William W. and Evelyn M. Taylor Endowed Fellowship for International Engagement in Coupled Humans and Natural Systems

Michigan State University graduate students engaged in international fisheries, wildlife, or water-related research in the vein of coupled human and natural systems are invited to apply for fellowships, up to $5,000, through The William W. and Evelyn M. Taylor Endowed Fellowship for International Engagement in Coupled Human and Natural Systems.

This fellowship was established by William W. Taylor (and his wife, Evelyn Taylor), who currently is a University Distinguished Professor in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability and who served as Chairperson of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife from 1992-2008.  The goal of the endowment is to provide opportunities for fisheries and wildlife-related graduate students to significantly engage in understanding the scientific and cultural challenges and opportunities dealing with coupled human and natural systems at the global level. 

Applications for this graduate fellowship are due Monday, March 2, 2020.  The application information below should be sent to Jennifer Mitchell (mitch386@msu.edu).  Please include “Fellowship Application” in the Subject Line.

Application Information

  1. Applicants must write a reflective essay (no more than 3 single-spaced pages) that describes the individual’s leadership skills, persistence, compassion, adaptability, flexibility, and appreciation/respect for multi-cultural experiences. In addition, this essay should include:
    1. The activities planned and expected outcomes of their engagement and importance of their work in a global context
    2. The applicant’s unique qualifications for pursuing their chosen topic of research and engagement
    3. The applicant’s career goals after graduation
    4. The applicant’s plan for international engagement after the fellowship
    5. The applicant’s plan for sharing their experiences with others; particularly with policy makers and the public
  2. Letter of support from host country mentor and agency
  3. Letter of support from major professor at MSU

For more information, please contact: 

William W. Taylor, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor in Global Fisheries Systems 
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability 
Michigan State University 
1405 S. Harrison Rd. 
115 Manly Miles Building 
East Lansing, MI 48823 
517-432-5025 (office phone) 
517-290-7790 (cell phone)
517-884-8511 (fax)

  1. Recipients must be enrolled as graduate students at MSU and performing research related to sustainability of fish, wildlife, or water resources using a coupled human and natural systems approach.
  2. Recipients must:
    1. have demonstrated academic excellence.
    2. articulate their commitment to research goals well matched to the fellowship, showing evidence of leadership abilities and the capacity to make a distinctive professional or scholarly contribution.
    3. contribute to a diverse educational community, as evidenced in personal history and experience, research goals, or the promotion of understanding among persons of different backgrounds and ideas.
Funding Amount: 
up to $5,000
Semester Due: 
Spring Semester