EPA Grad Fellow Props due 2/13/95

Dick Keefe dkeefe at clark.net
Wed Jan 18 22:45:45 EST 1995


CONTENTS OF THIS MESSAGE ARE THE ANNOUNCEMENT-CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR
GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS FROM THE EPA. IT CONTAINS THE INFORMATION
ON AREAS OF INTEREST, STIPENDS AND ALLOWANCES AND SOURCE FOR OBTAINING
AND SUBMITTING.

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1995 Announcement for Graduate Student Fellowships (EPA-600-F-94-041)
Sponsored by the UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

APPLICATION SUBMISSION CLOSING DATE: FEBRUARY 13, 1995
                                     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Apply to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research
and Development, Office of Exploratory Research (8703)
401 M Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20460

SOLICITATION FOR GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS - 1995
OFFICE OF EXPLORATORY RESEARCH

INTRODUCTION

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites applications 
for graduate fellowships in academic disciplines at the forefront of 
environmental science and technology: the physical, biological, and 
social sciences; mathematics and computer science; and engineering. 
These fellowships are intended to help defray costs associated with 
advanced environmentally-oriented study leading to the masters or 
doctoral degree. EPA expects to award approximately 100 new multi-
year graduate fellowships in 1995. The remainder of this notice 
presents pertinent background information and describes the 
application and review process.

BACKGROUND

The mission of the EPA is to provide leadership in the nation's 
environmental science, research, education, and assessment efforts; 
make sound regulatory and program decisions; and carry out effective 
programs and policies to improve and preserve the quality of the 
national and global environment. Science and technology are central 
to virtually every aspect of environmental protection and seem 
certain to take on progressively greater importance during the 
foreseeable future. Both the public and private sectors will need a 
steady stream of well-trained environmental scientists and engineers 
if our society is to meet the environmental challenges of the future. 
Through its office of Research and Development, the EPA is 
anticipating that need by offering financial assistance for advanced 
study in academic disciplines relevant to its mission. 

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or its territories 
or possessions, or lawfully admitted to the United States for 
permanent residence.

EPA graduate fellowships are intended for students already enrolled 
in a full-time graduate program at an accredited U.S. college or 
university.

Women, minorities, and disabled students who are pursuing graduate 
degrees in one of the eligible fields are especially encouraged to 
apply.

TENURE

The term of a graduate fellowship is negotiated with students and 
ordinarily covers a period of 9 to 12 months for each fellowship 
year; funds for unutilized months are forfeited. Students seeking a 
masters degree are supported for a maximum period of two years; 
students seeking doctoral degrees are supported for a maximum period 
of three years. 

STIPENDS AND ALLOWANCES

The Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to $34,000 per year of 
support. A maximum of $68,000 will be provided for masters fellows (2 
years) while doctoral fellows can receive up to $102,000 in support 
(3 years). Individuals accepting this support may not concurrently 
hold other Federal scholarships, fellowships, or traineeships. The 
$34,000 annual support covers stipend, tuition, and expenses as 
follows:

* Stipends during l995-96 will be $17,000 for 12-month tenures and 
prorated monthly at a maximum of $1,417 for shorter periods. Stipends 
are paid directly to the Fellow. At its discretion, each fellowship 
institution may supplement a Fellow's stipend from institutional 
funds in accordance with the supplementation policy of the fellowship 
institution.

* Tuition support will be up to $12,000 per year, depending upon the 
policies of the fellowship institution, paid directly to the 
institution.

* An expense allowance of up to $5,000 (paid to the institution) will 
be provided for the direct benefit of the fellow, e.g., for health 
insurance, books, supplies, and travel to scientific meetings.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION

Each applicant will be evaluated in terms of his/her potential for 
successful graduate study, as evidenced by academic records, faculty 
recommendations, and career goals and objectives. Applicants pursuing 
a masters degree will be evaluated further on their outlined plan of 
study and/or proposed thesis research. Applicants pursuing the 
doctoral degree will be evaluated further on the technical merit of 
their plan of proposed dissertation research and its relevance to the 
EPA mission. Panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers 
selected by EPA will perform the reviews.

In the review process, the applicants will fall into two categories: 
masters and doctoral. Students seeking a masters degree will compete 
against each other, and students seeking a doctoral degree will 
compete against each other.

Selections of awardees will be made by EPA based on the panel 
evaluations, program goals, and availability of funds. The written 
evaluation summarizing the review panel's findings will be made 
available to the applicant.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested students may request an application from the following 
sources:

* Campus offices of Graduate Deans, Deans of Mathematics, Science, 
and Engineering Departments, and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies.
                         or
* Virginia E. Broadway
Attn: Graduate Fellowships Office of Exploratory Research (8703) Room 
3102, NEM
40l M Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20460
E-MAIL BROADWAY.VIRGINIA at EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV Fax No: 202-260-0211
(NOTE DOT      ^  )

APPLICATION:

A complete application consists of the following documents:

* EPA Form 5770-2 (pages 1 and 2), "Fellowship Application"

      Submit an original and two copies.

* EPA Form 5770-4, "Fellowship Applicant Qualifications Inquiry" - 
Recommendations from three scientists or faculty members are 
required.

* EPA Form 5700-49, "Debarment and Suspension Certification" - This 
form should be signed by the applicant.

* One page statement outlining Plan of Study and/or Proposed Thesis 
Research. - This applies to those students seeking a masters degree. 
The statement should be co-signed by the applicant and sponsor.

* A statement (up to five pages) summarizing Plan of Proposed 
Dissertation Research - This applies to those students seeking a 
doctoral degree. The statement should be co-signed by the applicant 
and sponsor.

* Academic transcripts. Transcripts must bear the official 
institutional seal.

PLEASE NOTE: Each applicant should arrange with registrars and 
sponsors to have transcripts and recommendations mailed to the 
applicant in sealed envelopes. The original Form 5770-2 (and two 
copies), sealed transcript(s), sealed recommendations, and statement 
of study/research plans should be placed in one envelope and mailed 
to the following address:

Virginia Broadway
Office of Exploratory Research (8703) Office of Research and 
Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Room NE 3102
401 M Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460
Telephone No: 202-260-7473

Applications will be considered invalid if all of the components (see 
above) are not mailed to EPA in the same envelope.

February 13, 1995: Deadline for receipt of application. It is the 
applicant's responsibility to meet the deadline. If the application 
is mailed within five (5) days prior to receipt date, it is 
recommended that express mail or courier service be used.

Mid-April 1995: EPA will notify all applicants regarding their 
status. The letters of notification will be sent to each applicant's 
permanent address.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS

                        Fields of Specialization
{Note added by poster - detailed listings of "Fields of Specialization"
 are NOT included in this posting. They can be obtained from the  
 original announcement.}



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