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The Leopold Leadership Program is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellowships. Please forward this e-mail to anyone you know who might be interested. Information about the fellowship, including application forms, can be downloaded from the program web site at Leopold Leadership Program Call for Applications - 2009 Fellowships Deadline: Monday, April 14, 2008 The Leopold Leadership Program invites mid-career academic environmental scientists from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) to apply for the 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellowships. The mission of the Leopold Leadership Program is to advance environmental decision making by providing academic environmental scientists with the skills and connections they need to be effective leaders and communicators. Through a competitive process, the Leopold Leadership Program selects up to 20 Fellows annually to participate in an intensive training program designed to build and enhance their skills in communicating with policy makers, media representatives, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and the general public. Our goal is to create a community of engaged scientific leaders to inform decision makers addressing society's most pressing environmental challenges. The program seeks candidates with terminal degrees in a broad range of disciplines including the biological, physical, and social sciences (e.g., economics, political science) and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment (e.g., wildlife veterinary medicine, environmental health, hazardous waste management). Applicants must be employed by an academic institution in North America, be tenured or tenure-track (associate professor level or equivalent or above), and be active in teaching and research. Every applicant must demonstrate: · an academic position (either tenured or tenure track); · an active role in research and teaching in an area of environmental science at a Canadian, Mexican, or U.S.-based higher education or research institution; · a reputation for outstanding science; · evidence of interest in making direct connections between scientific knowledge and environmental issues; · interest, willingness, and an appropriate professional position to synthesize, interpret, and communicate the results of their work to peers, policy makers, the media, and the general public; · passion and capacity to exercise leadership in the environmental science arena and enthusiasm to advocate the importance of science for improved environmental policies and practices; · commitment to participate in the entire two weeks of training and contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits; · intent to share what is learned in the training program with students and colleagues and other stakeholders through courses, workshops, and broader outreach efforts; and · ability and desire to remain an active member of the Leopold Leadership Network after the conclusion of the Fellowship year. The 2009 training schedule is: Session I Session II Trinity Conference Center, CT Washington, D.C. June 12 - 19, 2009 September 11 - 18, 2009 The training is offered in English and focuses on U.S.-based institutions, audiences, and policy making. Full details and application documents are available online at: Support for the Leopold Leadership Program is provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.