Second Century Stewardship: Science for America’s National Parks Research Fellowship—Request for Proposals

The partners of the Second Century Stewardship: Science for America’s National Parks announce the availability of Research Fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park. Founded in 2016, Second Century Stewardship (SCS) is a public-private partnership led by Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service (NPS), and the National Park Foundation, with generous support from the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation. SCS seeks to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources. The selected Research Fellows will contribute to strengthening and broadening public understanding of the importance of parks for science and science for parks and society.

The Research Fellows will conduct research to help realize the vision of national parks as places for sharing knowledge, telling science stories, and using science to manage natural and cultural resources and enrich visitor, local community, and employee experiences. The research will help NPS and other organizations adapt and respond to ongoing change and focus on long-term ecological and cultural integrity and viability in a dynamic and challenging future. For more details on the program and the current fellows, visit the Second Century Stewardship website.

Goals of Second Century Stewardship

  • Support stewardship of park resources through advancing conservation and ecosystem science
  • Strengthen public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.
  • Increase public engagement with science
  • Pursue solutions to critical conservation challenges

Number of fellowships, award amount, and timing

We expect to award two or three fellowships of up to $20,000 each. Announcement of the awards will be made in spring 2022. Duration is for one to two years.

COVID-19 considerations

There remains much uncertainty about the future of COVID-19 and how research in Acadia could be affected in 2022. We will follow local, state, and federal guidelines for health and safety. We understand that projects may have to adjust to the realities of the pandemic and we will be flexible in regards to project scope, logistics, and timeline. In the application, please assume that you will be able to conduct your project as planned but be prepared to adapt as realities necessitate.

Relevant research topics

Relevant research topics may include, but are not limited to (in alphabetical order, not by priority): archeology, botany, citizen science, climate change, communication, conservation, cultural resources, ecology, economics, education, geology, historic preservation, natural resources, recreation, restoration, social science, sustainability, and projects that cross or combine disciplines.

Who should apply

We encourage early-career scientists, assistant professors, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students to apply. Applicants must be U.S. residents and at least 18 years in age. Employees of NPS and Schoodic Institute are not eligible to apply.

Informational webinar

An overview of Second Century Stewardship, the Research Fellowship, the application process, and park research priorities will be held on Monday, September 14 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. We strongly recommend that you attend the 90-minute webinar. Please register here. The webinar will be recorded and available here for those unable to attend.

Notification of Awards : The fellows will be announced in Spring 2022.

Application Deadline : Proposals must be submitted by 05:00 P.M. Eastern U.S. time on October 28, 2021.


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