Training program fellowship for ECRs in the USA

The NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) for "Improving Reconstructions of Cenozoic pCO2 Change" is pleased to announce an analytical and modeling training program for early-career scientists, which is now open for applications.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.


The program is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards high-quality reconstructions of paleo-pCO2 over the Cenozoic era (and beyond), and is aimed at early-career scientists (graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) enrolled or employed at a US University or research institution. The program will provide financial support ($1,500/fellowship) to obtain expert training in relevant analytical and modeling techniques, either within the US or abroad.

Such techniques include, but are not limited to leaf stomata and d13C, paleosol isotopes, carbon isotope fractionation into algal biomass (alkenones, diatom frustules etc.), boron isotopes, and global carbon cycle modeling.

Funding decisions will evaluate alignment of the proposed work with the goals of the RCN, scientific promise of the applicant, and specific expertise of the laboratory to be visited.


The applicant should submit:
1. a CV
2. a one-page research statement describing the fellowship activity, how it will benefit the applicant’s research program, how it addresses the goals of the RCN, and a brief budget
3. a 1-2 page letter of recommendation from his/her research mentor that includes an evaluation of the applicant and a description of how the fellowship will further the applicant’s research, and
4. written confirmation from the respective (analytical or modeling) laboratory to host and train the applicant in all aspects relevant for the specific procedure.

Selection criteria are based on evidence that high-quality training will lead to capacity-building with subsequent plans for application of the learned technique. RCN strongly encourages applications from women and groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields.


Research visits will have to be completed within six months of the award. The fellowship does not constitute a salary, but is a contribution to traveling and living expenses. Any expenses exceeding the award will have to be carried by the trainee’s home or host institution. A 1-page report is required within three months of completing the fellowship.

Further information

More information on the goals of the RCN can be found under the following link:

For additional questions please email Bärbel Hönisch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and/or Pratigya Polissar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).