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NSF REPS program

The Schmitz Lab at the Yale School of the Environment is recruiting a recent grad for a 1-year paid fellowship. The fellow will design an independent project on any topic relating to food webs, ecosystem function, evolutionary ecology, and climate change, as part of a larger NSF project.

The fellow would be based in New Haven CT, with a flexible start date of Sept 1 2021. The fellow will work with the PIs, postdoc, and doctoral students to develop an independent research project, with the goal of generating a first-authored manuscript and presenting at conferences. We will also provide professional development to prepare the fellow for next steps in a STEM career or graduate school.

The fellow will be funded by the National Science Foundation, specifically for recent grads who want to pursue a STEM career, but were unable to have a research experience as an undergraduate student due to pandemic-related interruptions.


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree but not currently enrolled in another degree program
  • Priority placed on students from underrepresented groups, veterans, or those who have not participated in any kind of research experience.
  • Some level of comfort around spiders and ticks (or willingness to be uncomfortable) is preferred.

Interested folks should email with a copy of their cv and brief biosketch (1-paragraph max). Applications for the NSF REPS program are due on July 2nd, so please get in touch as soon as possible. Consideration of candidates will begin June 25th.

Nathalie Sommer
Nathalie Sommer
PhD Candidate