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Scientist In Residency opportunity in Sitka

Sitka Sound Science Center is Accepting Applications for the 2018/2019 Scientist in Residency Fellowship Awards for Polar and Subarctic Scientists of All Disciplines

The Sitka Sound Science Center is accepting applications for the fourth round of a fellowship program funded by the National Science Foundation to attract pre-eminent polar and subarctic scientists to Sitka. The program offers several one-month fellowships for polar and subarctic scientists each year. Expenses for travel, lodging, per diem and a small honorarium will be provided to each fellow. The scientists will be given lab and office space and provided with administrative support.

The Polar Scientist in Residency Fellowship brings scientists annually to Sitka for one-month sabbaticals. The fellowship is limited to US citizens and is intended for mid-career scientists (not graduate students). The short sabbatical will allow scientists undisturbed time that can be used in a variety of ways: data analysis, manuscript preparation, experimentation, collaboration or simply thoughtful process.

The PSIRF Fellows will spend a week of their residency in outreach and education activities to share their work in the schools and at other forums like public library programs, lunch meetings with students, and science cafes. They will present a lecture to the general community through the Natural History Seminar series put on by the Science Center and supported by the Sitka Charitable Trust and the University of Alaska Southeast. Fellows will also be provided guidance on best practices for communicating science to a public audience in rural Alaska. The purpose of these outreach activities is to help improve science literacy, provide opportunities for scientists to explain their research to the public and to give students insight into the many career paths available in science

The five-year NSF award is from the Office of Polar Programs. UAS Associate Professor Jan Straley is the principal investigator for the project and Alexandra Ravelo is the director of the program.

A copy of the application and further information is available at the SSSC website:

Deadline for application is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

For more information contact Alexandra Ravelo at 907-747-8878 extension 9 or