At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Resources for the Future (RFF) will award resident fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year in honor of Gilbert F. White, retired chairman of the RFF Board of Directors, distinguished geographer, and statesman of science. The fellowships are intended for researchers who have a doctorate degree and wish to devote a year to scholarly work in areas related to natural resources, energy, or the environment.

* Apply online
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Application Deadline: February 18, 2011.

Social scientists as well as natural scientists interested in policy-relevant interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Because fellows will interact closely with RFF researchers, selection criteria will include the nature of the applicant’s proposed research program and how it fits with RFF work in progress.

The award is open to individuals in any discipline who have completed their doctoral requirements by the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year. Teaching and/or research experience at the postdoctoral level is preferred though not essential. Individuals holding positions in government as well as at academic institutions are eligible.

11 months.

Fellows receive an annual stipend based upon their current salary and also receive research support, office facilities at RFF, and an allowance of up to $1,000 for moving or living expenses. This stipend may be supplemented by other sources if the supplement does not divert the fellow from his or her research. Typically, visiting fellows have sabbatical support from their home institutions. Fellowships do not provide medical insurance or other RFF fringe benefits. Neither Social Security nor tax payments are deducted from the stipend.

Application Materials
Individuals interested in applying should submit:
  • A completed application form available here
  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vitae including educational background, professional experience, honors and awards received, a list of publications, and a description of significant research completed but not published;
  • A statement of proposed research (not more than 10 double-spaced pages);
  • A project budget;
  • 3 letters of recommendation from fellow faculty member or colleagues. Letters should be sent either by email to or by post mail to: Coordinator for Academic Programs—White Award, Resources for the Future, 1616 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1400, Phone: 202-328-5020, Fax: 202-939-3460.
  • The proposal should address the main hypothesis or major objective of the research and should include a description of the methods to be used as well as an explanation of the anticipated contribution of the project and the importance of the results. Because Gilbert White Fellows interact closely with RFF researchers, the proposal should also contain a discussion of how the work fits with current RFF research and how an association would be mutually beneficial.
Announcement of the award will be made in April.

RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The program is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, provided the latter have proper work and residency documentation.

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