Applications Open for 2014 Research Fellowships
Contact: Maureen Gualtieri, (907) 733-9103
DENALI PARK, Alaska: The National Park Service and the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) are seeking applicants for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other arctic and subarctic Alaska national parks. The Discover Denali Research Fellowship is for research in or near Denali, and the Alaska Geographic Fellowship is for research taking place in Denali or other arctic or subarctic Alaska national parks.
The deadline for both fellowship applications is February 15, 2014 and a decision is expected to be made by March 1, or soon thereafter. The fieldwork of fellowship recipients must be arranged before September 1, 2014.
The Discover Denali and the Alaska GeographicFellowships are designed primarily to assist graduate students, but may be appropriate for college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, undergraduate students, and private-sector researchers. Proposals for research that will help managers make decisions about critical resource issues are particularly encouraged. If an applicant wants to be considered for both funding sources, only one application is needed; however, only one fellowship may be received per applicant. More than one fellow is expected to be selected for each fellowship program.Any previous fellow may reapply, but is not assured of additional funding.
Applications for 2014 fellowships will be considered for funding requests up to $8,000, to be used over one or two years. However, typically awarded funds for fellowships have been $6,000 or less.
An information guide about the fellowships, which includes specifics on how to apply and other information helpful to the application process, may be downloaded from www.nps.gov/rlc/murie/
This is the ninth year that the Discover Denali Research Fellowships will be available for Denali researchers. It is the seventh year that the fellowships, renamed recently as the Alaska Geographic Research Fellowships, will be available to researcher-applicants whose studies help managers in all parks that are partners with the MSLC: Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Denali National Park and Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, Noatak National Preserve, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, and Yukon – Charley Rivers National Preserve.
The Discover Denali Fellowships are made possible through proceeds from Discover Denali, an MSLC program developed in partnership between the Denali Education Center and the National Park Service.Denali Education Center connects people to Denali through fun, informative and inspiring programs that help build lifelong friendships, lasting memories, and a sense of connection to nature. A non-profit educational partner of Denali National Park and Preserve since 1989, Denali Education Center serves visitors and residents of all ages with multi-day programs on their campus, day programs, multi-day field trips, research grants, and special events.
The Alaska GeographicResearch Fellowships are made possible through the partnership between Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service.The Alaska Geographic Research Fellowships are funded through education programs at the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) in Denali National Park and Preserve. Through a variety of science-based education and outreach efforts, Alaska Geographic provides much of the financial support for the MSLC. Alaska Geographic is a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to our public lands and has been an active public lands partner in Alaska since 1959.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 398 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.