Thanks to generous donor support, we are able to offer the following doctoral fellowship:
- ConocoPhillips/SMSC Conservation Research Fellowship
- Support for five years of study
- Stipend of $28,000 per year
- Health insurance
- Tuition remission for a defined number of credits
Fellowships are open to any prospective SMSC applicant who meets the following criteria:
- Candidate must have a BS or MS in conservation biology, ecology, zoology, or a related field.
- Candidate’s research interests must coincide with a scholar from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) or George Mason University.
- Candidate must qualify for admission to a conservation-focused PhD program at Mason, such as the PhD in environmental science and policy or the PhD in biosciences.
Preference will be given to applicants who work on a research project that involves collaboration between Mason and Smithsonian investigators and whose mentor actively collaborates with SMSC (e.g., accepting practicum/research students or unpaid instruction).
Finding a Mentor
Applicants should contact potential research advisors to make arrangements with them before submitting an application.
Potential Research Advisors
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo staff
- SCBI staff
- Mason biology faculty
- Mason environmental science and policy faculty
- Mason systems biology faculty
How to Apply
Doctoral fellowships are available only to students planning to begin their course of study in fall 2019. Submit a full application packet to the George Mason University Graduate Admissions Office. Follow the instructions for a Graduate-Degree Seeking Student for fall 2019. Include the extra Letter of Interest for both doctoral fellowships.