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Sponsored by The Procter & Gamble Company

The SETAC / Procter & Gamble Fellowship for Doctoral Research in Environmental Science, sponsored by the Procter & Gamble Company, will provide $15,000 (USD) for 1-year Ph.D. studies. Although this award is offered annually, its focus rotates among Europe/Africa, Asia/Pacific–Latin America, and North America.

The Fellowship for 2015 will target students in North America. Proposals for 2015 must be submitted by 8 September 2014. Topics for the 2015 Fellowship are listed below.

1. Methods to Determine Fate of Chemicals in Solid and Water Waste Systems.

2. Rapid Approaches to Estimate Bioaccumulation, Bioavailability or Mode of Toxicity.

3. Animal Alternative, In Vitro and In Silico Methods for Environmental Assessments.

4. New Methods to Extrapolate Laboratory Measures of Environmental Fate and Effects to the Field.

5. Use of LCA and Other Methods to Assess Sustainability of Chemicals, Products and Energy.

6. Using Environmental Science for Critical Evaluation of "Green Chemistry" and Ecolabel Schemes.

7. Use of Environmental Science and Risk Assessment in Sound Management and Regulation of Chemicals.

Each fellowship recipient is assigned a Procter & Gamble mentor and a SETAC liaison to discuss research progress and to develop links to professionals conducting similar research in business, academia, and government. Each recipient will be invited to give interim and final presentations at regional and global SETAC meetings as well as at a Procter & Gamble Technical Center.

Past Award Winners

  • 2014 - Ling Jin. "Novel Tools to Assess Combined Effect of Bioaccumulative Chemicals in Marine Wildlife." The University of Queensland
  • 2013- Laura Carter. "Predicting the uptake of ionisable compounds into soil invertebrates" University of York, UK
  • 2012 - Brett Blackwell. "Transport and potential biological effects of particulate bound veterinary growth promoters emanating from beef cattle feedyards of the Southern High Plains, USA." Texas Tech University, USA
  • 2011 - Debora Jesabel Perez. "Potential of the wetland macrophyte Bidens laevis L. as biomonitor of genotoxic effects of the insecticide endosulfan." Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • 2010 - Patricks Voua Otomo. "Assessing the Role of Temperature in Metal Toxicity to Soil Organisms by using Biomarkers and Life Cycle Responses." University of Sellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2009 - Michelle Blickley. "Investigating the Bioavailability and Toxicological Effects of Engineered Nanomaterials Quantum Dot, in Marine Teleosts." Duke University, USA
  • 2008 - Sagarika Mohanty. "Effect of Surfactant Enhanced Bioavailability on Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons." Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • 2007 - Nynke Kramer. "The Consequences of Bioavailability in In Vitro Systems." Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • 2006 – Karen Eisenreich. "Comparative Metabolism and Potential Implications of Brominated Flame Retardant Exposure in Two Species of Turtles.” University of Maryland, USA
  • 2005 - Janet Cumming. "Environmental Behavior and Ecotoxicology of Polymeric Quaternary Ammonium Salts as Used in Cosmetic Applications." Griffith University School of Australian Environmental Studies, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2004 - Barbara Luchsinger. "Novel Bioanalytical Technique for Chemically Reactive Species." Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science & Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland.
  • 2003 - Lance J. Schuler. "Collection and Interpretation of Body Residue-Effects Data for Use in Ecological Risk Assessments." Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, USA
  • 2002 - Luis Rodrigo Orrego. "Effect of Pulp & Paper Mill Effluent on Bio Bio River in Central Chile: Use of reproductive, physiological, and biochemical biomarkers." University of Concepción, Chile.

Eligibility:

Doctoral students who are SETAC members and whose research area and academic standing are consistent with the research topics may apply. The student's major professor/dissertation director must have a good academic record and be or become a SETAC member. Because the award is paid to the recipient's institution to cover costs and because no overhead expenses are allowed, it is necessary that an authorized representative approve the application on behalf of the institution and certify that none of the award will be spent on overhead.

Application Instructions:

An applicant should prepare the following materials, in order, and submit electronically as a single PDF file to the SETAC Office, Pensacola, Florida, USA (setac@setac.org). The application packet must contain all of the requested materials to be considered for the award.

  • Cover page containing title of Fellowship, title of research proposal, name and mailing address of applicant and authorized institutional representative, and approval signatures of dissertation director and authorized representative of the institution.
  • A description of the dissertation research prepared by the applicant consisting of:
    • 2 pages maximum a) title, b) objectives, c) rationale, d) relevancy to environmental quality or risk assessment;
    • 2 pages maximum e) general methodological approaches;
    • 2 pages maximum f) significance of anticipated results, and g) a report of progress on work completed on the project to date.

This entire section (a–g) must not exceed6 pages of single-spaced text.

  • A curriculum vitae of the applicant (1-page maximum), transcripts of all graduate work, and a listing of undergraduate courses relevant to the applicant's field of specialization.
  • A letter in support of the applicant from the dissertation director that includes a statement that resources required to conduct the research are available to the applicant and that the proposed research can be completed during the period of the fellowship.
  • One high-resolution photo.

The material requested above should be sent to the SETAC Office, setac@setac.org. Complete application packages must be received on or before 8 September 2014.

Procter & Gamble Statement on Use of Animals in Research*:

Current scientific knowledge and regulatory frameworks can require that animals be used in the development of new methods to safeguard humans and wildlife. There is, however, an expectation that all options to reduce, refine or replace animal use will be incorporated into any research proposal. Applicants should therefore include an evaluation of whether and why vertebrate animal use is necessary for their proposed research and also describe the treatment (i.e., collection, dosing, housing, euthanasia) of any vertebrates to be used in the research. Click here for more on Procter & Gamble's policy on the use of animals in research.

Reports and Acknowledgments:

Copies of the dissertation and any article, paper, or manuscript prepared under the Fellowship are required from the recipient. These should be sent to the above address. Publications resulting from work under the Fellowship should bear the following statement: "This work was supported by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Doctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the Procter & Gamble Company."

Selection of Awardee:

The SETAC Global Awards Committee will evaluate all proposals by using a standardized score sheet. Candidates who do not speak English as a native language may benefit from pre-submission review for grammar and content. (SETAC will not be responsible for pre-submission review.) Announcement of the award will be made at the SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 9–13 November 2014, and at subsequent regional meetings in Asia/Pacific–Latin America or Europe.

Procter & Gamble Statement on the Use of Animals in Research is not officially endorsed by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

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