Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Jornada Basin LTER
(Applications due March 15, 2017)
The Jornada Basin LTER provides support for half‐time, 12 month (up to $23, 017/y) and summer research fellowships (up to $6000/summer) for graduate students conducting research directly related to the goals of the Jornada LTER. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Jornada LTER home page for more information (https://jornada.nmsu.edu/lter), including the most recently funded proposal (2012 LTER‐VI; tinyurl.com/JRN‐Proposal ). Graduate Research Fellows may be eligible for up to 2 years (halftime) or 2 summers of support, for students in good standing with their university and with the Jornada LTER Program. The number of fellowships and amount each year depends on funds available. Students can apply at any time, although evaluation of applications will begin March 15. Applications received after March 15 will be evaluated if funds are still available.
Priority for funding will be given to students with: (1) research objectives that address specific goals of the Jornada‐VI proposal, (2) evidence of potential products from the research (e.g., journal papers), (3) need for funding, (4) if applicable, results and products from previous LTER funding, and (5) academic advisors who are Jornada LTER scientists. Students who previously received a Jornada fellowship and did not complete the requirements below will not be eligible for funding. Incomplete evaluations will not be considered for funding. Applicants do not need to be NMSU students. The fellowship award must be used to support the student’s research at the Jornada, and can include xpenditures including student stipend, travel (to the site for research and for the short course), and supplies. No additional travel support will be provided to attend the short course.
Jornada Graduate Research Fellows are required to:
1. participate in a Desert Ecology short course (2‐day) each summer the student is funded and the course is
offered. The course will be held at the Jornada USDA headquarters and on the campus of NMSU;
2. conduct at least 2 hours (Summer students) or 10 hours (12‐month students) of education‐related activities
under the supervision of staff from the Asombro Institute for Science Education;
3. provide data and metadata from their research to the Jornada Information Manager when the Research
Authorization form is submitted and annually in each year of their graduate program (see data policies at:
https://jornada.nmsu.edu/lter/data/data‐policies), and provide pdf copies of publications when available to
the Jornada site manager. Support from the Jornada LTER should be acknowledged in these publications;
4. present a seminar to the LTER group on the campus of NMSU prior to graduation;
5. for second year applicants, submit to the Jornada LTER Fellowship Coordinator with their renewal application:
(a) a short report (1‐2 pages) stating how the prior award was used to support their research, and the major findings to‐date from work at the Jornada,
(b) documentation that all of the above requirements have been met.
Students not meeting these requirements will not be eligible for future Jornada support. Applications will be evaluated by ad hoc committee of Jornada LTER PIs. For questions or to submit an application, contact Dr. Niall Hanan, email@example.com. Email applications are preferred.
Email applications to:
Dr. Niall Hanan, firstname.lastname@example.org.