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The Southern Appalachians: The Perfect Place for Research

Park Flight intern with Saw whet owl.

Park Flight intern, Ruth Partida Lara, with Northern Saw-whet Owl, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.

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Potential Researcher Funding Sources:

Carlos C. Campbell Memorial Fellowships
An award consists of a maximum amount of $5,000 per year, granted by the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association. Awards may be extended for a longer period if justifiable. Special grants also may be made for unusual needs. A special emphasis is placed on projects that demonstrate an applied research approach and produce lasting results for conservation of the park's resources. Applicants should submit a detailed proposal and vita. Proposal guidelines: provide 3 copies of the proposal; maximum of 3 single-spaced pages, including the names and affiliations of the investigator(s), a statement of research needs, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, and an itemized budget, including other sources of support for the project. Each applicant should name one person who is familiar with the applicant and the proposed research and who can help evaluate the proposed project. Applications are due received at the following address by mid-December, awarded in January of the following year. Contact Dr. Joseph D. Clark, Chairman Fellowship Committee, GSMCA, U.S. Geological Survey, Southern Appalachian Field Branch, 274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996.

James T. Tanner Memorial Fellowship
The award consists of a $10,000 stipend and is intended to support a full-time professional for 3 months or a graduate student for one year, granted by the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association. A special emphasis is placed on projects that demonstrate an applied research approach and produce lasting results for conservation of the park's resources. Applicants should submit a detailed proposal and vita. Proposal guidelines: provide 3 copies of the proposal; maximum of 5 single-spaced pages, including the names and affiliations of the investigator(s), a statement of research needs, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, and an itemized budget, including other sources of support for the project. Each applicant should name two people who are familiar with the applicant and the proposed research and who can help evaluate the proposed project. Applications are due received at the following address by mid-December, awarded in January of the following year. Contact Dr. Joseph D. Clark, Chairman Fellowship Committee, GSMCA, U.S. Geological Survey, Southern Appalachian Field Branch, 274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996.

Tennessee Ornithological Society
The TOS maintains an annual small grant program for bird research and conservation activities within the state of Tennessee. Applications are typically due around October 15.

Highlands Biological Station
A number of grants-in-aid are available to pre-doctoral graduate students and postdoctoral investigators for the support of research on the habitats and organisms of the Southern Appalachians. Grant recipients are expected to spend time in residence at HBS, as both they and other researchers and students benefit from such interaction. Support may be awarded for one to twelve weeks and paid as a stipend for the numbe of weeks in residence. A number of named scholarships have been endowed at the Station. Phone: (828)526-2602.

Other

Contact the Research Coordinator of the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center to discuss other non-monitary logistical assistance

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Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...