In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and
graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2018 the
International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two
graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are
Master of Science/Arts (MSc/MA) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland
fire or wildland fire related topics.
We encourage applications from students studying any aspect of
wildland fire be it from the perspective of physical, ecological or social
science to less traditional subject areas as well: we are looking through this
scholarship to recognize and support any type of research relevant to the
global wildland fire community.
The application period will be open between 12 February 2018 and
2 April 2018. Scholarship recipients will be announced by the end of May
Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD
applicants based the student’s submitted essay. Please see the guidelines and
application information for details.
Guidelines and Application information
1) The applicant must be a member of IAWF at the time of
application and remain so at least during his/her award period. Visit
IAWF web site for details on membership application (http://www.iawfonline.org) and
visit the Membership/Benefits for online membership application.
2) The applicant must be enrolled full-time in graduate school
with, at the closing date of the scholarship application period, at least 8
months remaining in their program if they are an MSc candidate or 12 months
remaining if they are a PhD candidate.
3) The applicant must submit a 500-750 (750 maximum) word essay
submitted in English that includes 3 components: (UPLOAD BELOW)
(i) a description of how
they have or will overcome challenges and/or barriers associated with their academic
program and associated research. These challenges and/or barriers may include,
but are not limited to:
§ location of the research (e.g.,
field site, laboratory, geographic region)
§ subject area being studied (e.g.,
non-traditional or evolving research area)
§ country/region of origin or other
(ii) a description of how the international fire community
will benefit from completion of their post graduate studies; and
(iii) a statement of the anticipated benefit the scholarship
would bring to the student with particular emphasis on (but not limited to) how
scholarship funds would be used to further their research goals and/or allow
the dissemination of research to the fire management community (an example
would be additional meetings, workshops or conferences attended).
4) The applicant must arrange for a letter of support written in
English to be submitted on their behalf by their primary thesis supervisor. The
letter of support must confirm: (1) the student is enrolled in an MSc or PhD
program under their supervision; (2) the student has at least 8 months (MSc
applicants) or 12 months (PhD applicants) remaining in the program at the time
of application; (3) the content of the student’s essay is accurate; and (4) the
student has the ability to successfully complete the work. The letter may be
uploaded below or emailed to Mikel Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org)
5) Upon completing his/her degree, all scholarship recipients
will submit to the Association a copy of the signature page approving the
thesis or other similar academic requirement, and a copy of the abstract that
appears in the body of the thesis. These materials will be transmitted by the
student under a cover letter that states the IAWF is permitted to use the
information in these materials in publications of their choosing. The purpose
of this authorization/waiver is to allow the IAWF to highlight the success of
this program and those of the students sponsored.
6) Scholarship recipients will acknowledge the financial support
of the IAWF in all publications or manuscripts arising from work sponsored in
part by this scholarship.
7) Completed applications must be received no later than 2 April 2018.
Essay formatting instructions
Your name should appear at the top of each page and all pages
must be numbered.
The text should be double-spaced on Letter (8.5 x 11 inch) or A4
(21 x 29.7 cm) paper. Your completed student essay, including the body of the
text and any references, figure or table captions, must not exceed 750
words. Submissions that exceed 750 words, determined from an electronic word
count, will be disqualified.
Accepted formats - WORD and PDF.