Application Deadline for the 2019 NEON-ESA Early Career Scholars (NECS) Program

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

The application deadline for this program is 1:00 PM MDT on June 17, 2019.

Presenting research findings and participating in scientific dialogue are important experiences in the career development of researchers. To support their growth as effective scientists and communicators, the NEON project and the Ecological Society of America (ESA) are pleased to announce a 2019 NEON-ESA Early Career Scholars (NECS) program funded by the National Science Foundation to help cultivate and support a diverse group of early career scholars and practitioners. 

The program is intended for early career scientists interested in going to ESA 2019 and using (or learning more about using) NEON for their research. Interested applicants need to apply by June 17, 2019.

Once the application deadline closes, a review committee, with representatives from the NEON project and ESA, will select and support a cohort of early career scientists to attend the 2019 Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Louisville, KY. We encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Selected participants will receive $1500 to offset registration and travel expenses associated with attending the 2019 ESA meeting. The funds will be provided following participation in the conference including the following NEON activities.  A cohort of early career scientists to attend the 2019 ESA conference in Louisville, KY. While at the conference they will attend two ESA workshops led by NEON project staff:

  1. Access and Work with NEON Data workshop on Sunday, August 11, 2019 that will provide an introduction to discovering, accessing and preparing a variety of NEON data for research, and
  2. Beyond Data: Navigating NEON Resources” workshop on Thursday August 15, 2019 where NECS recipients can interact with researchers using NEON data and resources.

They are also requested to attend two of three other sessions to learn about how other researchers and educators are using NEON and related data:

  1. Biodiversity Data Dialogues, Monday 10:15-11:30
  2. Ecology and the Data Science Bandwagon: Broadening Undergraduate Quantitative Education; Monday 10:15-11:30
  3. Tales from NEON Users (Inspire Session); Friday 8:00-11:15

The 2019 cohort will also participate in an event on Sunday evening at the ESA annual meeting, where NECS will network with each other, NEON program science staff, and other researchers using NEON data about their own research ideas and projects.

NEON-ESA Early Career Scholars Stipend: $1500/participant to offset registration and travel expenses associated with attending the 2019 Ecological Society of America meeting in Louisville, KY, to be provided following participation in the conference and NEON activities. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be within 5 years of receiving their terminal degree or currently be enrolled full-time in a graduate program.
  2. All applicants must agree to attend the NEON-releated activities, mentioned above, held in conjunction with the ESA conference.
  3. Applicant must currently use or demonstrate an interest in using NEON data in their research or education program. 
  4. Applicant must agree to submit a short science communication reflection piece(<500 words) about their NEON-ESA Early Career Scholars experience for use by NEON and ESA.   
  5. Recipients of an NEON-ESA Early Career Scholar award in past years are not eligible.

Selection is competitive and based on:

  1. The attendance and participation at ESA being a unique opportunity for the Awardee.
  2. Alignment of educational and career goals with the NEON program.
  3. Contribution to NSF’s commitment to broadening participant in STEM fields.

Important Deadlines

  • Application deadline: 1:00 PM MDT on June 17, 2019
  • Selection notifications will occur by June 25, 2019 (2 days before ESA Early Bird Registration closes)

To apply: