Graduate Fellowships

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UA Sky School

Opportunity Description: 

For the 2018-19 academic year, UA Sky School will be offering graduate fellowships for open Sky School instructor positions. The fellowships are designed to connect graduate students with K-12 students as research mentors and educators during residential or daytime educational programs. The fellowship is a unique opportunity to gain experience with science education and communication. Sky School staff will provide training for effective mentoring of students. Instructors will mentor groups of K-12 students on 1-4 day programs throughout the year at our Mt Lemmon campus or at schools in the Tucson area. Programs include instruction on general themes relevant to sciences in the sky island region—ecology, geology, hydrology, dendrochronology, soil science, astronomy, culture, and history—as well as opportunities for students to conduct outdoor inquiry projects on topics of their choice. Sky School staff will provide feedback to instructors on improving their facilitation and teaching skills.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Arizona for 2018-2019. Those accepted must have transportation available to travel to program sites—locations in the Coronado National Forest, including our Mt. Lemmon campus, and schools within the greater Tucson area. Carpooling is often available. Some programs require overnight stays at the Mt. Lemmon campus. Graduate students may receive this fellowship more than once and do not need to be United States citizens.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be primarily evaluated for the ability to communicate with and relate to participants. Also important is the ability to explain your own research to young people, from elementary to high school ages. A research connection to resources unique to Mount Lemmon or the Sonoran Desert is helpful, but not necessary. We try to maximize the diversity of subject areas covered by all fellows. Applicants in non-science majors are welcome if they can show significant experience with scientific inquiry and/or engineering design. Experience teaching or mentoring youth as well as experience in the outdoors are helpful, but not required. Instructors will ideally represent diverse backgrounds and research areas. Applicants early in their graduate programs are especially encouraged to apply to facilitate holding a multi-year fellowship with the Sky School.

More information and application materials can be found at:


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Required Documents: 
Cover Letter
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Application Process

Please email application materials to Interviews and hiring will be ongoing until all positions are filled. Our first staff training will be held in early September, 2018 at our Mt. Lemmon campus.

Application materials:

● Brief statement of interest, explaining your prior experience and qualifications, your desired personal outcomes for the fellowship, your availability for Tucson-area vs. Mt. Lemmon programs, and any preferred age ranges to teach (elementary, middle, high school). One page limit.

● Brief description of your research interests written at a level appropriate to generate understanding and curiosity for a typical 8th grade student (one page limit)

● Curriculum vitae, including any past educational, outdoor, or outreach activities relevant to this fellowship (two page limit)

● Letter of support from your advisor (can be sent under separate cover)