killer whale work        SIRF Necropsy Mar 29 2016 (13)       Alison Stimpert

The Sitka Sound Science Center, through funding from the National Science Foundation and the Skaggs Foundation, has established a Scientist in Residency Fellowship (SIRF) at the Center in Sitka. Since 2012, the SIRF program has awarded one-month mini-sabbaticals to preeminent scientists from across the country, allowing them undisturbed time that can be used in a variety of ways: data analysis, manuscript preparation, experimentation, collaboration, or simply thoughtful process. Expenses for travel, one month of lodging, per diem and a small honorarium are provided to each fellow. The scientists are given lab and office space and SSSC provides administrative support. The program also provides community engagement opportunities for scientists to share their research and to help improve science literacy in our community. Navigate to the SIRF drop-down menu to read about past Fellows and catch up on some of their fantastic outreach activities!

The 2017 SIRF Application period is now closed. Thank you to the 36 exceptional scientists who applied! 

Stay tuned for announcements of the selected 2017-2018 SIRF Fellows.

For more information, please contact SIRF Director Lauren Bell at