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Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


Resources for the Future (RFF) will award resident fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year in honor of Gilbert F. White, retired chairman of the RFF Board of Directors, distinguished geographer, and statesman of science. The fellowships are intended for researchers who have a doctorate degree and wish to devote a year to scholarly work in areas related to natural resources, energy, or the environment.  


Social scientists, as well as natural scientists, interested in policy-relevant interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Because fellows will interact closely with RFF researchers, selection criteria will
include the nature of the applicant’s proposed research program and how it fits with RFF work in progress.

Click here to apply.


The award is open to individuals in any discipline who have completed their doctoral requirements by the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. Teaching and/or research experience at the postdoctoral level is preferred, though not essential. Individuals holding positions in government, as well as at academic institutions, are eligible.


Gilbert White Fellows are normally in residence at RFF for 11 months.


Fellows receive an annual stipend based upon their current salary and also receive research support, office facilities at RFF, and an allowance of up to $1,000 for moving or living expenses. This stipend may be supplemented by other sources if the supplement does not divert the fellow from his or her research. Typically, visiting fellows have sabbatical support from their home institutions. Fellowships do not provide medical insurance or other RFF fringe benefits. Neither Social Security nor tax payments are deducted from the stipend.

Application Materials

Individuals interested in applying should submit: (1) a completed application form available here; (2) a cover letter; (3) a curriculum vitae including educational background, professional experience, honors and awards received, a list of publications, and a description of significant research completed, but not published; (4) a statement of proposed research (not more than 10 double-spaced pages); (5) a project budget; and (6) three letters of recommendation from fellow faculty members or colleagues. The proposal should address the main hypothesis or major objective of the research and should include a description of the methods to be used, as well as an explanation of the anticipated contribution of the project and the importance of the results. Because Gilbert White Fellows interact closely with RFF researchers, the proposal should also contain a discussion of how the work fits with current RFF research and how an association would be mutually beneficial.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is February 21, 2015.

The curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research, and project budget must be uploaded with the application form available here. Reference letters should be sent either by email to or by post mail to: Coordinator for Academic Programs—White Award, Resources for the Future, 1616 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1400, Phone: 202.328.5020 Fax: 202.939.3460. Announcement of the award will be made in April.

The program is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, provided the latter have proper work and residency documentation.

RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

AAP Statement: Resources for the Future’s Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) is available for applicants and employees to review in the department of Human Resources. Requests to review the AAP can be made during business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Please contact Mara Parrish, HR Manager, at 202.328.5053.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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