Smith Fellows Program


The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, a competitive early career postdoctoral program in conservation biology, seeks to find solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges in the United States. The Smith Fellows program was established in 1998 by the late Dr. David H. Smith, founder of the Cedar Tree Foundation. Each Fellow’s research is conducted in partnership with a major academic institution and an “on the ground” conservation organization, to help bridge the gap between theory and application. The Fellowship program is a collaboration of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Cedar Tree Foundation.

Program Executive Director, Dr. Michael Dombeck says, “The Smith Fellowship enables young scientists to improve and expand their research skills and direct their research efforts toward problems of pressing conservation concern.” While the Fellows' research projects focus on urgent conservation issues, they also learn first-hand about the challenges and rewards of conservation application. The Program's focus allows Fellows to enlarge their professional opportunities and ensure future success by helping build relationships in the conservation and research communities and by providing opportunities for professional development through targeted workshops and training events.

Dr. David H. Smith established the Smith Fellowship in 1998 at The Nature Conservancy.  In 2005 the Fellowship transitioned to the Society for Conservation Biology in order to include the broader conservation community. The Smith Fellowship seeks to identify and support early-career scientists who will shape the growth of applied conservation science.

Updated 9/2019