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William L. McLean III Fellowship

The William L. McLean III Fellowship A fellowship for the study of environmental sciences and ornithology.

The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) is pleased to offer a fellowship in support of original graduate research in the fields of environmental science and/or ornithology. A faculty member within BEES must support and approve the application. The fellowship is for one term or up to an academic year, which may cover stipend, fees, tuition and research expenses (such as supplies and travel). Funds may be used for laboratory or field support as well as the final stages of a PhD dissertation.


Current BEES PhD students who have passed candidacy, or will have passed candidacy by the end of Fall Quarter in the upcoming academic year, are eligible for this fellowship.

The successful applicant will be required to serve as a Teaching Fellow for one quarter of the academic year; the quarter will be determined in advance at the discretion of the BEES department.

Required Materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests (less than one page)
  • Two- to three-page description of the project and any progress to-date
  • Budget for one year of fellowship support (do not include stipend or tuition)
  • Letters of support from graduate adviser and one additional faculty member

Application materials should be addressed to:

David Velinsky, PhD
Department Head, BEES

Please email completed application packets to Monet Harbison at


The application deadline is the end of March, with selection made by late June. Funds will be available at the start of the following academic year.