The ISE Institutional Fellowships support the field of ethnobiology within academic institutions. Although the skills and understandings generated by ethnobiology are critical to solving the complex social justice and environmental problems of today, the field is chronically under-funded and under-supported. In the past, the Institutional Fellowship Program supported a Fellow based at Oxford University in the UK, following on years of efforts by Darrell Posey to build capacity in this field within Oxford.
Today, this part of the ISE Fellowship Program has been expanded to include a broad range of academic institutions, from both developed and developing countries. The ISE will encourage and support broader forms of collaboration between the Society and host institutions (for example, through workshops on the ISE Code of Ethics, building links between ISE members and researchers at the host institution, etc.). There are three types of Institutional Fellowships that the ISE provides, as funds permit: Senior Fellowships, PhD Fellowships, and Masters Fellowships.
The Senior Fellows are individuals who are well established in their careers and who will use the Fellowship to undertake their own writing and research, while also helping to build capacity within the institution through teaching, developing curricula, mentoring students, and holding workshops and promoting dialogue on ethics, ethnobiology and related issues. Academic achievement and qualifications (PhD) are required, in order to allow this individual to participate fully in the university community and help build the field of ethnoecology. The Fellow could use the funds as part of a sabbatical year based at a host institution. Outcomes supported by the fellowship (e.g., curricula, audio or video of workshop presentations) will be made freely available to the ISE members.
The ISE regrets that this component of the Institutional Fellowships is not currently being offered due to funding constraints. We hope to reestablish this component in the future.
The two-year Fellowship Program for PhD students has been developed to help build expertise in the younger members of the ethnobiology community, and to encourage emerging leaders in this field, the ISE is developing a new two-year component of the . Students can be based at institutions in developed or developing countries, although preference is given to developing country students based in their home country institutions and to Indigenous peoples in all countries. These fellowships will support remarkable individuals undertaking innovative approaches to biocultural research. A significant portion of the grant should be explicitly applied to support elements of the research cycle that are often not encouraged within academic institutions, or financially supported, but are integral to the ISE Code of Ethics and broader views of ethical research. These include, for example, advance consultations and dialogue with communities to ensure research is designed to serve questions and problems identified by local groups; and returning research results in forms of value to communities such as manuals, video, radio, and other means. The PhD Fellows receive $4,500 per year for two years. A portion of the award may also be applied to travel for meetings that further the students’ participation in scientific, non-profit, Indigenous peoples, and other communities addressing biocultural research, ethics, conservation, and related areas. The award includes additional funds from the ISE for the PhD Fellows to participate in ISE Congresses.
Read more about the current PhD Fellows.
Similar to the PhD Fellowships, these smaller one-year fellowships aim to build the capacity of junior members of the ethnobiology community. Students can be based at institutions in developed or developing countries, although preference is given to developing country students based in their home country institutions, and to Indigenous peoples in all countries. A significant portion of the funds for the Masters Fellowships – like those for the PhD Fellowships – should be applied to support elements of the research cycle that are often not encouraged within academic institutions, or financially supported, but are integral to the ISE Code of Ethics and broader views of ethical research. The Masters Fellows receive a one time award of $3,000. The award includes additional funds from the ISE for the Masters Fellows to participate in ISE Congresses.
Read more about the current Masters Fellows.