Howard and Dede Brokaw Ornithology Fellowship

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce 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.

Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to (or Delaware Museum of Natural History, Attn: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807-0937). The submission deadline is Friday, April 6. The cover letter should address:

  • The career goals of the applicant and how the research fellowship would advance their goals.
  • Any special skills and experience the applicant brings to the fellowship.
  • The applicant’s bird watching experience, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • The academic courses taken by the applicant that are relevant to this fellowship (and grade earned).
  • A sample of the applicant’s scientific writing (e.g. a recent lab or project report, blog post).
2018-03-08T12:08:18+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Birds, Blog|