The application period has closed for the Brokaw Fellowship, a paid fellowship program for college students and recent graduates in the Bird Department of its Collections and Research Division.

The fellowship is supported by the Brokaw Family Foundation and is named after Howard and Dede Brokaw. Howard was a Founding Patron and former Honorary Trustee of the Museum who contributed to ornithology and bird conservation throughout his life. In 2006, he received the American Ornithological Society’s Marion Jenkinson Award and was a Trustee of the Society for 25 years.

Howard was a strong supporter of bird research and conservation in Delaware. For example, he participated in the first Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas (1983-1987) and was a supporter of the seminal Birds of Delaware. The lead author of this book was Gene Hess, Collections Manager in the Bird Department at the Museum (now retired).

The Museum continues its leadership in bird research and conservation in Delaware through the work of Jean Woods, Curator of Birds. Her current projects include work with the 2nd Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas and her work with the Delaware Shorebird Project.

The Brokaw Fellowship will support a student to work with Dr. Woods in the Bird Department on a research project. Work may range from collecting data to analysis and dissemination of results. Fellows will also have an opportunity to contribute to the Museum’s science communication activities and will be expected to make a presentation about their work.

Eligible students should be pursuing a degree in Biology and have experience as a bird watcher or with other types of bird research. Students should be entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study or may have recently graduated.

Students will be paid an hourly rate commensurate with experience. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks is required (total 160 hours) and may take place anytime during the year.