Apply for the GeoField Fellowship Opportunity at Global Research Institute, William & Mary

The Global Research Institute (GRI) empowers teams of William & Mary students and faculty to make a difference in the world. We are a multidisciplinary hub that applies scholarly research to real world problems, investing in outstanding student and faculty scholars to catalyze new insights and cultivate the next generation of global leaders. Based in the Office of the Provost, GRI supports a whole of university approach to advance W&M by developing ideas, convening partners, creating and analyzing data, and inventing new methods.

Application Deadkine: 30 November 2023

Unit Mission Statement

The Institute’s approach to incubate and scale and applied research helps researchers push research frontiers and produce insights that matter at W&M and beyond. At any time, under the auspices of the Institute there are several research projects, most grant-funded, with the largest being AidData.
AidData produces novel data, tools, and research that answers the question: who is funding, what, where, for whom, and to what effect around the world? AidData has an explicit focus on data and research that meets high academic standards but is also accessible and relevant for a broad audience of international relations practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and scholars. AidData’s work is made possible by generous financial support of international organizations such as the World Bank and United Nations, private philanthropies such as the Hewlett and Gates Foundations, and government agencies such as the US Department of State and USAID.

Position Summary

AidData, a lab at the Global Research Institute (GRI) at William & Mary, invites applications for three three-month Graduate fellowships with potential extension of another three months during the spring of 2024. Through this fellowship, individuals will engage in cutting-edge geospatial research, including research design, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation. The objective of this fellowship is to develop and apply critical geospatial skills for academic and non-academic purposes. This position is classified as a temporary position.

The selected fellows will work on the following projects:

  1. Estimate evapotranspiration of crops in Bangladesh using Sentinel and high-resolution imagery
  2. Develop land suitability models for establishing rainwater harvesting systems in African drylands.
  3. Develop mapping scheme using PlanetScope imagery in GEE setting.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree or first-year of a Ph.D. in Physical Geography, Computer Science, Spatial/Geospatial Science, Forestry and Natural Resources, Spatial Hydrology, and Environmental Engineering, or a related field.
Successfully completed coursework in Geospatial Science (i.e., remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems – GIS) and have advanced skills in geospatial analysis with a text-based interface (i.e., R, GEE, Python).

Prior experience with machine learning techniques

Experience working with time series spatial data (e.g., remotely sensed imagery, in-situ observations)
This fellowship is for US-based students with a visa valid until the completion of the work. No work visa sponsorship available.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Programming in R and/or in GEE via JavaScript
  • Previous experience working with interdisciplinary research teams
  • Knowledge of eco-hydrologic models

How to Apply

To apply, candidates will be required to submit a resume, a 250-word proposal for the selected project, and cover letter. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Kunwar K. Singh ([email protected]).

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