2019 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship call for applications



The Grand Teton Association (GTA) offers a fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting lesser-known aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem–Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Memorial Parkway, and surrounding lands. Projects that cover multiple parks or cross jurisdictions are encouraged. The fellowship especially seeks to advance studies of ecosystem elements such as air and water; geologic elements and processes; plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fungi; and social science related to public understanding of natural resources use or management. Projects may extend over several seasons, and must comply with appropriate agency regulations and permits (separately administered from this fellowship). Application forms can be found at https://uwnps.org/.

Graduate students pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals to be judged on the following:

  • The value of information to be gained by the scientific community and resource managers
  • Technical soundness, clarity of problem definition, and uniqueness of the proposed study
  • Qualifications of the student and their major advisor/institution,
  • How the researcher will provide results and outreach to resource managers and interested public, and a
  • Budget clearly indicating the total project costs, including other contributions in addition to this fellowship;- GTA is a charitable entity and does not fund indirect costs for the fellowship; 100% of the awarded amount must be used for the project as outlined. Proposals for which the fellowship would provide a major portion of a new or recently begun study receive higher

Seasonal summer housing may be available at the UWNPS Research Center in Grand Teton NP–if desired, project budgets should include housing costs at $20 per night and housing should be requested separately (https://uwnps.org/).

Awardees must provide annual progress reports to GTA, a summary report or publication, and one or more educational products to facilitate information transfer beyond the scientific audience, including a presentation to site managers, the public, or a non-technical article.

Fellowship Program Schedule:

December 17, 2018      Call for 2019 Boyd Evison Fellowship proposals

January 25, 2019          Fellowship applications must be postmarked

April 5, 2019                   Fellowship awarded

Summer 2019                 Research begins

December 31, 2021      Completion of project (degree may be conferred later)

The fellowship honors Boyd Evison, one of the National Park Service’s greatest leaders and supporters of expanding scientific knowledge to help shape wise management decisions and maintain uncompromised native resources. After his exemplary NPS career, Mr. Evison directed the Grand Teton Association prior to his death in 2002.

For more information contact: Grand Teton Association, 307-739-3606, or Sue Consolo-Murphy, Grand Teton National Park Chief of Science & Resource Management, at 307-739-3481.

Information about previous fellowship awardees and project titles can be found at https://www.nps.gov/grte/learn/historyculture/evison.ht

A PDF with full instructions and application form is available here.