Forest Fungal Ecology Postdoctoral Research Award
This award supports ecological studies of fungal interactions in old growth forests or other unique or endangered ecosystems. Proposals should address innovative approaches to examining fungal systems or interactions of individuals, or groups of fungi, with hosts or substrates in old growth forests or other sensitive ecosystems. Floristic and systematic studies will not be considered.
Application deadline: February 15th before midnight Pacific Time.
Award amount: We anticipate granting several awards ranging from $1,250-$2,500 each.
- Applicants must be MSA members or must have applied for membership at the time of the award application.
- Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within the past 5 years, who have made significant contributions to our understanding of Forest Fungal Ecology during that time, and who are currently engaged in work in the area as a postdoctoral researcher.
- Application Form.
- A curriculum vitae that includes at least (maximum 3 pages):
a. Name, contact address, email address, and phone number
b. Education and professional history
c. Previous awards and honors
d. Publications and other significant professional output that demonstrate the contribution of the candidate to Forest Fungal Ecology
- A detailed plan of study. The text of this plan of study must be no longer than 5 pages; including tables, figures, and references. Applications that include proposals exceeding the 5-page limit will not be considered. The text of this proposal should be single-spaced and printed in a regular sized font (10 cpi or 12 point) with one-inch margins on all sides, section headings and double spacing between paragraphs may be used to make your proposal easier to read. The proposal must include:
a. Abstract (200-250 words)
b. Introduction: explains what you want to do and why it is interesting or important
d. Methods: demonstrates that the project is feasible and describes how the study will be conducted
e. Significance and preliminary results, if available (be concise in your explanation)
f. Budget and budget justification. Include in this section a timeline to complete the proposal (generally one year) and a plan for dissemination of results
- Copy of the permit or letter requesting a permit if it is needed to work in a sensitive site (as part of the PDF file).
- One letter of support should address the significance of the completed and current work in Forest Fungal Ecology. The reference letter should be sent directly by the individual writing the letter, not the applicant.
To apply: Send one copy of your complete application, including items 1-4 listed above, in electronic format as a single PDF file to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application file should be organized in the same order as described in “Documents Required” and should not exceed more than 8 MB. The file name should contain: the last name of the applicant -“award name” Application (e.g. Smith-Forest Ecology Application).
Confidential letters of reference should be sent separately to: email@example.com. The letter of reference file name should contain: the last name of the applicant-award name-referee letter (e.g. Smith-Forest Ecology-Jackson Letter). The application will be considered to have arrived once all electronic files have been received by the deadline. All documents must be in English to be considered with the exception of the collecting permit
Note: Applicants can expect a notification email from the Awards Committee regarding the outcome of their application within approximately 45 days of the application deadline, in time to register for the annual MSA meeting. We expect all award winners to make every effort to attend the MSA annual meeting and encourage all applicants to concurrently apply for an MSA Travel Award in support of that. Presence at the MSA meeting to accept the award give awardees the opportunity to meet the mycological community, and it gives MSA members an opportunity to meet up the awardees.
Indirect cost is not allowed on MSA awards.
- All awardees must provide a short biography (100-200 words) and a picture (if possible) within two weeks of notification. Please send your bio and picture to the MSA Awards The biographies will be published in Inoculum.
- The award check must be deposited or cashed within 5 months.
- Each award recipient is required to fill out a W-9 form (this form will be provided with the check). This only applies if you have a US Social Security Number. The W-9 form needs to be filled out right after the award ceremony or sent to the MSA membership coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org within two weeks of receiving your award.
- Keep copies of your W-9 and all receipts and expenses that are part of this award. These documents are important and may be necessary for tax purposes.
- Each awardee will contribute a short article about their research to MSA within a year of receiving the award. The articles should be written for a general audience and will be published in Inoculum or other MSA venues (e.g. MSA website). This will be a great opportunity to promote your research to the MSA community. Articles and pictures should be sent to the Award Coordinator by email as a word document.
- Please acknowledge MSA in any products that result from this support (e.g., poster presentations, oral presentations, and scientific articles).
See list of past MSA awardees
Download an Application Form