Fellowships

Mpala Fellowship Program from the Meeker Family Fund

The Mpala Fellowship from the Meeker Family Fund in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies seek to identify and support students from CSDES and other African universities who combine extraordinary talent and accomplishment with a demonstrated academic commitment to careers and leadership in conservation in Africa. Applicants must be Kenyan nationals who have completed the first two years of a four year baccalaureate degree program and have selected an area of academic concentration which will likely lead to a conservation career or those who already hold a bachelor’s degree and will be entering a master’s program in an area of conservation science. Fellowships will normally be granted for two years, with funding for year two subject to successful completion of year one. During the Fellowship years, students will be expected to attend courses or conduct independent field work at the Mpala Research Centre within the Mpala Conservancy.  During their time on Mpala, students will be eligible to participate in the intellectual and community activities that take place regularly with senior investigators, research assistants, and undergraduate and graduate students at the Research Centre. Please read the announcement below for more information and how to apply.


Mpala Fellowship Program Announcement

Mpala Fellowship Program Application Form

Smithsonian Institution and Mpala Postdoctoral Fellow

Mpala Postdoctoral Fellow in biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, soil science or related areas in residence at Smithsonian facilities AND Mpala Research Centre, Kenya.

In addition to the standard conditions for Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowships, the following apply: (1) the research topic must be in area of science supported by Smithsonian that is also appropriate to Mpala; (2) at least one half of the fellowship period will be spent in residence at Mpala; (3) the fellow must be sponsored by a scientist at an appropriate Smithsonian unit (collaboration with multiple units is encouraged); and (4) the fellow must also collaborate with an appropriate Kenyan organization (usually National Museums of Kenya or Kenya Wildlife Service; collaboration with the international organizations in Kenya, such as the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology, see www.icipe.org , is also encouraged). The fellow is expected to actively participate in the science community at Mpala, including participation in lectures, field courses, etc. The appointment would be one or two years. Stipends and tenure vary. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.

*Deadline: January 15 annually. Contact: Office of Research Training and Services, Smithsonian Institution, Victor Building 9300, MRC 902 P.O. Box 37012, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012, 202.275.0655, E-mail: [email protected] , www.si.edu/research+study

Princeton Grand Challenge/Mpala Scholarships

One scholarship is awarded to each of four village primary schools in the Laikipia District: Mpala Primary, Naipiere Primary, Il Motiok Primary, and Ewaso Primary. The scholarship helps a recent primary school graduate attend a secondary school institution and receive a higher education.
Supported by the Grand Challenges program of Princeton University.