SPONSOR: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

PURPOSE: To support small grants to field research projects leading

directly to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wildlife


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



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




Keycode Keyword

0000022 Fellowships

0000034 Research

0101000 Africa

010100A All Africa

0103000 Asia

010300A All Asia

0111000 Ecological Zones

011100A All Ecological Zones

0113005 Latin America

0201009 Animal Behavior & Ethology

0201019 Animal Science

0201032 Forestry & Woodlands

0201042 Migratory Animals & Birds

0201063 Wildlife

0201065 Animal Ecology

0201067 Forest Ecology

0201127 Plant Responses to Environment

0201140 Sustaining Animal Health

0400000 Behavioral & Social Sciences

040300A All Area & Population Studies & Services

041300A All Population Studies

0413013 Ecology & Population

050500A All Higher Education

1000000 Science & Technology & Mathematics & Computer Science

1002005 Biology, Conservation

100200A All Biological Sciences

1002016 Ecology

1002026 Mammalogy

1002163 Ecology, Marshlands

1002165 Ecology, Wetlands

1007000 Environmental Studies

1007001 Environmental Biology

1007003 Environmental Effects

100700A All Environmental Studies

1007015 Ecological Rates of Change

1007057 Endangered Species Programs

1007070 Habitats

1230015 Ecology, Aquatic

1230020 Ecology, Atmospheric

1230025 Ecology, Terrestrial

1002000 Biological Sciences

0403000 Area & Population Studies & Services

0413000 Population Studies

A006000 Foundation Funding Opportunities

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