Sabbatical & Research Fellowships

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Sabbatical & Research Fellowships are awarded to established scholars who will be in residence at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) or the Resources for the Future facility for 2–12 months to undertake activities that will advance socio-environmental synthesis research. Applicants propose synthesis activities consistent with the mission of SESYNC and are also expected to participate in collaborative Center activities as part of their efforts while in residence. SESYNC provides a stipend based on time in residence (not to exceed 50% of the fellow’s home institution salary) and a small housing allowance (up to $1000/month). Sabbatical Fellows are considered Visiting Scientists at the University of Maryland and therefore are not eligible for benefits under the USM system; benefits would continue through the fellow’s home institution.

Applications are accepted by May 15 or October 15 for biannual evaluation.

Components of a Sabbatical & Research Fellowship Application

Include the following using single spacing, 12-pt type fonts, and 1-inch margins.

Cover sheet (1 page)

  • Descriptive title (“SESYNC Sabbatical & Research Fellowship: ….”)
  • Short title (25 characters max)
  • Name and contact information
  • Project Summary (250 words) – appropriate for the public; posted on the SESYNC website
  • Keywords (up to five keywords different from those used in the title)
  • Proposed start and end dates
  • Potential conflicts of interest with members of the SESYNC External Advisory Board or Leadership

Main body (4 pages max including references)

  • Problem statement – clear and concise statement of the project goals, including the social or environmental synthesis to be undertaken and how it will contribute to actionable socio-environmental synthesis science or policy.
  • How the proposed project/activities will make use of SESYNC’s opportunities to enhance the scholar’s project, i.e., why SESYNC is the most appropriate place to undertake the work.
  • Collaborative SESYNC interests to pursue while in residence.

Other Information (1 page)

  • If applicable, briefly describe any anticipated needs for cyberinfrastructure (CI) support. This should include descriptions of data sets to be used during this project; new data sets or software/databases to be developed; high performance computing needs; data aggregation or fusion required; and types of visualization. Applicants should review SESYNC's IT and data sharing policies and are encouraged to contact SESYNC CI staff prior to submission if the project’s needs are beyond the scope of services outlined in these documents.
  • Name and contact information for a representative of the home institution who will be the primary contact regarding institutional arrangements for the fellowship (usually the applicant's Department Head or Dean).

Full CV of the Applicant

Submission Instructions: 

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF using the webform at Because of varying visa requirements, potential international Sabbatical & Research Fellows should contact us before applying.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply