SESYNC Announces Social Science Fellowships

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Mar 05, 2012

Research Opportunities for Social Science and Humanities Scholars 

The Social Dimensions of Environmental Sustainability

Postdoctoral Positions 

Early or Mid-career Visiting Fellows 

Research Team Support 

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC, pronounced s?-sink) is the newest national synthesis center funded by the National Science Foundation. Its main goal is to foster synthetic, actionable science related to the structure, functioning, and sustainability of socio-environmental systems.  The center supports research from diverse perspectives on linkages between humans, societies, and the environment.   

Call for Applications: to lead projects (Ventures) that address how individuals and/or social systems influence or are influenced by the natural world. These ventures can draw from any social science or humanities discipline to synthesize existing knowledge and identify research priorities relevant to this broad topic.  SESYNC particularly encourages scholars (including those from the international community) who can help define research frontiers at the interface of social and natural sciences, thereby laying the foundation for future interdisciplinary work. All ventures will be conducted at the SESYNC center in Annapolis, Maryland.

Examples of potential venture topics include, but are not limited to: scholarship that focuses on the link between environmental sustainability and formal or informal institutional structures; human behaviors/decisions that influence or are influenced by how humans experience or perceive the natural world; critical reflections on the language, models, and practices of past and current efforts at synthesis.

 Funding Opportunities

 Postdoctoral scholars – SESYNC will provide an annual stipend for up to 2 years, full University of Maryland employee fringe benefits, and an annual allowance to attend meetings or collaborate.   Postdoctoral scholars will be in residence at the center in Annapolis. Application deadline April 20, 2012.

 Visiting Fellows – SESYNC provides a stipend and travel support for fellows (early or mid-career) to spend at least 2 months over a year in residence at the center working on a research project; how that time is spread over the year is negotiable.  Applications accepted any time.

 Research Team Support (Ventures) – SESYNC provides all travel and accommodations for groups of scholars to come to the center to work on a joint project that can generate knowledge in response to a pressing need or unexpected opportunity, develop tools or approaches that could provide a new catalyst for the synthesis process, synthesize the state of knowledge in a particular area or identify research priorities.  Applicants may request support for a single workshop engaging up to 40 people or could request multiple visits by a study group (typically 6-12 people) over the course of a year or more.   Applications accepted any time.

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