2021 Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research

About the Organization:

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to facilitating, promoting, and advancing the scientific study and conservation of biological diversity. They envision a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth and where SCB, a globally diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of professionals, students, organizations, and supporters, serves as a leading voice for the scientific study and conservation of Earth’s biological diversity.

About the Fellowship

The purpose of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship is: To create opportunities for leading conservation scientists to strengthen their skills through two years of applied post-doctoral research, supplemented by training programs, peer networking, and field learning experiences; so that they may: 1. Build productive partnerships with conservation practitioners; and 2. Contribute and communicate scientific knowledge to problems of critical importance in conservation.

The focus of Smith Fellows’ research and activities should be characterized by:

  • Cutting edge research in conservation science;
  • Defining frontiers and leading the future of conservation science;
  • Developing the future world leaders in conservation research and application through training and mentorship;
  • Building coalitions of organizations and partnerships to support conservation science;
  • Supporting and encouraging high-potential individuals to accept risk as a component of change and leadership and thus make significant change in the world.


  • Each Fellow will receive an annual salary of $59,000 plus benefits, with the post-doctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years.
  • In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives a travel budget of $8,000 and a research fund of $32,000 over the 2-year fellowship period.
  • Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending Program-sponsored professional development retreats each year.
  • These retreats provide opportunities to cultivate skills typically not covered during their academic education including leadership, communications, professional and funder networks, and to gain a better understanding of policy-making and application of research.
  • Fellows are expected to pursue their research outlined in their proposal on a full-time basis.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made in 2021.
  • Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must clearly indicate on the application the date the degree is expected.

Selection Criteria:

Fellows are selected according to four criteria:

  • professional record,
  • perceived potential for innovation and leadership,
  • commitment to conservation, and
  • the strength of their proposal.

An ideal Smith Fellow is an innovative, practical-minded researcher with strong leadership potential. They will have excellent communication skills and a keen interest in applied research that improves conservation practice. The ideal proposal will clearly articulate concepts and objectives that are both innovative and feasible.

Questions about the application process may be directed to the Smith Fellows Program at smithinfo@smithfellows.org.

Deadline: September 4, 2020 by 5pm EST

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Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
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Friday, 4 September, 2020
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