Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Funding Agency:
Resources for the Future

RFF awards resident fellowships in honor of Gilbert F. White, retired chairman of the RFF Board of Directors, distinguished geographer, and statesman of science.

The fellowship is intended for researchers in any discipline who have a doctoral degree (completed their doctoral requirements by the beginning of the academic year for which they are applying) and intend to devote a year to scholarly work in areas related to natural resources, energy, or the environment. Social scientists, as well as natural scientists, interested in policy-relevant interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Teaching and/or research experience at the postdoctoral level is preferred, though not essential. Individuals holding positions in government, as well as at academic institutions, are also eligible.

Applications are received throughout the year.

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Amount Description

Gilbert F. White Fellows receive an annual stipend based on their current salary and also receive research support, office facilities at RFF, and an allowance of up to $1,000 for moving or living expenses. This stipend may be supplemented by other sources if the supplement does not divert the fellow from his or her research.

Typically, Gilbert F. White Fellows have sabbatical support from their home institutions. Gilbert F. White Fellowships do not provide medical insurance or other RFF fringe benefits. Social Security and tax payments are not deducted from the stipend.

Funding Type



Post Doctoral Fellows


Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences