Applications Open for Tropical Connections Post-doctoral Fellowship

We are recruiting a second cohort of female post-docs interested in developing skills that will better prepare them for an independent scientific career!​

Post-doctoral fellows will continue to work in their host laboratories and will receive career training through the Elsevier Tropical Connections Fellowship. Throughout the 1-year fellowship, participants will be guided through the development of:

  • Personal career road map
  • NSF CAREER proposal (or discipline-specific equivalent);
  • Teaching portfolio (including teaching philosophy statement, and assessment of effectiveness);
  • Extension and/or outreach portfolio (including development of outreach videos).

Program Benefits:

Fellows will gain skills in leadership, conflict management and communication to diverse audiences through shadowing and mentoring experiences. Small grants for proof-of-concept projects, visual portfolio development and travel to the conference sites will also be offered. A 1-year commitment by the post-doctoral fellow and her adviser is expected. Program participants (fellows and their mentors) will participate in the introductory 3-day workshop, which will focus on career/life balance management, grant writing and/or business plan development, mentoring relationships, effective communication to diverse audiences and conflict management. Each year, the program will culminate in a conference held in Hawaii or in Florida (travel grants and childcare will be available). Throughout the year, Fellows will be guided through portfolio development and skill enhancement.

Eligibility and Application:

Applicant’s research interests must be in the broadly defined area of sustainability of water or agricultural resources. There are no restrictions on citizenship. Program participants can change host institutions; however, they must remain in the program for a year.

The application deadline is June 1, 2016. To apply, submit a 2-page essay describing professional accomplishments and goals, plus a career roadmap (up to 1 page) and a commitment letter from the current mentor, to:

Dr. Max Teplitski
Phone: 352-273-8189


Dr. Anita Wright
Phone: 352-392-1991 x311


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Posted: April 12, 2016

Category: Agriculture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Professional Development, Tropical Connections

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