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Research Fields TEST landscape ecology, conservation wildlife/plant/fisheries ecology or socio-ecological studies
Categories Agriculture
Environmental Studies
Natural, Physical or Life Sciences
Citizenship No citizenship available
Eligibility The Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) is pleased to offer The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship Program in the field of applied conservation science to established or new graduate-level students at Canadian universities. These fellowships are intended to provide all or partial funding of graduate level field research-related activities for students to undertake their thesis-related research and are not intended for salaries. The research undertaken by these students will be relevant to WCS Canada’s conservation objectives at our two long-term sites where WCS is pursuing various science-based conservation efforts: the boreal region of northern Ontario and the northern boreal mountains of Yukon and British Columbia.
The candidates must be pursuing a graduate degree in conservation science, or in a related field such as landscape ecology, natural resources management/conservation, conservation planning, conservation biology, environmental studies, wildlife/plant/fisheries ecology or socio-ecological studies. The research project must help advance WCS Canada’s long-term conservation objectives and knowledge for each region and thus may include, but not be limited to, study of: aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; wetland, riparian, and peatland ecosystems; species management/conservation; ecosystem connectivity; ecological changes resulting from climate change; sustainable harvesting of fish and/or wildlife; socio-ecological effects of natural resource development or management, especially cumulative effects.
Value $20000
two to four
Currency Canadian
Tenable at The boreal region of northern Ontario and the northern boreal mountains of Yukon and British Columbia.
Deadlines February 21
Application Details Applicants should submit the following:
  • A cover letter clearly outlining how the proposed research addresses WCS site-based conservation objectives
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Description of research project of 3-5 pp. including goals/objectives, methods, conservation relevance
  • Complete project budget which must include requested component within overall budget and committed or pending support from other sources
  • Letter of support from their academic supervisor and names and contact information for two other references.
    Submit applications to: Office Manager at mkatsabas@wcs.org 720 Spadina Avenue, #600, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2T9. Electronic submissions are preferred. Electronic submissions greatly facilitate peer review and management of your proposal. Acceptable format is a pdf document file. Questions about specific sites can be directed toward Dr. Cheryl Chetkiewicz (Northern Ontario Boreal) at: cchetkiewicz@wcs.org and Dr. Don Reid (Northern Boreal Mountains) at dreid@wcs.org
    Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that their proposed research follows accepted ethical guidelines for research in the North before submitting proposals. Examples include the ACUNS Principles for Conduct of Research in the North ( http://acuns.ca/website/ethical-principles/ ) and the Inuit Tapiirit Kanatimi Guide for Researchers ( http://www.itk.ca/publications/negotiating-research-relationships-inuit-communities-guide-researchers ). Fellowship awards will be conditional upon applicants providing copies of approved permits for research and evidence of compliance with necessary animal and/or human ethics and welfare protocols. Updated: February 9, 2012

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