Components and Eligibility | Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

Components and Eligibility

The National Science Foundation requires that eligible students must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents formally enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. university. NSF's mission encourages the application of promising and talented students from underrepresented groups, first-generation, and in high-financial-need college students. The application and selection process is competitive. No previous experience or background is required. However, applicants are expected to be motivated, intellectually driven, willing to learn and embrace interdisciplinary research in a remote area in the southern tip of South America, where often conditions are not as those at home in the U.S. Students are also expected to be open-minded, be willing to share and interact with locals, peers, and researchers and learn the challenges of responding complex questions to address environmental issues in remote areas.

Students must submit the following:

1. Statement of intent

2. Curriculum vitae/resumé

3. Two letters of reference.

Due date for December 2022 program application is September 21, 2022.

Due date for May 2023 program application is January 21, 2023

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While the on-site research component of the IRES requires at least 21 days of research performed in Chile, students must also be willing and able to participate in orientation sessions, research meetings, meet with mentors as requested, take Spanish short-course(s), if needed, and to submit required documentation, assignments, and pre- and post- assessments in a timely manner. Airfare, room and board, short language course(s), health insurance, basics expenses to present the results at a professional meeting or conference, and a stipend will be provided to the students selected.

Students will be partnered with a U.S. and a Chile based mentor, dependent on their backgrounds and role in the research project.


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