Lapham Fellowship FAQ

  1. Is the Fellowship based in Washington D.C. or can Fellows be located in other American Rivers’ locations as well?

This fellowship is based in our D.C. office.  In order to provide the best environment for the science-policy integration we are aiming for, we find the Washington location most suitable for the Fellowship.  However, there is a possibility of relocation to the basin in which you are conducting research in the second year of the Fellowship.

  1. When does the Fellowship begin and end?

The Fellowship begins in June/July of 2019 and lasts for two fiscal years until June of 2021.

  1. Is it a one-time stipend or do you get the stipend each year?

You will receive the stipend each year in the form of biweekly paychecks.

  1. What fields of study are suitable for this Fellowship?

Many. We are interested in Fellowship proposals in the fields of biological and physical sciences, ecology, law, economics, public policy, natural resources management, and any others that might have an application to river conservation.  We encourage applicants to be creative in proposing how their projects might meet the goals and aspirations of the Lapham Fellowship.

  1. What has been the focus area of project in the past?

Past projects have focused on things such as helping river communities adapt to a changing climate through innovative solutions like green infrastructure; managing water supply in the US southeast using forest protection measures; protecting and restoring water quality in urban and headwater streams; and developing and implementing floodplain restoration projects.

  1. Does your project have to be focused on the eastern regions of the United States because the Fellowship is based in the Washington, D.C. office?

No. As a national organization, we focus on rivers and river issues around the country, and the staff in our D.C. office works on river issues nationwide. We recently developed a new strategic plan in which we will be focusing our work in eleven river basins around the country over the next five years. We encourage you to develop a project proposal that best suits your interest and expertise in any one of those river basins. American Rivers’ priority river basins are listed below:

  • Colorado River Basin
  • Rivers of Sothern Appalachia and the Carolinas
  • Sacramento/San Joaquin Rivers
  • Rivers of the Northern Rockies
  • Rivers of the Puget Sound and the Columbia Basin
  • Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint Rivers
  • Delaware River Basin
  • Rivers of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Connecticut River Basin
  • Upper Mississippi River Basin
  • Rivers of the Great Lakes Basin
  1. What is being a Lapham Fellow like?

This Fellowship gives you the inside view of what it is like to be a conservationist in DC. Hear from our current Fellow, Brad Gordon, on what he has learned and enjoyed about this program.

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