SPONSOR: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) PURPOSE: To support small grants to field research projects leading directly to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wildlife habitat. DEADLINE: January 1; July 1 SUMMARY: WCS's strategy is to conduct comprehensive field studies of wildlife needs, train local conservation professionals, and work with in-country staff to protect and manage wildlife and wild areas for the future. International Program staff work closely with other specialists at WCS's Bronx Zoo headquarters in New York, including the Wildlife Health Center and Field Veterinary Program, Science Resource Center, and Curatorial and Education Departments. The Research Fellowship Program awards small grants to field research projects leading directly to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wildlife habitat. RFP applications must demonstrate strong scientific merit as well as direct relevance to wildlife conservation. The RFP will support field work on a wide spectrum of wildlife species, habitats, and conservation issues. Previous RFP Fellows have conducted surveys of the population status of endangered species, investigated ecological processes in rainforests,savannas, and wetlands, analyzed the effects of habitat disturbance on wildlife, and assessed the impacts of management strategies. The RFP is coordinated through WCS's core programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Recent Research Fellowships: - Wetlands refugia for indigenous fishes, Uganda. - The effects of civil war on ungulates in the Parc Nationaldes Volcans, Rwanda. - Ecological study of hornbills and fruiting patterns of north-eastern tropical forests, India. - Resource partitioning among turtles, Thailand. - Campesino ownership and conservation of the vicuņa: an evaluation of the management techniques in the Salinas-Aguada Blanca Reserve, Peru. - The impacts of forest fragmentation on regeneration of mammal dispersed seeds in Central Amazonia, Brazil. Application Guidelines The RFP will accept applications from any individual. Organizations are not eligible for funding. Awards may not exceed $20,000. The average award is about $7,000. RFP grants are awarded for one year only. Proposals may be submitted simultaneously to other funding organizations, but WCS must be informed of any other sources of funds and pending applications. The RFP does not support conferences, travel to scientific meetings, legal actions, construction of permanent field stations, tuition, salaries, overhead costs, major laboratory expenses, gene storage, vehicle purchase, captive breeding, or computer equipment. Stipends are not funded however, investigators who have no other source of support may receive modest living expenses. Faculty and/or research advisors should not be listed as principal investigators unless they plan to carry out the majority of the field work. Please note that the RFP does not support research in North America, Australia, or western Europe. Nationals of the country of research are strongly encouraged to apply. Selection is highly competitive; less than 20% of proposals receive funding. All proposals are peer reviewed by outside technical specialists. Final decisions are made by WCS's Program Committee on the basis of technical, programmatic, and budgetary criteria. Applications can be downloaded using PDF Format Application Procedure An application package consists of: proposal fact sheet, project outline, animal handling sheet, project title page form, and proposal checklist. Applicants should use WCS's project title page form. WCS requires six copies of each proposal. Applications may be submitted in English, French, or Spanish. All proposals must include an Abstract in English. CONTACT: Program Coordinator Research Fellowship Program International Conservation Program Wildlife Conservation Society 185th Street and Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10460 U.S.A. Telephone: (718) 220-5155 Fax: (718) 364-4275 E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.wcs.org
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