NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (Postdoctoral fellowship)
NSF SEES Fellows NSF 11-575
Through SEES Fellows, NSF seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The program’s emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The Fellow’s proposed investigation should be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experience beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise. Additionally, Fellows are required to develop a research partnership that would broaden the impact and/or scope of the proposed research activities. Such activities might include, but are not limited to, a connection with a NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN), center or facility; industry; a national laboratory; or a state, regional, or local resource management agency. Fellows are required to have two mentors, one for the proposed research at the host institution (the institution that will administer the award) and the other for the research partnership. The mentors can be from the same institution, but should not be from the same discipline.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent residents of the United States (by the application deadline).
- Have received his or her doctorate within four years of the application deadline of the competition. Exceptions to this time-related restriction can be made for extenuating personal circumstances, such as a career interruption due to family responsibilities, but must be approved by a cognizant program officer prior to submission of the proposal. PIs who have not yet received their Ph.D. are eligible to apply, but must have received their Ph.D. by the start date of the award.
- Propose research that is in the broadly defined area of sustainability sciences, beyond the applicant’s current area of core expertise.
An applicant may submit a proposal as an individual or through an institution but, before the grant is awarded, must affiliate with a US university, college, or non-profit, non-academic organization, which will administer the award.