SESYNC Invites Applications for the 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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Aug 04, 2016

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2017. Fellows will undertake research projects that use synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and nature. Applicants must co-develop synthesis research projects with a Collaborating Mentor. Synthesis research is an approach that accelerates knowledge production by distilling or integrating existing data, ideas, theories, and methods to draw more reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study. Synthesis often involves merging large and/or heterogeneous data sets from multiple sources, researchers, or fields of inquiry, as well as critical analysis in evaluating arguments and interpreting evidence. It can employ a diverse array of theoretical and methodological approaches (e.g., statistical/mathematical, structured case studies comparison, scenario studies, game theory, organizational theory, simulation/computational modeling, remote sensing, etc.). Applicants are encouraged to review the SESYNC website for illustrations of socio-environmental synthesis research topics.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a wealth of Center activities as observers or as active participants. Applicants are encouraged to visit for a list of the diverse projects supported by and underway at SESYNC.  Fellows will also participate in the Socio-Environmental Immersion Program. Unique among environmental postdoctoral programs, a learning component of the SESYNC Immersion Program will steep participants in theory foundational to understanding socio-environmental systems.

While the SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers all Fellows the same benefits, there are multiple tracks for applications, each with slightly different requirements. To learn more about each fellowship, please click the links provided below. Please read the fellowship application requirements and description carefully prior to applying. 


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