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New Environmental Research Fellowship Opportunities Announced

Release Date: 08/27/2004
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(Washington, D.C. – August 27, 2004) EPA announced 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. 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 compared to other federal research grant programs. The NAS report also concluded that STAR research results have improved the scientific foundation for decision making at EPA since the program’s inception in 1995. The deadline for preliminary applications is Nov. 23, 2004. Awards from this selection process should be made by July 21, 2005 for the fall 2005 term. Projects undertaken by previous fellows have included genetic approaches to biodiversity, environmental toxicology and research on watersheds and the impact of human behavior on the environment. Fellowships of up to $37,000 per year will be awarded, 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: . Detailed application information can be found at: .