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Sitka Sound Science Center

 Scientists in Residency Fellowship

Arctic and Subarctic Mid-Career Scientists

Application Announcement for 2018-19



Sitka Sound Science Center will hold 2-3 one-month Scientist in Residency Fellowships (SIRF) for mid-career scientists throughout the 2018/2019 academic year in Sitka, a geographically isolated island community in Southeast Alaska. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The SIRF program brings polar and subarctic scientists to Sitka for one-month mini sabbaticals to allow scientists time to work on completing data analysis, writing research results, thinking about new research questions and how their work can be integrated into other scientific work.  At the same time the SIRF program will provide community engagement opportunities for scientists to give educational presentations in the schools and in a variety of public settings and to participate in science communication training.  The purpose of these outreach activities is to help improve science literacy, provide opportunities for scientists to explain their research to the public and to give students insight into the many career paths available in science. The Fellowship is limited to US Citizens and is intended for mid-career scientists (not graduate students).

Sitka Sound Science Center

Sitka Sound Science Center is a nonprofit Field Station and Marine Laboratory with a mission to increase scientific understanding and awareness of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Alaska. Our vision is to build on Sitka’s legacy as a research and educational community. The Center owns the 1929 Sage Building which was once the scientific classrooms and laboratories of Sheldon Jackson College. We operate a salmon hatchery as a training facility for fisheries management and aquaculture. We also operate a small aquarium that receives thousands of visitors each summer. We have salt and fresh water research facilities that support scientific research and we provide other support and services for visiting scientists from around the nation.


This program is funded by the National Science Foundation. It is intended for mid-career scientists and is not appropriate for graduate students. Each SIRF Fellow will receive a $2,400 stipend, per diem, accommodation at SSSC housing (usually an efficiency apartment), and domestic travel expenses (not to exceed $1,400).

SIRF Fellows must spend the full month in Sitka with one week largely assigned to outreach and education in the classroom (all grade levels) and/or community presentations. Fellows should be prepared for community engagement as the atmosphere in this rural, coastal town is conducive to direct conversations and interactions.  As part of the fellowship Fellows will be required to participate in science communication training to enhance their communication skills specific to rural Alaska.

The application form should be filled out and submitted with the other application materials. Formal education, degrees, and publications are not eligibility requirements, but should be listed if applicable. Your ability to communicate science to a wide audience is equally as valued in this fellowship as your scientific research, as is your willingness to improve upon your communication skills, so please be sure your application reflects this as well.

Download application here:  SIRF Fellowship letter and application_2018-19

Submission: All the information requested on the application form must be submitted for your application to be considered.

Please submit your application materials to

Applications are due at SSSC no later than March 1st.

If you cannot submit electronic copies of your application (Word or PDF) please mail your application to:

Dr. Alexandra Ravelo, Sitka Sound Science Center, 834 Lincoln Street, Sitka, AK 99835

Notification of applicants chosen for the program are anticipated by end of April, 2018.