed by the USGS, the funding source, to plan on Congress funding the Institutes fully and on a 104b (Fellowship program for us) in FY17. We may have to modify the proposal later depending on what the Congress does regarding funding.
- NDSU and UND graduate students conducting or planning thesis research in water resources areas
- Recipients of a 2016 fellowship may apply for renewal.
- Fellowships have 2 to 1 non-federal to federal matching requirements.
Scholarship Duration and Amount
Full year research: March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018
One semester plus Summer: 7.5 months, May 16, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Summer research: 3 months, May 16, 2017 to August 15, 2017
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 the Congress and the President to approve the USGS budget with the National Water Institutes program funding included in it.
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 not later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2016. 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 an original and four copies of 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. Also send an electronic copy in Word for Windows format to email@example.com
Consult the Guidelines for preparation of applications.
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 advisers.
- Fellowships are competitive, and applications will be evaluated by faculty and/or an external panel of water resources professionals.
- 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 to 2017 summer fellowship applicants in their first semester.
- The adviser’s (through existing external grants, or funding from within the university) support of other research costs (supplies, travel, etc.) will strengthen the application.
- Applications from students and advisers 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 adviser and the student tuition waiver should normally satisfy the matching requirement. (faculty salary plus fringe benefits).
- Fellowships start on March 1, 2017 (or as soon thereafter as the USGS authorizes the ND WRRI funding).
It is strongly recommended that advisers/students consult personnel from:
- the USGS North Dakota Water Science Center, Bismarck http://nd.water.usgs.gov/ - contact: Gregg Wiche, firstname.lastname@example.org
- the State Water Commission, Bismarck, http://www.swc.state.nd.us/ - specific contact: William Schuh, email@example.com
- the State Health Department, Bismarck, https://www.ndhealth.gov/EHS/ - specific contacts: Peter Wax, firstname.lastname@example.org, for water quality related projects; and Wayne Kern, email@example.com, for drinking water related projects.
- other local or regional water resources professionals, to explore whether the proposed fellowship research fits with their ongoing or planned research programs. If so, cooperative agreements involving additional funding or in-kind contributions of services to the fellowship project may be possible.
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:
- May 2017, synopsis of progress on project (submit abstract, without prompting, before leaving the campus for summer activities).
- October 2017, summary of progress for the Institute Newsletter and website.
- May 2018, thesis abstract or synopsis of progress.
- Provide guidance to the student for preparing the Fellowship proposal, particularly the budget to make sure proper 2 to 1 non-federal to federal match is satisfied.
- Co-sign the application cover letter.
- If a Fellowship is awarded, make sure the student submits to NDWRRI the required progress reports, summaries and thesis abstracts at appropriate time line.
- Administer the awarded Fellowship through your department by starting and ending the Fellowship payments at the appropriate dates.
- Acknowledge NDWRRI in the Fellows’ thesis, publications, and presentations for its support to the thesis research and let the Institute Director know.