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									         Kathryn Fuller Doctoral
         Fellowship Application
                                          2010




        Application deadline: January 31, 2010



The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund was created to honor the former president and
CEO of World Wildlife Fund-US. Throughout her 16-year tenure, Kathryn Fuller helped expand
the underpinnings of conservation including the disciplines of ecology, hydrology, economics,
law, finance, diplomacy, and social science. WWF’s Conservation Science program, in
particular, flourished under her leadership, growing from 3 to 20 scientists. Today she serves
on several non-profit and corporate boards, lending her innovative thinking to a wide range of
causes.
Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowships
Advancing Conservation through Science

For nearly 50 years WWF has committed to delivering science-based conservation results while
incorporating the latest research and innovations into our work. As part of its commitment to advancing
conservation through science, WWF established the Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowships to support
PhD students working on issues of exceptional importance and relevance to conservation in one of the
WWF-US priority places.

This year, the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund will support doctoral research in the following
three areas. (See section on suggested research topics.)
     ecosystem services
     measuring and monitoring carbon stocks in forests
     climate change impacts on and adaptation of freshwater resources

Benefits
As part of their Awards, Fuller Doctoral Fellows receive:
    either $15,000 or $20,000 allocated over a period of up to 2 years to cover research expenses*
    opportunities to link doctoral research to WWF’s global conservation efforts
    networking opportunities with other Fuller Fellows, WWF scientists, and employees

* Fuller Doctoral Fellows receive either $15,000 or $20,000 depending on the location of their research and home
university. Fellows with field research based in a WWF-priority place outside the country of their universities are eligible to
receive $20,000. Fellows with field research based within the country of their home universities are eligible to receive
$15,000. Fuller Fellowships may be used to cover allowable research-related expenses. (See section on eligible and
ineligible expenses.)

Eligibility
     All applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program leading to a doctoral degree in a
        conservation-related field and must have completed at least one year of course work.
     Applicants must have at least two years of work experience in conservation.
     Applicants must propose research in one of the three topics listed above that has direct implications for
        conservation in one of WWF’s priority places. (See following page.)
     Individuals who are currently WWF Train Fellows may not receive a Fuller Fellowship. Applicants may
        apply to both programs simultaneously, if they are eligible for both, but cannot receive both fellowships
        from WWF.
     WWF staff, directors, and their immediate family members are not eligible for Fuller Fellowships.

Selection
Fuller Fellows are selected through a competitive, merit-based process. Eligible candidates must submit a
completed application form along with two letters of recommendation and other supporting documents to WWF
by the application deadline. An interdisciplinary panel of experts is convened to review applications and to
identify top candidates based on the following criteria:

    1. Applicant’s ability, accomplishments, and potential to become a leader in their field
    2. Scientific merit, feasibility, and significance of the research proposal
    3. Relevance of research to conservation practice in general and WWF’s mission and programs in particular
    4. Preference will be given to individuals proposing research in their country of origin

                  For questions or further information, please contact fullerfund@wwfus.org.
WWF-US Priority Places

WWF-US has focused its efforts on a number of places that are of the highest priority for conservation
based on the wealth and diversity of life they support, the destructive challenges they face, and our
ability to impact them within the next decade. These priority places include the world's largest and most
intact tropical rain forests, the most diverse freshwater systems, the most varied coral reefs, the most
biologically significant deserts, and the most productive fishing grounds. Through Kathryn Fuller
Fellowships, WWF supports promising doctoral research that has the potential to advance conservation
in the places listed below. Click on the links below to learn more about these places and their precise
boundaries.

Amazon – portions of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname
Arctic – Arctic portions of Canada, Finland, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, United States
(Alaska)
Borneo and Sumatra – portions of Indonesia, Malaysia
Coastal East Africa – coastal and marine areas of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania
Congo Basin – portions of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Gabon, Republic of Congo

Coral Triangle – coastal and marine areas of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines,
Timor Leste, Solomon Islands

Eastern Himalayas – Bhutan, Nepal
Galapagos – Ecuador (Galapagos Islands)

Mexico – State of Chiapas, Chihuahuan Desert , Gulf of California, Mesoamerican Reef of Mexico,
Monarch Butterfly Reserve, State of Oaxaca

Namibia
US Northern Great Plains – portions of the states of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Wyoming
For questions and further information, please contact fullerfund@wwfus.org.
Fuller Doctoral Fellowships: Suggested Research Topics

This year WWF will provide Fuller Doctoral Fellowships to individuals conducting research in an
eligible WWF priority place pertaining to three broad topics:

      ecosystem services
      measuring and monitoring carbon stocks in forests
      climate change impacts on and adaptation of freshwater resources

Suggested research topics for each of these areas are presented below. Research addressing these issues
will receive preference in the selection process for Fuller Doctoral Fellowships.

Ecosystem Services
Natural ecoystems and their species support human livelihoods and economies in countless ways; they
store carbon to slow climate change, purify and regulate water supplies, pollinate crops, and provide
foods and medicines. Estimating and communicating the value of these “ecosystem services” can
provide new motivations for nature conservation, as well as new sources of funding it, via payments for
ecosystem services (PES). Research is needed in estimating ecosystem service values, determining how
they relate to conservation priorities, and understanding who may benefit from PES or other incentives
intended to compensate providers of ecosystem services.

Suggested topics
    Evaluating concordance between ecosystem services and conservation priorities. Do they overlap
       spatially? Can we manage for both?
    Estimating economic benefits (i.e. ecosystem services) and costs (e.g. forgone income from
       agriculture) of conservation
    Providing ecological and economic analyses to support a specific PES proposal
    Determining effects of efforts to conserve ecosystem services on human communities, especially
       distributional effects: do the poorest communities bear disproportionate costs or benefits?

Measuring and monitoring carbon stocks in forests
Destruction of the world’s forests contributes roughly 20 percent of overall greenhouse gas emissions
worldwide. Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) is therefore a critical
component in combating climate change. This presents an opportunity for conservation, whereby
reducing rates of deforestation can help not only slow climate change, but also protect forest biodiversity
and ecosystem services. In order to achieve this goal there is an essential need to estimate forest biomass
and carbon stocks in forest ecosystems, monitor them over time at multiple scales, identify synergies
with conservation priorities, and connect these science findings to emerging policy frameworks.

Suggested topics
    Estimating and monitoring carbon stocks within protected areas or specific habitats to determine
       contributions to REDD (using remote sensing, field sampling, or a mix)
    Evaluating the overlap of carbon stocks with additional ecosystem services (e.g., water
       purification, flood control) to identify bundled benefits
    Evaluating concordance between patterns of forest carbon, deforestation risk, and biodiversity to
       identify win-win areas
    Estimating costs of reducing emissions through forest projects compared to other climate
       mitigation strategies
Climate change impacts and adaptation for freshwater resources
Water sustains life, yet with little or no regard for its value, humans have devastated ecosystems,
particularly freshwater, in order to meet the demands of population growth and economic development.
Protecting the environment and supply of its most precious resource is critical to successful
conservation, and now, adding increased urgency to this mission, is a further challenge: climate change.
Shifts in climate patterns and extremes are creating significant changes in hydrological regimes.
Understanding how complex aquatic ecosystems will respond to emerging climate conditions is an
extremely difficult task. Large shifts in “normal” ecological conditions in rivers, lakes, and wetlands are
already occurring in regions such as southeastern Australia, southern Africa, and globally at high
latitudes and altitudes. Conservationists and managers need a clear understanding of freshwater climate
science, its underpinnings and implications for policy and management to maintain the value of human
and nature dependent freshwater resources under changing climatic regimes.

Suggested topics
    Evaluating the impacts of climate change on freshwater systems
    Identifying and possibly quantifying freshwater ecosystem and species thresholds to climate
       change
    Studying the hydrological functioning of freshwater ecosystems and their vulnerability to climate
       change
    Developing freshwater adaptation strategies that are implementable at the “field” level of
       conservation management and planning
Application Instructions
Please be sure to follow all steps below when applying for a Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowship.

   Complete all pages of the application form in English.
   Type your name at the top right corner of each page of the application form.
   Print the application and sign the "Applicant Agreement" page (Section VI of the application).
   Do NOT staple or bind any pages of your application form.
   A complete application dossier consists of a completed application form, two letters of
    recommendation (one of which must come from your doctoral research advisor), proof of admission
    to your academic program, and any other documents relevant to your application. All of these
    documents must be mailed together in one envelope. See the “Application Checklist” below for
    more details.
   Make a copy of your application dossier for your records.
   Mail your application to WWF-US at the following address along with required and relevant
    recommended documents listed in the application checklist below no later than January 31, 2010.
    Applications without required documents or those postmarked after this date will not be considered.
    Applications sent by email will not be considered unless hardcopy application materials are also
    provided.
                                          Mail applications to:
                                        Fuller Doctoral Fellowships
                                                  WWF
                                            1250 24th Street NW
                                          Washington, DC 20037

Application Checklist

Required Documents

    Completed application form including the signed Applicant Acceptance Agreement.

    Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your doctoral research advisor. Letters from
    professional colleagues are also helpful. Recommendation letters from family members will not be accepted.

    Proof of admission to the academic program.

    CV or résumé.

Recommended Documents

    Proof of alternative funding sources, such as a letter of acceptance from another fellowship program.
    Personal bank account statements or official statements of personal income are not necessary.

    Copies of abstracts from published journal articles, research projects, papers presented at conferences, etc.
    that you have authored. Do not submit entire documents (no more than 3).



                For questions or further information, please contact fullerfund@wwfus.org.
Fuller Doctoral Fellowships: Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

Fuller Doctoral Fellows receive either $15,000 or $20,000 depending on the location of their research
and home university. Fellows with research based in a WWF-priority place outside the country of their
universities are eligible to receive $20,000. Fellows conducting research in the country of their
universities are eligible to receive $15,000.

For example, an applicant from Kenya enrolled in a PhD program in the United Kingdom but
conducting research in Kenya would be eligible for a $20,000 fellowship. A Kenyan applicant at a
Kenyan university and conducting field research in Kenya would be eligible for $15,000.

Fuller Fellowships may be used to cover research-related expenses listed below.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES
      travel to and from a research site
      living expenses for meals and accommodations at a research site
      local transportation at a research site, including vehicle, boat, airplane or helicopter hire
      fees for visas, permits, and entrance fees to a research site
      vaccinations and medications needed for field research
      books and materials
      equipment needed for research, such as computers and software, digital cameras, GPS devices,
       binoculars, tents, field clothing
      expenses for satellite images and other resources needed for research purposes
      wages or stipends for field assistants and others associated with research


INELIGIBLE EXPENSES
      tuition and related fees
      living expenses for meals and accommodations at university
      living expenses for family members
      clothing or other personal items not needed for field research
      excess baggage and moving expenses such as telephone connection, cable, furniture etc.
      telephone and communications expenses (including cellular phones)
      travel not related to the doctoral research, including conference attendance
      purchase of automobiles or other vehicles and automobile insurance and maintenance
      reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the fellowship grant period


Please note that funds for research are disbursed to Fuller Doctoral Fellows incrementally over the two-
year research period. Fuller Fellows are required to submit receipts for expenses over $25 along with
semi-annual progress reports to ensure continued support from WWF. Therefore it is important that you
follow these guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses. Fellows must receive prior approval
from WWF for expenses not listed above.




              For questions and further information, please contact fullerfund@wwfus.org.
Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowship
2010 Application Form

Press TAB to move to the next field.

I. Personal Information

1. Your name as it appears in official documents:           

2. Family name/surname:

3. Given name:

4. Sex:     female         male

5. Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy):

6. Nationality(ies):

7. Country of residency:

8. Contact information:           home              work          university       other
   If work, please state the name of the organization:
   Full street address:
   City, state or province, and post code:
   Country:
   You can reach me at this address until (dd/mm/yyyy):
   Telephone (include country and city code):
   Email address:

9. Native language(s):

10. Please rate your English language ability:

           poor            fair              good          excellent           native speaker
                                                                                                        Name:

II. Educational and Professional History

11. Beginning with the most recent institution, list all universities and other institutions of higher
    learning attended. Please do not include information on secondary schools.

                                               Degree
                           City and           Obtained?             Major, Degree Subject, or     Start    End
     Institution
                           Country         (Diploma, Certificate,        Specialization           Date     Date
                                                 MS, PhD)




12. Most recent or current place of employment (name of organization):
   City and state or province:
   Country:
   Supervisor’s name and title:
   Supervisor’s email:

13. Your job title at this organization:


14. Please describe your job responsibilities:


15. Please list other paid conservation positions you have held. Begin with your most recent position.

                              Dates employed
        Employer                                      City and Country               Position (title)
                                (from – to)




16. Please describe previous unpaid conservation positions you have held and any conservation-related
    volunteer activities in which have you participated.
                                                                                                    Name:

17. Please list up to five of your most significant awards, publications, or other accomplishments
    relevant to your application.

        1.

        2.

        3.

        4.

        5.

18. What is your current relationship with WWF?

             current employee                   former employee                        current consultant
             relative of employee               work at WWF partner organization               not affiliated
             seconded to WWF from a government agency or other organization
             other (specify):

III. Current Academic Program

19. Name of the academic institution and department/faculty where you will receive your doctoral
    degree.


20. Degree you are pursuing (examples: PhD in conservation biology, etc.):


21. Your degree specialization (10 words or less):


22. Name and title of academic or doctoral research advisor:
        telephone:
        email:

23. Title of doctoral research (dissertation), if available.


24. Location of your proposed research? Please give region, protected area, or community. If possible, give
geographic coordinates of your research site.
                                                                                                             Name:

25. When did you begin your doctoral program (dd/mm/yyyy)?


26. When do you expect to complete your degree (dd/mm/yyyy)?

27. What is the status of your doctoral research?

   not yet approved          approved, not yet started                 in progress           in final write-up phase




IV. Funding Sources and Estimated Research Budget

28. Other funding sources. Please list all funding from sources other than the Fuller Science for Nature Fund that you
    have already secured or have requested from other organizations to support your doctoral research costs. Include the
    amount received or requested in US dollars. Funding from other sources is not required to receive a Fuller Fellowship.
    However, failure to disclose additional funding sources supporting your research may disqualify you from receiving a
    Fuller Fellowship.


                            Amount in        Funding secured?
Source of funding                            If no, provide decision        Items covered by this funding
                            US dollars       date for funding.

                            $

                            $

                            $

                            $

                            $
                                                                                                                Name:

29. Estimated research budget. Please read the section regarding eligible and ineligible expenses before you
    complete this question. Use this table to outline your estimated budget for your doctoral research over a two-year
    period beginning July 1, 2010. Your request from WWF should not exceed $15,000 if you are conducting field-based
    research within your country of study, or $20,000 if field research is outside your country of study. Be as specific as
    possible, listing items such as equipment in separate lines rather than under one heading titled “equipment.” Do not
    include ineligible expenses in this budget table. You may list items that are not listed as either eligible or ineligible.
    WWF will then determine if the expense is appropriate in meeting the goals of the fellowship program. Use the budget
    notes section or attach an additional page to explain budget items in greater detail, if necessary.

                                                                  Amount Covered           Amount
                                             Total Cost in
               Item                                               by Other Funding         Requested from
                                             US$
                                                                  Sources in US$           WWF in US$

               1.                            $                    $                        $

               2.                            $                    $                        $

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               15.                           $                    $                        $
                                             Total amount
                                                                  Total Amount covered
                                             needed for                                    Total request from
               TOTALS                        research from July
                                                                  by other funding
                                                                                           WWF
                                                                  sources
                                             2010-June 2012

                                             $                    $                        $


Budget Notes (include an additional page if necessary)
                                                                                                               Name:

V. Essays
The fellowship selection committee bases its decisions largely on the essay portion of the application. Please provide full and
thoughtful responses to the questions below. Please note that if you receive a Fuller Fellowship and you modify or change
your doctoral research, you must notify WWF.



30. Please describe clearly and concisely the proposed research for your doctoral degree (maximum 4
    pages). Include the following:

         a)   overall issue or problem
         b)   research goals and hypotheses
         c)   brief description of proposed methods
         d)   expected results
         e)   relevance to biodiversity conservation in general and WWF priorities in particular
                                                                                      Name:

31. Describe your immediate career goals after you complete your academic program. How will your
    academic training contribute to your professional goals?
                                                                                            Name:

VI. Applicant Agreement
Please print this page and sign.

Applicant Acceptance Agreement
If awarded a Kathryn S. Fuller Fellowship, I agree to keep World Wildlife Fund informed of my contact
information and academic progress, and to prepare the required reports after the award period, as may be
requested. I understand that if I fail to maintain satisfactory progress or if my conduct is considered
prejudicial to the best interests of the Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Fund, my award may be
withdrawn and payments terminated. I agree, upon acceptance of a Kathryn S. Fuller Fellowship, to
allow my name to be published in association with this program and any related sponsors.

I affirm that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of my statements made in this application and to
WWF staff are true and made in good faith.


_______________________________________________ __________________
Signature                                        Date



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