Call for Applications: Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

We are accepting applications for the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship with Limnology and Oceanography Letters.  Applications must be submitted to the L&O Letters Editor by 25 September 2022.

Program description

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) announces a fourth call for applications for the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship (RCEF). This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for early-career aquatic scientists to expand their experiences in scientific writing, editing, publishing and outreach, and to advance maturation of ASLO's newest journal. Raelyn Cole was Managing Editor of ASLO’s Flagship journal, Limnology and Oceanography, from 1965 to 1996. In her honor, ASLO established the RCEF Fund in 2015. Dale Cole and family made a generous gift as an initial contribution to establish this fund and ASLO provides a matching donation.

Editorial Fellows will gain experience in most aspects and have exposure to all aspects of the editorial and publishing processes by working directly with the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of Limnology & Oceanography Letters, Associate Editors, and the other Raelyn Cole Fellows. The program goals are to:

  • Provide professional development for early-career aquatic scientists in scientific publishing, open-access publishing, peer review, and scientific writing
  • Give Fellows experience in editorial and publishing processes to prepare them for future contributions as an effective writer, reviewer, and editor
  • Provide Fellows opportunities to explore personal interest in some aspect of scientific writing, editing and publishing and to communicate their experiences with fellow early-career scientists
  • Incorporate the perspectives and unique professional challenges of Early Career Researchers in the management of L&O Letters

You can learn about the RCEF and how these goals have been met by current and past Fellows:

Fellows Stipend and Other Benefits

  • $1,500 per year stipend
  • Complimentary membership in ASLO during the Fellowship years
  • Travel support to one ASLO-sponsored meeting annually
  • Travel support to Editors’ Strategy Day at Wiley Publishers

Expectations of Fellows

  • Lead and organize the agenda of monthly virtual meetings with the EIC and other Fellow
  • Work with the EIC to review and update journal policies, practices, and directions
  • Take initiative to use the Fellowship opportunity to explore topics of special interest to the Fellow
  • Communicate experiences with social media posts, blogs, articles in the ASLO Bulletin, workshops, or virtual events
  • Attend strategy meetings with the Wiley publishing staff, ASLO editors, and the ASLO team


Applicants must have completed a PhD at least 1 yr prior and not more than 6 yrs prior to applying. Candidates with special circumstances can request a waiver of this requirement. Applicants must have published at least 5 research articles, at least 3 as first author. Applicants must have served as a reviewer for at least 2 manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals.

Applicants may be in any professional position related to limnology or oceanography at the time of application.

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