Eco-DAS 2020

Apply to attend Eco-DAS XIV!


Continuing travel and conference restrictions prevent holding Eco-DAS XIV as originally scheduled in October 2020.  The symposium will be postponed to a later date, to be determined by the pace at which travel and conference restrictions return to normal.  The application deadline has been suspended.  Given the pace of recovery from the pandemic, we do not anticipate setting a new deadline before October 2020.  In the meantime, we welcome applications for the rescheduled event and all applications will be considered on an equal basis.  Despite the postponement, your efforts in preparing your application will not be wasted!

The 2020 symposium will be held at the East-West Center adjacent to the University of Hawai`i campus in Honolulu, Hawai`i. Applicants should have received their PhD on or after 1 June 2019, or expect to receive it before 1 June 2021. The dissertation work of the applicant must deal with an important ecological problem in oceanography or limnology. Applications will include: a current resume, a letter of support from the applicants current (graduate or postdoctoral) advisor, an additional letter of support from another individual familiar with the applicant's background (optional), a personal statement regarding the applicants goals and reasons for applying (2 pages maximum), and a substantive outline of a proposed collaborative manuscript (3 pages maximum). All travel and on-site expenses will be paid by the program.

Letters of support may be provided with the application, or emailed separately to (deadline 30 July).

For more information regarding the symposium, read the other Eco-DAS pages on this website or contact

Past symposia have resulted in proceedings volumes published as Limnology and Oceanography e-Books; individual articles appearing in Limnology and Oceanography: LettersLimnology and Oceanography: Fluids and EnvironmentsLimnology and Oceanography BulletinF1000 Research, Oecologia, Environmental Evidence and other journals; and the Wikiproject Limnology and Oceanography.

Eco-DAS funding is provided by NSF (Award OCE-1925796) and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.


Eco-DAS 2020 Application

  • Section 1 - Background Information

    Please provide the requested information. Required fields are designated with an asterisk.
  • Enter your full name.
  • Please double-check that your email address is correct (no typos)!
  • Enter the date you received, or expect to receive your PhD. It should be between 1 June 2019 and 30 June 2021.
  • Some Eco-DAS sponsors are particularly interested in supporting international participants. Please provide your nationality and the country in which you currently live and work. If you live and work in the US but are not a US citizen, please provide your visa status.
  • Please provide the name and email for your PhD or postdoctoral advisor (at least one is required). We will only contact your advisor if we do not receive the expected letter of support. It is your responsibility to ask your advisor to email their letter of support, or to provide it to you for uploading with your application. If emailed, letters of support must be received by 29 May 2020. Be sure to provide your advisor with information about the course and a copy of your application. Letters should be emailed to Alternatively, you may upload letters of reference together with your application, by 15 May.
  • You may ask another individual to offer a letter of support, either emailed directly to (deadline 29 May), or provided to you for upload with your application (deadline 15 May). We ask for their information here to know whether to expect a letter of support.
  • Eco-DAS typically includes panels, discussions, presentations, mini-workshops, or other activities related to professional development. Please mention any professional development activities of particular interest to you - preferably activities that are not readily available at your home institution.
  • Section 2 - Upload Files

    Please provide the following information by uploading individual files (PDF preferred), one file per category. These files are critically important to your application!
  • Provide a current resume/CV in PDF format. Please name the file yourlastname_resume.pdf.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Provide a personal statement (PDF format, 1-2 pages), explaining your goals and reasons for applying. Please name the file yourlastname_statement.pdf.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Provide a substantive outline (PDF format, no more than 3 pages) of an idea for a manuscript that would be written in collaboration with one or more fellow Eco-DAS participants. Please identify the areas of expertise that you would look for in co-authors. Name the file yourlastname_outline.pdf
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • A letter of support from your PhD or postdoctoral advisor is required. You can upload the letter with your application (deadline 15 May), or your advisor can email the letter directly to (deadline 29 May).
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • You may submit one additional letter of support from someone other than your current advisor. This additional letter is optional and you will not be penalized for NOT providing one. You can upload the letter with your application (deadline 15 May), or the individual providing the letter can email it directly to (deadline 29 May).
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
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