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|Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships (GREF) |
The GREF program began supporting graduate students in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research-funded collaborative global change research at universities and national laboratories in June 1999. All qualified students are encouraged to apply, but minority and female students are particularly encouraged.
GREF makes three-year appointments that are renewable annually based on evidence of the Fellow’s satisfactory academic and research direction and progress. The fellowship pays an annual stipend of $19,200 ($1,500 monthly plus a $600 Research Education Supplement in March and October), and tuition and fees. GREF Fellows are encouraged to participate in the annual Orientation and research focus sessions, and the End-of-Summer Workshop. If the Fellow decides to participate in these activities, GREF pays travel costs, per diem and lodging to the events.
Applicants must have completed their first year in graduate school, unless they formerly participated as SURE Fellows. Past SURE Fellows can apply for GREF during their first year in graduate school. Applicants are required to complete the application form, including the submission of a five-page description of proposed research, letters of recommendation from the Faculty Advisor and Research Mentor and an outside individual, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Applications are available on the website, http://www.atmos.anl.gov/GCEP, beginning the first Monday in October through 11:59.59 P.M. PST on December 31. Appointment of fellowship awards are announced by mid-April each year.
An important aspect of the GREF project is the encouragement of interdisciplinary work among colleges and universities, and the national laboratories involved in global change research efforts. Proposed doctoral research projects that bridge the gaps between the various GCEP programmatic research efforts are particularly welcomed. GREF Fellows have two mentors: a university Faculty Advisor and a national laboratory Research Mentor who collaboratively guide the research activities. The DOE mentor interactions should enhance the GREF students’ research efforts by adding key expertise and/or accessibility to facilities that are not available at the GREF applicant’s home institution. Thus, GREF DOE mentors should be selected that are not from the applicant’s institution, if at all possible. GREF Fellows are invited to present updates about their research efforts/results at the End-of-Summer Workshop each year or at the Orientation Workshop to enhance interactions with SURE and GREF Fellows.
The Global Change Education Program is funded by the