Duke University: Global Fellowships Summer 2014

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Duke University Marine Laboratory Marine Conservation Summer Institute-Global Fellowships Summer 2014
Application Deadline: February 1, 2014

The Duke University Marine Laboratory is offering an unparalleled educational opportunity from July 7 to August 8, 2014.  Duke’s Marine Conservation Summer Institute focuses on principles necessary for the conservation and preservation of coastal and ocean environments during an intensive 5-week summer session.  The focus is on interdisciplinary problem solving using biophysical and social science to address real world environmental problems.  This program is an opportunity for students and professionals at any level to think about conservation biology and policy in an environment full of students, faculty and practitioners grappling with the same issues.  The five-week core class, ENVIRON746A Marine Conservation Summer Institute  consists of three weeks of plenary lectures, field trips and activities, and two intensive week-long modules intertwined in weeks two and four and led by experts in the field.  Plenary weeks and modules will be focused on hands-on, team-based, experiential learning with meaningful faculty-student engagement that are hallmarks of the educational environment at the Marine Laboratory.  Students will be in the field and at the discussion table, learning the basic tools of conservation biology and policy in the plenary weeks and delving deeply into special topics with experts during the module weeks. 
Modules for 2014 are:
1) Deep Sea Conservation (Van Dover) & International Oceans Law (Kraska) (Taught during Week 2)
2) Conservation of Marine Mammals & Sea Turtles (Read) & Domestic Oceans Law (Roady) (Taught during Week 4)
Global Fellowships in Marine Conservation will be awarded on a competitive basis.  The Fellowship fully covers travel expenses, room and board, and tuition.
The Global Fellowship application deadline for summer, 2014, is February 1, 2014

The Global Fellowships are available to any international applicant with a good working knowledge of English who has an interest in marine conservation biology and policy, ideally with the intent to apply this interest to the practice of coastal and marine conservation.  The course does not have specific prerequisites, but Global Fellows must have a BA or BS degree in hand and be enrolled in a graduate program, or currently working in the field of marine conservation.

To Apply for Global Fellowships:  It is our preference to receive applications via email (rachel.lopiccolo@duke.edu) or by fax (252)504-7648. 
If sent by postal mail, application materials should be directed to:
Duke Marine Lab Global Fellows Program
c/o Rachel Lo Piccolo
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort NC 28516, USA

Application Materials
In addition to the enrollment form, each Global Fellowship applicant is required to submit the following credentials: (*Please include last name and title on all printed and electronic documents)
  • Duke University Marine Lab summer course  enrollment form- please print and send completed form via email or postal mail
  • A brief essay - please limit this to one page - describing the applicant’s background, education, research, and work experience. Please note a Curriculum Vitae does not take the place of this essay
  • A brief statement of purpose - please limit this to one page - i.e., describing the applicant's reason for applying for the Fellowship, how the applicant will be able to apply the training in his/her home country; and the applicant's future goals.
  • A letter of recommendation from academic faculty or employer addressed to Dr. Doug Nowacek.  We do not offer guidelines about the information to be included in your reference letter. These letters typically include how the referee knows you, his/her opinions of your work together in the past, and thoughts about whether he/she feels you'd be well suited to this program.
  • A Complete Curriculum Vitae.
  • A copy of your transcript is preferred. It may be an unofficial version. The transcript can be emailed to rachel.lopiccolo@duke.edu or faxed to (252) 504-7638 to the attention of Rachel Lo Piccolo.  A non-certified translation of the transcript is fine.  If sending a transcript is impossible, then please send a copy of your degree. If a traditional transcript is available, documentation certifying your courses, grades and official notes taken in each course during university studies in addition to a copy of your diploma will be required.
Due Date
Global Fellowship applications materials must be received no later than February, 1st  2014, by Rachel Lo Piccolo (rachel.lopiccolo@duke.edu).  All applicants will be notified of their award status soon after the deadline date.   We appreciate your interest in our Global Fellows program.  If you have any questions you may contact Rachel Lo Piccolo at rachel.lopiccolo@duke.edu.

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