NatureNet Science Fellows Program

NatureNet Science Fellows Program


The Nature Conservancy has invited applications from young scientists and engineers for NatureNet Science Fellows Program . The call for applications features two post-doctoral opportunities 

The NatureNet Science Fellows and Research Grant program aims to bridge academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change, and to create a new generation of conservation leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application

Important Dates


Option 1: Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position

Eligibility & Award Terms:

Fellows identify and work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a senior scholar (or scholars) from one of the NatureNet partner universities to develop a research program. Eligible individuals will:

Not be employed as a post-doctoral student (at another university) at the start of this fellowship

Have completed their doctorate within five years before the application close date in November

Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must clearly indicate on the application the date the degree is expected

The Conservancy expects post-doctoral appointments to start between May and September. Each Fellow will receive a non-negotiable annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years

In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives an annual travel budget of approximately $5,000 and an annual research fund of approximately $20,000

Option 2: Post-Doctoral Research Grant

Eligibility & Award Terms:

Grantees and a university mentor from their host institution collaborate with a Nature Conservancy mentor to develop a research application. Eligible individuals will:

Hold a post-doctoral position at an accredited university or research institution at the time of application

Have completed their doctorate within five years before the application close date in November

Each grantee will receive a research stipend of $20,000, with the grant period expected to run for two consecutive years. Second-year renewal of the grant is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program

How to Apply

Applicants should describe their research experience and suitability for the program and illustrate how their previous experience strengthens their ability to develop and implement the proposed research

Research proposal (limited to 2 pages). The proposal should highlight the research question of interest, clearly articulate the research approach and methods, and outline the project’s scientific significance

Most importantly, within this context projects should demonstrate a clear potential for delivering results for The Nature Conservancy’s global priorities, identify the audience who will use the outputs of your work, and address the NatureNet programs themes of action-oriented research that focuses on climate change mitigation and/or adaptation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their projects with their TNC and University mentors

Letters of support from your proposed TNC and University mentors. Mentors should speak to the importance of the project for TNC or their University, the feasibility of completing the proposed research within the 2-year time frame, and the role they will play in mentoring the applicant through the project

Research budget for Postdoctoral Research Grant Applications only

Last Date

The last date for application is

Contact Details

please contact the NatureNet Science Fellows Program at or visit the website

363 Michael Smith Building

Warner College of Natural Resources

1401 Campus Delivery, 

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO 80523

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