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New Environmental Research Fellowship Opportunities Available

Release Date: 07/21/2005
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(7/21/05) Approximately 100 new fellowships will be awarded for research in environmental fields of study through the agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The STAR program provides educational support for full-time masters and doctoral level students who plan to pursue environmental careers; with a focus on developing future leaders in environmental science, education, assessment, and restoration efforts. Deadline for applications is Oct. 18, 2005. Awards for this selection process will be made by May 30, 2006 for the fall term.

More than 1,300 applicants compete each year for approximately 100 fellowships through a rigorous merit review process. A 2002 National Academy of Science (NAS) report gave the STAR program an outstanding rating. The NAS report said STAR research results had improved the scientific foundation for decision making at EPA since the program's inception in 1995. EPA has awarded more than 1,000 fellowships to students in almost every state and the District of Columbia.

Examples of project areas undertaken by previous fellows include environmental engineering, environmental health sciences, toxicology, and the ecology of aquatic and terrestrial systems. Fellows will receive up to $37,000 per year, with masters degree candidates eligible for up to two years of support and doctoral candidates for a total of three years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Information on STAR fellowships is available at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow Detailed application information can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2006/2006_star_fellow.html