Liber Ero Fellowship Program

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Les bourses postdoctorales Liber Ero soutiendront des chercheuses et chercheurs postdoctoraux exceptionnels provenant de partout dans le monde, mais œuvrant au sein d’un établissement canadien et s’attaquant à des problèmes de conservation cruciaux pour le Canada.

Information sur les bourses

Admissibilité

Sont admissibles les chercheuses et chercheurs exceptionnels dans des domaines de recherches en sciences naturelles et en sciences humaines qui auront terminé leur doctorat avant le début de la bourse. Les candidates et candidats devront être basés dans une université ou un organisme de conservation du Canada, mais peuvent être originaires d’un autre pays. La proposition doit inclure une équipe de mentorat incluant au moins un ou une universitaire et un ou une praticienne de la conservation. La constitution hâtive d’une équipe de mentorat permet de développer une collaboration fertile.

Soutien financier

La bourse consiste en un soutien financier de deux années (le soutien de la deuxième étant conditionnel à un progrès satisfaisant lors de la première année) incluant une allocation imposable de 60 000 $ et un budget annuel de 15 000 $ pour la recherche et les déplacements.

Échéancier

Les candidatures aux bourses de 2018 seront annoncés à la fin de l’été 2017.

Dossier de candidature

[En raison de contraintes logistiques, les demandes doivent être soumises en anglais. Les retraites et les ateliers de formation se dérouleront aussi principalement en anglais.]

Fellows will be selected based on evidence of their success and emergence as leaders in a conservation-relevant research field, as well as on the merit of their proposed research and mentorship team. Research proposals should demonstrate a candidate’s capacity to identify and address a key conservation challenge in a collaborative manner. Research projects may draw on natural, social, or multidisciplinary theories and methods to solve the conservation problems under study. The quality and appropriateness of the mentoring team* will also be a key consideration. Accordingly, the application consists of the following major components. First, register your application, then compile the following as a PDF:

  1. Cover letter (maximum of one page) – Only a short cover letter is requested, which should not repeat information in the application. Rather, it should be a synthesis and tell us more about yourself and your goals.
  2. Research proposal (maximum of four pages) – The proposal is freeform and can be structured as most appropriate, but it must include:
    • Conservation problem: A successful application must clearly define a conservation problem in Canada that will be addressed and how the fellowship can contribute to solving the problem.
    • Methods: A section outlining the methods and approaches to be used, indicating any novel approaches to be developed.
    • Mentorship: A section clarifying how the applicant and the mentorship team plan to work together to affect real-world change regarding the stated conservation problem.
    • Impact: A section must describe the potential impact of the proposed research, specifying the communities most likely to benefit from the results.
    • References: Additional page(s) for literature cited may be included beyond the four page limit.
  3. Statement highlighting past accomplishments demonstrating the candidate’s commitment to conservation science, outreach, and collaborations (maximum of 500 words).
  4. Copy of the applicant’s CV, listing relevant publications, grants, and experiences.
  5. Letters of support from proposed academic and conservation practitioner mentors, a minimum of two. In cases where there are multiple academic mentors, a joint letter is encouraged, when possible (ditto for cases involving multiple conservation practitioner mentors).
  6. Letters of support from two academic references.

*To determine mutually beneficial activities and to allow for sufficient discussion time, applicants should contact their proposed mentor(s) early on while preparing their proposals.

All of the material should be submitted to info@liberero.ca as a single PDF (please name your file using this format: Lastname_Firstname_Nov20xx.pdf); the letters from academic references may be sent directly.

More information can be found in the Fellowship FAQ page.