Passaic River Institute Launches Fellowship Program

PRI is launching a fellowship program to provide two CSAM faculty members with a one-year opportunity to engage in new or seriously extended research.

Appreciating the importance of the Passaic River Basin and the complexity of the challenges, Montclair State University formed the Passaic River Institute (PRI) in 2004 to undertake long-term, extensive, multi-disciplinary scientific studies. The university-based Institute also provides a neutral forum for examining and discussing all aspects of water science and environmental management challenges, such as environmental monitoring and assessment, pollution and contamination, pollution reduction, flooding, sediment remediation, ecosystem restoration, hydrodynamics, social and economic analysis, environmental policy, environmental justice, water resource management, environmental advocacy and environmental education. PRI is actively working on building a scientific community, conducting cutting-edge research, providing environmental trainings and education programs, and promoting public awareness in watershed and sustainability sciences.

With the generous support from the College of Science and Mathematics, PRI is launching a fellowship program to provide two CSAM faculty members with a one-year opportunity that offers 3 TCH release-time per semester to engage in new or seriously extended research focusing on the Passaic River, other riverine systems, estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and watershed management.


Any full time CSAM faculty with a research interest in the Passaic River, other riverine systems, estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and watershed management is eligible to apply. Fellows will be required to attend a weekly meeting to exchange research ideas during the academic year. Additionally, fellows are expected to present a seminar and submit at least one grant proposal for external funding to a major, competitive agency (e.g. NSF, EPA, NOAA, etc.). All applications must include the following items:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Statement of the applicant’s research interests with emphasis on what the applicant expects from and can contribute to the Institute’s mission on promoting environmental research. Specifically, the statement must include research plans relevant to the PRI mission. This Fellowship is not designed to offer release-time to faculty who have a specific research program already underway on the topic of the proposal or who are currently funded by external grants or contracts for the proposed work. In your c.v., you must have a clearly defined list of current and pending funding, noting distinct dates of start and finish.
  3. Applicants are responsible to insure that Departmental Chairs are aware of the submission of the Fellowship proposal so that the Chair can plan, as needed, potential replacement for course impacted by the release time.

Requirements of PRI Fellows:

All PRI Fellows are required, in the year of their release-time, to:

  • Attend a weekly, one-hour focus discussion on relevant issues of research and opportunities to promote the missions of the PRI.
  • Submit, before June of the Fellowship year, at least one new, major proposal to an appropriate funding agency and on an issue relevant to the research topic reflected in the Fellowship. This proposal must be submitted through the Passaic River Institute.
  • Each Fellow, in their initial year, must present a research seminar, open to the University, on the topic of the fellowship year.
  • Any publications that result from the Fellowship must acknowledge the Fellowship and the Passaic River Institute.
  • Any external presentations must similarly acknowledge the Fellowship and the PRI.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application to by February 1, 2014. All applications should be in 12pt. Roman font, single space and be no more than four pages in total length. All CV's must be current. For more information, please contact the PRI Director, Meiyin Wu, via phone (x7117) or email (

Proposals will be evaluated by the PRI Steering Committee, which will also have the opportunity to seek external reviews based on specifics of the proposal. Fellows will be selected by the PRI Steering Committee with final decisions made by February 15, 2014.