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Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl (IWWR)

Graduate Fellowships

Ducks Unlimited's Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research is seeking applications from qualified students for four fellowships in 2013.

1)      The DUC-MBNA Conservation Fellowship for up to $10,000/year (Canadian funds),

2)      The Dr. Bruce D. J. Batt Fellowship in Waterfowl Conservation for up to $5,000/year   (Canadian funds),

3)      The Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Graduate Fellowship for up to $7,000/year (US funds),

4)      The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation Wetlands and Waterfowl Research Fellowship for        up to $7,000/year (US funds)


The purpose of these Fellowships is two-fold: to assist in the development of talented young professionals who are dedicated to furthering the conservation of wetlands and wildlife; and, to advance scientific understanding of the biology of waterfowl and wetlands.

The competition is open to graduate students based at any North American university. Each award is available to provide personal or research support for successful applicants. The award is renewable for up to two additional years for PhD students, once for MS students, assuming annual approval of a satisfactory progress report and the need for continuing financial support.

How to Apply

Fellowships will be awarded based on the qualifications of the applicant; the scientific soundness of the student's research proposal; originality and creativity in study design; expected contributions of the research to furthering waterfowl conservation; and the achievability of the work. The IWWR is a nonprofit institution and does not pay indirect costs to cooperating universities and research institutions.

Applicants will automatically be considered for any fellowship for which they are qualified. Thus, a single application will suffice. All application materials are due by midnight on 16 November 2012. Applicants will be notified of the results of the competition in January.

Fellowship applicants should submit the following materials (letters of reference can be sent separately):

  • Research proposal, not more than 10 pages in length
    • The format for these is flexible, but should include:  an introduction to the problem; objectives and major hypotheses; the basic design of observations or experiments; general methods; a timetable; and literature cited.
  • Proposed budget with a list of any secured matching support (including personal support) and other pending applications
  • Brief statement of career objectives (<1 page)
  • Resume of the student applicant
  • Academic transcripts (photocopies are acceptable) and GRE scores (if available)
  • A letter of endorsement from the applicant’s advisor
  • Two additional letters of recommendation


Please send materials to:

Dr. David W. Howerter, National Manager, IWWR

Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research

Ducks Unlimited Canada

P.O. Box 1160

Stonewall, MB, Canada, R0C2Z0

Email: iwwr@ducks.ca

Phone: (204) 467-3292

Fax:  (204) 467-3410


Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

For More Details:  http://www.ducks.ca/our-science/graduate-fellowships/research-proposals-fellowship-grants/

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