A graphic showing four circles. Circle 1. Acadia Science Fellowship. Circle 2. Forward-Thinking Inclusive Research. Circle 3. Stories to Build Public Awareness. Circle 4. Responsive to Park PrioritiesAbout

Protecting Acadia’s environmental and cultural heritage in today’s rapidly changing world demands high-quality, forward-looking science, greater access to and engagement with science, improved science communication skills, and increased relevance and inclusion.

Building on the success of Second Century Stewardship, Schoodic Institute will support a new generation of talented scientists doing innovative, management-relevant research; telling stories of park science that inform, inspire, and reach new audiences; and engage the public in ways that stimulate learning, curiosity, and concern for Acadia and national parks more broadly.

Supported by strong public-private partnerships, the Acadia Science Fellowship is responsive to park management priorities as research projects are developed.

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Information about proposals for 2025 research will be posted here in Summer 2024. In the meantime, learn more about the fellowship by downloading a PDF version of the 2024 Request for Proposals and accessing the informational webinar.

Please contact asfellow@schoodicinstute.org with questions about the fellowship or application process.

Support

The Acadia Science Fellowship is a partnership between Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service with support from the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation and the Sibley-Saltonstall Family Foundation as well as individual donors. 

Origin

The Acadia Science Fellowship will support its first cohort in 2024. It builds on the success of Second Century Stewardship, which enabled twenty early-career researchers to conduct research in Acadia National Park, helping to guide management actions in the park, and supported science communication and citizen science training across the National Park System and celebrated the stories of science in parks between 2016-2023.

Second Century Stewardship was launched on June 25, 2016, when David Shaw announced a $1 million gift to set in motion a vision of the next century’s legacy for America’s national parks. It was a collaboration of Schoodic Institute, National Park Service, National Park Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation. For nearly a decade, the initiative advanced critical science in Acadia and it continues to inspire audiences of all ages by inviting visitors and others to engage with science in parks.

Past Fellows

Meet the twenty fellows and learn about and their research projects that were supported through Second Century Stewardship here.