Early-Career Fellowships in Earth, Engineering, Environmental, Social and Public policy

The Gulf Research Program’s supports emerging scientific leaders in the area of Earth sciences, Engineering, Environmental protection, Life sciences, Health and medicine, Social and behavioral sciences, Natural Resources, Public policy, Community resilience


  1. Should hold a fully independent position as an faculty member, investigator, clinician scientist, or scientific team lead in academia or industry.
  2. Should hold an eligible degree (PhD, ScD, MD, EngD, DrPH, or DVM) in the social and behavioral sciences, medicine, health sciences and engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, or interdisciplinary or other relevant scientific fields mention in Gulf Research Program initiative.
  3. A postdoc is not considered a fully independent position.
  4. Candidates must not receive tenure before September 1, 2019 if in a tenure track position.
  5. Be early-career scientists who have received their eligible degree within the past 10 years (on or after September 1, 2009).
  6. Not be currently employed by the U.S. federal government. Full-time, permanent, paid federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.
  7. Be affiliated with a non-federal U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.
  8. Have applied to the Early-Career Research Fellowship fewer than two times.

How do I apply? 

Candidates can be submitted through online application system.

  • Your resume or CV (up to 5 pages).
  • A series of personal essays that respond to the following prompts:
    1. Explain your research using language a non-scientist will understand. (500 words)
    2. Describe your career goals and challenges.
    3. How will the mentoring provided by the fellowship help address them?
    4. What is your strategy to be a productive mentee? (500 words)
    5. Describe a time, outside of your research, when you ensured a project or team accomplished its goal or achieved a successful outcome. Include the lessons you learned. (500 words)
  • A research summary (up to 3 pages, including any figures, tables, and references) that describes your research, why it is important, and how it is relevant to a Gulf Research Program initiative. A budget is not required.
    1. Note: the Early-Career Research Fellowship funds people, not projects.
    2. Your research plan should include information about your research portfolio as a whole, not a specific project.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Your mentor may not submit one of these letters. We encourage applicants to choose references who know you well and can provide reviewers with insights about your experience, skills, and abilities beyond what can already be gleaned from your resume/CV.
  • A statement (up to 1,000 words) from your selected mentor.
    1. Your selected mentor must be in a senior-level position at your affiliated research institution, college, university, or organization.
    2. In their statement, your mentor should address how you, the candidate, will benefit from mentoring. Your mentor should consider your professional development holistically, beyond research productivity alone, and identify areas for improvement or potential growth. (1,000 words)
    3. If you are unable to find a mentor at your affiliated organization, the mentor honorarium will be waived and you will be asked to answer an additional question justifying your selection of an external mentor.
    4. Do not choose a mentor for research collaboration.
    5. Choose a mentor who is willing and able to meet at least twice a month to provide guidance and advice on professional development and career topics beyond merely promotion and tenure, such as work/life balance, time and project management, teaching and mentorship, committee and other professional service, community engagement and outreach, lab and research management.

All application materials, including the letters of recommendation and mentor statement, must be submitted through online application system by February 20, 2019, at 5:00 PM ET. 

Quick Overview

Subjectssocial and behavioral sciences, medicine, health sciences and engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences,
Opening Date
Closing DateFebruary 20, 2019 5:00 pm ET
For any query contact usGulfFellowships@nas.edu.


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