CCREF/NCCC Young Investigator Scholarship

Through a generous donation from the North Carolina Composting Council chapter, CCREF is pleased to announce a special Young Investigator Scholarship for undergraduate through PhD students studying at a college or university in North Carolina.

The goal of this scholarship is to bring assistance and attention to emerging young professionals in the field of compost research and to spark interest in the future of the composting industry.

The research project for this scholarship must be ongoing during the term of the grant and be research in the fields of composting and compost use. More specifically, the ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, soil nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution, and increasing carbon storage in soils to combat climate change.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of the application cover sheet
  • Submission of research project description - Scholarships Application Requirements
  • One recommendation letter from a professor or supervisor involved in the student's research activities
  • Research must be conducted by a student, during the term of the scholarship, at a college or university in North Carolina.
  • The application must include a budget for the project that includes details on the costs covered by the grant funding and a timeline
  • A final report detailing the project and the results of the project is required

Application will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality of research project concept
  • Soundness of research project design
  • Quality/clarity of research as detailed in the application
  • Perceived value of the research project to composting industry
  • Overall quality and completeness of application

Submission Opens: Immediately

Application Deadline: July 31, 2018
Recipient of the scholarship will be awarded funds to support their research and education. Recipient may also be invited to attend the USCC 2019 or 2020 Annual Conference to display a research poster or to make a presentation.

All materials must be submitted, by July 31, 2018, to

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