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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, and increased relevance and inclusion.

Addressing these needs, and building on the success of Second Century Stewardship, Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service are pleased to announce the Acadia Science Fellowship. These new, $30,000 awards seek to support early-career scientists doing innovative, management-relevant research in Acadia; telling stories of park science that inform, inspire, and reach new audiences; and engaging the public in ways that stimulate learning, curiosity, and concern for Acadia and national parks more broadly.

Between 2016 and 2023, Second Century Stewardship supported twenty fellows whose research has contributed to park resource management, and in many cases has led to additional or broader science collaborations in Acadia National Park and beyond.

Research proposals on a wide variety of topics are invited, but must address priority resource management issues in Acadia, such as climate change adaptation. The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2023.

A webinar overview of the Acadia Science Fellowship, the application process, and park research priorities will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. Visit for more information, webinar registration and recording after October 3, and the application portal.