Type of Funding
The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) is offering the James A. Walker Future of Wind and Wildlife Fellowship for recent outstanding Masters or PhD graduates to learn first-hand about issues related to wind energy and wildlife interactions.
The fellow will learn about the practical application of science aimed at advancing conservation and renewable energy. There will be a number of short-term opportunities to visit and collaborate with AWWI’s wind-energy and conservation-science collaborators, which will be identified in partnership with the Fellow based on their research topic and interests. The fellow will also explore other networking and mentorship opportunities, with the possibility of attending conferences and
workshops and participating in fieldwork activities.
During the appointment, the fellow will work closely with members of the AWWI team and collaborators to produce a research report for AWWI or journal publication on a topic focusing on developing solutions to wind energy’s impacts on key wildlife species. The fellow will engage in related AWWI work, such as on ongoing AWWI projects related to research topic focus, including participating in discussions, reviewing reports, and other related tasks.
The fellow will receive a US$45,000 stipend with additional funds available for professional development opportunities. Location of fellowship is flexible, as the fellow may work remotely. The fellowship is scheduled to begin Summer/Fall 2019.
The Fellow will have the opportunity to research interdisciplinary, cross sector topics that are key to the success of solving wind-wildlife challenges; expand creative thinking on these topics; interface with leaders in the field; and apply insights gained toward a career in a field related to renewable energy and wildlife conservation.
Applicants must have recently earned a graduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in renewable energy, biology, environmental science, or a related field. Applicants with an academic advisor who could continue to advise and provide mentorship
during the Fellowship are preferred.
Applicants must have passion for the practical application of science toward advancing conservation and/or renewable energy and intend to pursue a career related to renewable energy and wildlife conservation. They need to have strong research, writing, and communication skills, including strong experience interacting with or developing academic literature.
They should be self-starters with strong time management and organizational skills who are able to work independently and as part of a team. They have to be able to build and maintain professional relationships with diverse groups including AWWI team members, industry representatives, conservation practitioners, researchers, agency personnel, and consultants.
Applicants have to review AWWI’s National Wind Wildlife Research Plan to understand priorities and goals and then propose any research topic that advances these goals. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
- Expanding the analytic capabilities of the American Wind Wildlife Information Center (AWWIC) database.
- Addressing the challenges of integrating technologies to minimize wildlife impacts at wind energy facilities.
- Exploring the trade off between the risk to wildlife from renewable energy development and the risk to biodiversity loss owing to climate change.
Applications are to be sent via email by 30 June 2019.