Monthly Update: February 2017 – Scholarship and Grants Opportunities

Monthly Update: February 2017

Monthly Update: February 2017

February 2017

Van Tienhoven Foundation — Small Grants for Biodiversity Conservation. The Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection promotes the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of ecosystems and their living organisms. The Foundation aims to counter the human-induced causes of threats to biodiversity. Grants are for projects outside of the Netherlands, and they should be initiated and owned or widely supported by local stakeholders. Government organizations are excluded from applying, and academic studies are not supported. The maximum grant is €10 thousand. The annual application deadlines are 15 February and 15 August. Link

Earth Journalism Network — Grants for Stories on Biodiversity. The Earth Journalism Network is offering a second round of reporting grants to support the production of in-depth stories that highlight previously untold threats to global biodiversity, or explore new conservation-based solutions. Preference is for proposals that focus on new topics or stories that have not been widely covered. Eligibility for funding extends to journalists (online, print, television) and other expert media practitioners with a track record of reporting on environmental issues. Most grants will range from US$1 thousand to US$2 thousand, although larger grants can be considered if submitted by media partnerships. The deadline for applications is 17 February 2017. Link

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture — Doctoral Studies in Agriculture and Food Science for Africans. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) announces PhD scholarships available through the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) for doctoral studies at three universities in East Africa. They are the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Sciences and Technology (Tanzania); Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya); and Makerere University (Uganda). The relevant doctoral programs are identified in the announcement. Scholarships are available for in-country applicants, as well as for regional (all Sub-Saharan) applicants. The application deadline is 20 February 2017. Link

Young Innovators in Agribusiness — Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017. The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition aims to identify scalable post-harvest technologies in East Africa. Applications are open to both institutions and individuals of 18 years and above in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania. The competition will select top 50 technologies from successful entries and offer them accelerated training on scaling up and pitching. Twenty-five participants in the accelerated training will be invited to showcase and pitch to development partners, donors, governments, farmers/traders associations, and investors at the East Africa Postharvest Technologies Fair in May 2017. The top five technologies will divide seed awards totaling US$30 thousand. The closing date for applications is 20 February 2017. Link

JRS Biodiversity Foundation — Freshwater Biodiversity and Pollinator Biodiversity in Africa 2017. The JRS Biodiversity Foundation aims to increase the access to and the use of information for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. JRS invites proposals for multi-year projects, and for planning grants to prepare multi-year projects. Projects in the theme of freshwater diversity should increase access to and use of biodiversity information relating to freshwater biodiversity assessment and the conservation of freshwater ecosystem services in eastern and southern Africa. Projects in the theme of pollinator biodiversity should increase access to and use of biodiversity information relating to pollinator biodiversity assessment and the conservation of pollinator services in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each multi-year grant will range from about US$50 thousand to about US$250 thousand. Proposals are expected to have strong capacity-building components. The deadline for submitting proposals is 22 February 2017. Link

Foundation Beyond Belief — Compassionate Impact Grant 2017. The Foundation Beyond Belief annually awards the Compassionate Impact Grant to build the capacity of an innovative organization that is addressing a critical community problem. In 2017, the theme of the grant is the relationship of people, communities, and the Natural World. This theme includes focus areas in environmental education; small enterprises based on environmental technologies and resources; and healthy lives related to healthy local ecosystems. Priority is for organizations that work with low-income communities in under-served geographic areas in the USA or internationally, and that use a collaborative approach. Applications are invited from nonprofit organizations that have U.S. 501(c) status, and that can offer 1:1 matching funds. The award amount will range from US$33 thousand to US$40 thousand. The deadline for submitting a letter of intent is 23 February 2017. Link

World Bank — Graduate Scholarship Program. The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program finances graduate and post-graduate studies for nationals of developing countries. Scholars pursue graduate studies internationally in one of the program’s partner or preferred university graduate programs. The preferred masters programs include several with specializations in agriculture, natural resources management, water resources, forestry, earth sciences, environmental innovation, and others. Interested individuals apply directly to one or more of the preferred university programs and, in parallel, for a scholarship. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for a preferred program is 23 February 2017. Link

African Water Association — Research Fellowships for Young Water and Sanitation Professionals in West Africa. With funding provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the African Water Association offers fellowships of US$1 thousand for masters research in water and sanitation. Applicants must be citizens of West African countries who are registered in academic institutions, and whose research is on any of the following themes: non-revenue water; water quality; water services in low-income urban areas; faecal sludge management; urban and peri-urban sanitation; and use of ICTs in providing water and sanitation services. The application deadline is 28 February 2017. Link

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum — SERB Indo-US Postdoctoral Fellowships for Indian Researchers. The IUSSTF invites Indian applicants to apply for the SERB Indo-US Postdoctoral Fellowships. The objective is to introduce Indian scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities. These awards will enable young Indian scientists and technologists of all disciplines, under the age of 35, to interact with the U.S scientific community. The focus areas include bio-energy, energy, science of climate change,glaciology, and several others. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017. Link

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification — “Land for Life” Award 2017. The UNCCD presents the “Land for Life” Award for inspiring efforts in land conservation and management. Eligibility is open to individuals and institutions worldwide that are making a significant and innovative contribution to reduce the impacts of land degradation and desertification. In particular, the focus is on helping communities at risk or forced to abandon their homes due to insecurity deriving from environmental degradation. Award winners will receive a support package from the UNCCD Secretariat to include networking with interested organizations; assistance to promote the winning initiatives nationally and internationally; and opportunities to showcase them at national and international events. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017. Link

March 2017

University of Bergen — PhD Course on Poverty, Climate Change, and Sustainability. The Bergen Summer Research School offers parallel short courses for PhD students and young researchers on themes of urgent societal problems focusing on the transition to sustainability. One of the six courses will concentrate on the link between poverty and climate change. Stipends to participate in the course are available for qualified individuals who are currently enrolled for studies and carrying out research in a list of eligible developing countries. The application deadline is 01 March 2017. Link

Global Biodiversity Information Facility — Capacity Enhancement Support Program 2017. The GBIF Secretariat welcomes proposals for funding under the 2017 Capacity Enhancement Support Programme, which seeks to enhance the long-term capacity of GBIF participants through collaborative projects. The call is open only to GBIF participants. Proposals for one-year projects can receive up to €20 thousand for mentoring activities, regional training support, GBIF advocacy actions, documentation, and capacity needs assessments. The deadline for concept notes is 03 March 2017. Link

ENEA Access — Support for Energy Initiatives in Africa. The ENEA Access Program offers 30 to 100 days of professional consulting services on a pro-bono basis to advance initiatives for energy access in Africa. The program is relevant for nonprofit organizations and NGOs, technology developers, and social entrepreneurs. Activities that can be considered for ENEA’s support include feasibility studies, market and business models, implementation of pilot projects, and others. Projects must clearly contribute to the reduction of poverty and/or climate change as a result of improved access to energy. Projects must be located in at least one of the continental African countries or surrounding associated islands. There are no restrictions regarding the home country of the applying organization. The closing date for ENEA’s first call for proposals in 2017 is 04 March 2017. Link

Alfred Wegner Institute — Training in Oceanography 2017. The Alfred Wegner Institute hosts the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence. The program provides training and career development in oceanography, using facilities at Helgoland and Sylt in the North Sea. The next training program, beginning in late 2017, is open to 10 participants from developing and emerging countries. Trainees must have at least a first degree in science. Preference will be given to applicants who currently hold a position in a research or academic institution in a developing country, and who anticipate returning to the country after completion of the training. The program offers scholarships to cover travel, accommodation, tuition, and a modest allowance. The application deadline is 06 March 2017. Link

U.S. National Science Foundation — Research on Food, Energy, and Water Systems. The program INFEWS (“Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems”) aims to promote international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems. Proposals including international collaboration are encouraged when they incorporate unique resources, expertise, facilities, or sites of international partners. However, international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other non-NSF sources. The deadline for pre-proposals is 06 March 2017. Link

UK Royal Society — International Exchanges 2017. The Royal Society’s International Exchanges Scheme makes grants to UK scientists who seek new international collaborations. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, except clinical medicine. For the standard program (i.e., not specific to countries and/or focal areas), the next application deadline is 07 March 2017. Link

United Nations Development Program — Equator Prize on Nature for Development. The Equator Prize for 2017 will recognize outstanding community and indigenous initiatives in nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. The Equator Prize welcomes nominations that highlight the initiatives of rural community-based groups in any of the 145 countries supported by the United Nations Development Program. Nominations are also invited to present the initiatives of indigenous peoples’ communities in any country, operating in a rural area. The nominated initiatives must have been in existence for at least three years, and/or the actions taken must have been in place for at least three years. Each winner will receive US$10 thousand. The deadline for nominations (in eight languages) is 08 March 2017. Link

Association of Commonwealth Universities — Masters Scholarships. The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable successful applicants to benefit from the expertise provided by universities in low and middle-income countries around the Commonwealth. The program currently offers 17 masters-level scholarships at ACU member universities in 10 countries. Applicants are citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the host country. Subject areas for the masters programs include agriculture, environment, climate change, and others. The application deadline at all participating universities is 10 March 2017. Link

U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation — Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund 2017. The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund supports efforts to increase the population numbers of monarch butterflies in North America (USA, Mexico, Canada). The priority is projects in the eastern population’s migratory flyway. Proposals are also invited for projects in the western USA, Canada, and Mexico. Grants are up to two years in length, and will generally range from US$50 thousand to US$250 thousand. The program requires matching funds of at least 1:1. The deadline for pre-proposals is 13 March 2017. Link

Association of Zoos and Aquariums — Conservation Grants Fund 2017. The AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund makes grants for animal health; animal welfare; conservation education; field conservation and/or reintroduction; management and/or breeding; and research. The principal investigator in a grants application must be an AZA member. Many grants are awarded to collaborations among AZA-accredited institutions; government wildlife agencies; academia; and conservation NGOs. The average project award is about US$18 thousand. The application deadline is 15 March 2017. Link

Belmont Forum and START — Support for Africans in the Sustainable Urbanization Global Initiative. The Belmont Forum and START announce an opportunity for African scientists to participate in the Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action on “Sustainable Urban Global Initiative: Food-Water-Energy Nexus.” Principal Investigators and co-PIs should be African nationals based at African institutions. Proposals should include PIs or co-PIs from at least three countries, combining African countries with countries in the Belmont Forum. Funding for the African research is US$100 thousand for one year, with the possibility to extend for another year. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017. Link

New England Biolabs Foundation — Grants for Grassroots Conservation 2017. The New England Biolabs Foundation makes grants to grassroots and charitable organizations to support conservation of biological diversity; ecosystem services; community food security; and marine environment. The geographical scope includes selected and conservation sub-regions of Central America, the Andean region of South America, and West Africa. Grant seekers should review the geographical priorities carefully. Maximum grant size is US$10 thousand, although most grants are smaller. The next periods for letters of inquiry (English, Spanish) are 01 February through 15 March 2017, and 01 July through 15 August 2017. Link

New Zealand Aid Program — Development Scholarships 2017. New Zealand’s government provides a variety of opportunities for training and university study through the New Zealand Aid Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program has six scholarship schemes, reaching a total of over 90 countries. The priorities for support often include agriculture, renewable energy, fisheries, disaster risk management, and other areas related to natural resources and environment. The eligibility requirements for scholarships are specific to each country/regional program. The application deadline for submissions is 15 March 2017 for most developing countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, and 30 March 2017 for other developing regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Caribbean). Check the eligible countries and closing dates carefully. Link

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture — Agricultural Scholarships for Africa. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is partnering with the MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University, and Egerton University to enhance the application of science, technology, business, and innovation for rural agriculture. Students who are economically disadvantaged, and students from post-conflict and conflict-affected areas of Africa, are welcome to apply for admission and financial support at Gulu University (Uganda) or Egerton University (Kenya). The announcements lists the available academic programs at each university. The application deadline is 15 March 2017. Link

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) — Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowships and Internships 2017. The IUSSTF invites Indian applicants to apply for the Bhaskara fellowships and student internships for research on solar energy at reputed scientific/technological institutions in the USA. Preference will be given to research aimed at issues of solar energy in India. Eligibility extends to Indian PhD students and researchers in publicly-funded R&D laboratories, S&T institutions (non-private), and recognized academic institutes in India. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017. Link

International Livestock Research Institute — Training in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub seeks to strengthen the capacity of the African scientific community to conduct bioscience research that will improve agricultural products and enhance food security. In support of building science capacity, the BecA-ILRI Hub is partnering with the Rwanda Agriculture Board to hold a training workshop on “Introduction to Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics” in May 2017. Applications are welcomed from qualified individuals at research institutes and universities in Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Dem Rep Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The training course offers several funded places on a competitive basis. The deadline for applications is 17 March 2017. Link

International Development Research Center — Innovations to Improve Livestock Vaccines in Africa and Asia. Canada’s IDRC calls for proposals to support novel ideas or pre-existing innovations to respond to the challenges of existing livestock vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. The research should focus on vaccine improvement for one or more of the eligible livestock diseases identified in the announcement. Eligibility to participate in the call for proposals extends to applicants from research-focused organizations in the private sector, academia, and research institutes anywhere in the world. The program will fund up to six research projects at a maximum of CA$1 million each. The deadline for proposals is 21 March 2017. Link

British Ecological Society — Research Grants and Outreach Grants 2017. The BES makes Research Grants in support of scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Small projects can be awarded up to £5 thousand, and early-career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20 thousand. Applicants must be members of BES. However, there are no restrictions on nationality or residence of applicants, or where they carry out their research. Additionally, BES offers Outreach Grants of up to £2 thousand to encourage its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. The application deadline is 22 March 2017. Link

International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture — International Courses for Agricultural Professionals 2017. ICRA supports education and capacity strengthening in agriculture and the rural sector in the developing world. Among its forms of engagement, ICRA offers specialized training courses each year. Applications are invited for courses that include: “Facing Rural Innovation Challenges – Linking Research to Inclusive Development for Food Security” (September-October 2017); and “Learning, Action Research, and Outreach – Making Higher Education Boost Food Security” (November 2017). ICRA’s courses qualify for NFP/MSP scholarships funded by the Dutch government. Individuals wishing to apply for these scholarships should apply to ICRA before 22 March 2017. Link

Swiss Re — Leadership Prize in Water Management 2018. The International ReSource Award is a prize acknowledging social entrepreneurial thinking and leadership in addressing social and/or ecological issues related to sustainable water management practices in developing and emerging countries. Each of three finalists will receive US$20 thousand and expert assistance to further develop their proposals in order to compete for a first prize of US$75 thousand. Eligibility for the ReSource Award extends to charities, non-profit organizations, and revenue-generating social enterprises working in the areas of water, sanitation, and hygiene in the developing world. The application deadline for short proposals (Step I) is 22 March 2017. Link

UK Royal Society — Newton International Fellowships 2017. The Newton International Fellowships support early-stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Applicants should have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal with a UK host scientist. The announcement identifies additional criteria for applicants. Funding consists of £24 thousand per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8 thousand per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £2 thousand for relocation expenses. The deadline for applications is 22 March 2017. Link

UK Royal Society — Newton Advanced Fellowships 2017. The Newton Advanced Fellowships provide established international researchers with opportunities for training, collaboration, and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute. The announcement lists participating eligible institutions in the following countries: Brazil, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey. The application deadline is 23 March 2017. Link

RUFORUM — Community Action Research Programme 2017. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is partnering with the MasterCard Foundation to implement the programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev).” TAGDev announces the 2017 call for proposals for the Community Action Research Programme. The objective is to extend university activities to work more closely with rural communities. The current call focuses on crops and livestock value chains of strategic importance in Kenya and Uganda. In this current call, proposals will be accepted only from Egerton University and Gulu University. The application deadline is 27 March 2017. Link

Aga Khan Foundation — International Scholarships 2017-2018. The Aga Khan Foundation supports programs in rural development, broadly defined, in a number of developing countries. It provides scholarships and loans for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from the developing world, with priority for masters studies. The Foundation also considers applications for PhD programs in certain circumstances. Applications are invited from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Applications are also accepted from France, Portugal, UK, USA, and Canada from individuals who are originally from one of these developing countries, who are interested in development-related studies, and who have no other means of financing their education. Preference is given to students under 30 years of age. The application deadline is 31 March 2017, but earlier in some countries (please check the dates carefully). Link

Asian Institute of Technology — Scholarships for Masters Degrees in Natural Resources. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for candidates from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam to pursue masters degrees at the AIT. Subject areas include water engineering; agricultural systems; aquaculture and aquatic resources; energy; environmental engineering; natural resources management; integrated coastal zone management; integrated watershed management; disaster preparedness and management; and others. The application deadline is 31 March 2017. Link

Coimbra Group of Universities — Scholarships for Professional Mobility 2017. The Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European universities committed to creating academic and cultural ties in order to promote internationalization. Towards this end, the Coimbra Group offers scholarships to encourage short-term professional and academic experiences in Europe by applicants from Africa, Latin America, and the European Neighborhood. Each Coimbra university publishes its grant guidelines and contact information. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017. Link

Common Fund for Commodities — Tenth Call for Proposals. The CFC calls for proposals that advance commodity development in its member countries. Funding is targeted mainly to for-profit organizations and social enterprises for production, value chains, and marketing across a wide group of commodities (agricultural crops, tree crops, timber, bamboo and rattan, minerals, and others). This 10th call for proposals has a deadline on 31 March 2017. Link

European Energy Community — Summer School 2017. The Energy Community aims to extend the EU internal energy market to South East Europe and beyond. The Secretariat of the Energy Community announces the 2nd Energy Community Summer School that will take place in FYR of Macedonia in August-September 2017. The Secretariat welcomes applications from postgraduate students, researchers in energy-related disciplines, and young professionals from government institutions, companies, think tanks, and NGOs in the region of the Energy Community. The non-EU members of the Energy Community include Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, and Turkey. Participation is free, including tuition and accommodation costs. However, travel costs are borne by the participants. The application deadline is 31 March 2017. Link

Inter-Research Science Center — Ecology Prizes 2017. The International Ecology Institute in Germany annually selects top performers worldwide in the field of ecology for the Ecology Institute Prize and the IRPE Prize. The winner of the Ecology Institute Prize will be awarded €6 thousand; the winner of the IRPE Prize will receive €3 thousand. Nominations are invited from research ecologists worldwide. The closing date for nominations is 31 March 2017. Link

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade — NZ Partnerships for International Development Fund, Round 10. The New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund is a contestable fund open to New Zealand organizations. It aims to encourage partnerships between New Zealand organizations and in-country partners in the developing world, with emphasis on the Pacific region and Southeast Asia. Priority areas for support include agriculture, fisheries, tourism, energy, and water and sanitation — among others. The Fund encourages multi-activity projects for up to five years. The deadline for concept applications in Round 10 is 31 March 2017, and one week earlier for applicants seeking feedback on their applications. Link

World Academy of Sciences — Science Prizes 2017. Each year, TWAS awards eight prizes of US$15 thousand each to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years. The disciplinary fields include agricultural sciences, biology, and seven others. TWAS particularly encourages nominations of women scientists, and scientists from scientifically-lagging countries. The deadline for nominations is 31 March 2017. Link

Xiamen University — Scholarships for International Students. Xiamen University (XMU) in coastal Southeast China supports a number of doctoral, masters, and undergraduate programs in English. Subject areas at XMU include marine affairs, environmental sciences and ecology, life sciences, and many others. The university’s scholarship programs include several for international students. The application periods vary with each scholarship program, but most close in March, April, and May. Link

April 2017

Association of Commonwealth Universities — Mobility Grants for Early-Career Academics 2017. The Association of Commonwealth Universities offers staff at ACU member universities the opportunity to attend a relevant conference in a Commonwealth country outside their home region. The scheme is aimed at early-career academics who have not yet had the opportunity to work, study, or travel outside their own country. Grants are up to £2 thousand. The closing date for the current round of applications is 02 April 2017. Link

Sonoran Joint Venture — Mexico-USA Bird Conservation 2017. Sonoran Joint Venture makes grants for bird conservation and research in the border region of the southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico. The priority is for projects that focus on habitat, monitoring, or planning. Proposals should demonstrate bi-national cooperation and a partnership orientation. Most grants are US$5 thousand to US$10 thousand. The application deadline is 02 April 2017. Link

Australian APEC Study Centre — Women in Research 2017. The Australia – APEC Women in Research Fellowship supports female researchers from developing APEC economies to work in collaboration with partners at Australian institutions. Past fellows include several in subjects such as water resources, climate change, marine microbiology, and others related to environment. The program is open to female citizens and permanent residents in the following countries: Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The application deadline is 03 April 2017. Link

International Geosphere-Biosphere Program — PAGES Workshops and Educational Meetings 2017. PAGES (Past Global Changes) supports research aimed at understanding the earth’s past environment in order to make predictions for the future. PAGES encourages international and interdisciplinary collaboration, including the participation of scientists from developing countries. The program offers funding to qualified organizers of workshops and educational meetings in support of PAGES objectives. The next deadline for proposals is 03 April 2017. Link

University of California at Davis — Trellis Fund for Horticulture. With funding provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Trellis Fund makes small grants for horticultural projects in the following countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The maximum funding is US$4 thousand per project. Successful applicants in these countries will be paired with U.S. graduate students that have relevant technical expertise. The closing date for applications is 03 April 2017. Link

EC Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) — Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowships 2017. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowships include the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). RISE aims to develop partnerships at the international level in Europe and outside Europe (most developing countries are eligible) in academic and non-academic sectors. The organizations constituting the partnerships contribute to joint research and innovation by seconding and/or hosting eligible staff members. Program MSCA-RISE-2017. The deadline for applications is 05 April 2017. Link

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Conservation of African Rhinos 2017. As part of its program “Wildlife Without Borders,” the USFWS makes grants for the conservation of selected wildlife species, including rhinos and tigers. The current call is for proposals to identify immediate threats to rhino survival in Africa, and to support direct conservation activities to eliminate or reduce those threats. If the project includes research, the applicant must provide a convincing argument that the research addresses priority threats, and that the results are likely to result in management actions. Proposals are invited from any organization responsible for the conservation and protection of rhinos in the wild and any other organization, multi-national secretariat, public or private university, or individual with demonstrated experience in rhino conservation. Grants will range from US$10 thousand to US$200 thousand. The application deadline is 05 April 2017. Link

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — Momentum for Change 2017. Momentum for Change welcomes the submission of “Lighthouse Activities” that shine a light on innovative, scalable, and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to address climate change. Submissions are accepted from organizations, communities, cities, businesses, governments, and others. The winners will receive a range of benefits, including fully-paid participation at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP 23) in November 2017. The deadline for applications is 09 April 2017. Link

Weeden Foundation — Conservation in Chile and Russia. The Weeden Foundation makes grants for biodiversity conservation in forest ecosystems, riparian corridors, and riverine and aquatic environments of ecological importance. Weeden’s international priorities are the Patagonia region of Chile, and the Altai Republic of Russia. The Foundation requests letters of inquiry (LOI) at least one month before proposal deadlines. The next deadline for applications (English, Spanish) is 14 April 2017. Link

French Ministry of Research and Education — Supporting International Young Scientists in Marine Sciences. LabexMER is a program of France’s Ministry of Research and Education to address key questions about the global ocean, the deep ocean, and the coastal ocean. LabexMER offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships for international young scientists to propose research projects in marine sciences to be carried out in one or several LabexMER laboratories in western France. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2017. Link

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation — Research Grants 2017. The NEF Research Grants fund research in support of nature conservation, emphasizing developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Applicants should be nationals of Asian-Pacific countries, and research projects should be carried out in their home countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam. Grants are a maximum of 500 thousand Japanese yen for a maximum of two years. The closing dates for applications are 17 April 2017 and 16 October 2017. Link

Global Federation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences — World Agricultural Prize 2017. The Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) supports innovation and leadership in education, research, and outreach in the agricultural and life sciences. The GCHERA World Agriculture Prize will be awarded in 2017 to a faculty member from a higher education institution for lifetime achievements in agriculture and life sciences — including but not limited to agriculture, forestry, natural resources, food, bio-based products, bio-energy, rural development, and the environment. The amount of the prize is US$50 thousand, contributed by Nanjing Agricultural University and the Da Bei Nong Group. The closing date for nominations is 26 April 2017. Link

EUROPARC Federation — Study Visits at Protected Areas in Europe and Eurasia 2017. The EUROPARC Federation partners with the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung to promote international cooperation within the European dimension of protected area management. Grants of €3 thousand allow young conservationists to make study visits to one or more protected areas external to their home countries. The study visits should correspond to any of the four themes identified in the announcement. In addition to western Europe, participating countries include Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. The deadline for applications is 28 April 2017. Link

Franklin Institute — Bower Award for Science Achievement 2018. The Bower Award of US$250 thousand is made to individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding and quantifying perturbations of natural systems within the biosphere, atmosphere, or hydrosphere in the age of the Anthropocene. The competition is open internationally. Self-nominations are accepted. Notices of intent to nominate should be sent by 30 April 2017. The deadline for nominations is 31 May 2017. Link

International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology — Research Grants 2017. The ICGEB Research Grants support projects in agricultural biotechnology, environmental bio-remediation, and many other fields. The grants are intended to facilitate the creation of research facilities in promising institutes; to promote training of young scientists; and to develop new research programs in participating countries. The program is open to applicants who have positions at universities and research institutes in ICGEB’s member states. Grants are a maximum of €25 thousand per year for projects of up to three years. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 April of each year. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Off-Grid Solar Energy for Africa. The “Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (SOGE) seeks to provide 20 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable off-grid electricity from solar sources. USAID welcomes applications from U.S. and non-U.S. private businesses and social enterprises that are solar manufacturers, distributors, and service providers. Grants will range from US$500 thousand to US$1.5 million. USAID requires a private financial commitment in the ratio of at least 2:1 to the amount of a grant. Funding Opportunity APS-OAA-16-000001-ADDENDUM-SOGE. The deadline for concept papers is 30 April 2017. Link

Veolia Environnement Foundation — Student Solidarity Awards 2017. The Student Solidarity Awards aim to encourage associations of students in institutions of higher education to take initiatives in community-oriented projects. The program is open in countries around the world where the Veolia group is present. The awards are for innovative approaches in themes that include environmental conservation, development aid, and workforce development. An application requires support from an employee of Veolia. Three contest winners will divide €15 thousand in grants. The closing date for entries is 30 April 2017. Link

Women’s World Summit Foundation — Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. The WWSF awards this Prize of US$1 thousand per laureate to honor women and women’s groups for exceptional creativity, courage, and commitment to improve the quality of life in rural communities. Each year, WWSF awards the Prize to between 5-10 creative rural women and women’s groups around the world. Nominations include biographical data about the nominee; at least two endorsement letters; and labeled photos. Self-nominations are not accepted. The deadline for nominations (submitted by postal mail only) is 30 April 2017.  Link

May 2017

IUCN-Netherlands — Land Aquisition for Conservation 2017. The World Conservation Union in the Netherlands (IUCN-Netherlands) provides grants up to €85 thousand for the purchase and protection of threatened wildlife habitats and vulnerable ecosystems in Asia-Pacific countries, Africa, and Latin America. The grants are to qualified and experienced local conservation organizations. The deadline for applications is 01 May 2017. Link

OPEC Fund for International Development — Master’s Scholarships 2017-2018. OFID invites qualified applicants who have obtained or who are nearly completing their undergraduate degrees to apply for the OFID master’s scholarships in a relevant field of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission. The themes include poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development, environment, and other related science and technology fields. Applicants must be from developing countries (except OFID member countries), with prior admission to pursue a master’s degree at any recognized university/college in the world. The scholarship is for one year. The deadline for applications is 01 May 2017. Link

European Commission — Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2017. The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme is a joint program coordinated by the EC with the African Union Commission to increase the availability of qualified high-level professionals in Africa. The program enables post-graduate students, academics, and university staff to benefit from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another African country. Applications are invited from partnerships of four to six African higher education institutions, working in coordination with one EU technical partner. The amount of funding per grant will range from €1 million to €1.4 million over five years. The application deadline is 02 May 2017. Link

Tinker Foundation — Martha T. Muse Prize for Antarctica 2017. The Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica is presented to an individual in his or her early or mid-career who demonstrates potential for sustained and significant contributions to enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The amount of the prize is US$100 thousand. The prize winner can be from any country, and work in any field of Antarctic science or policy. The deadline for nominations is 17 May 2017. Link

Explorers Club – Scott Pearlman Field Awards 2017. The Explorers Club is a multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, and to preserving the instinct to explore. The Scott Pearlman Field Awards are grants for artists, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and journalists in support of scientific expeditions sponsored by the Explorers Club. Applicants do not have to be a member of The Explorers Club to qualify for a grant, and there are no nationality or age restrictions. The application deadline is 31 May 2017. Link

Masdar Institute — Graduate Studies in Sustainable Environment and Energy. The Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi provides graduate-level education and research to produce future world leaders and critical thinkers in advanced energy and sustainability. The Institute offers four types of scholarships, including the IRENA scholarship for aspiring master’s students with a desire to work in the field of renewable energy. Up to 20 applicants are awarded this scholarship at Masdar Institute every year, with support from the Government of the United Arab Emirates. Scholarship students may study in any one of the nine master’s degree programs offered at Masdar Institute. The application deadline is 31 May 2017.  Link

After May 2017

Environmental Research and Education Foundation — Research on Solid Waste. The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) offers research grants on the management of solid wastes. Topics include waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, and other products; waste diversion to other uses; and landfills. There are no geographical restrictions on institutions that can apply. Previously awarded grants have ranged from US$15 thousand to over US$500 thousand, normally for projects of about two years. The deadlines for pre-proposals are 06 January and 01 June of each year. Link

United States – India Educational Foundation — Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships. The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships support Indians residing in India to pursue a master’s degree program at selected U.S. colleges and universities. The many eligible subject areas include environmental sciences such as toxicology, natural resource management, pollution prevention, environmental law, environmental engineering, and environmental policy analysis (among others). The fellowships are for one or two years. Applicants need to have at least three years’ full-time professional work experience relevant to the proposed field of study at the time of application. The application deadline is 15 June 2017. Link

American Association for the Advancement of Science — Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists 2017. This Prize was created to recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community that encourages the world’s best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of research. The awards are made in four fields of life science research, one of which is Ecology and Environment. Eligible entrants for the 2017 Prize must have been awarded their doctoral degrees in 2015 or 2016. The winners in each category will each receive US$10 thousand, and the grand prize winner will receive US$30 thousand. The application deadline is 15 July 2017. Link

Club300 Foundation — Grants for Bird Protection. The Club300 Foundation, based in Sweden, makes grants of up to US$5 thousand for bird protection on a worldwide basis. The objective is research and conservation of the world’s highly threatened and poorly known bird species (IUCN’s Red List). The deadline for applications (English or Swedish) is 31 July of each year. Link

European Outdoor Conservation Association — Funding for Conservation Projects 2017. The EOCA makes grants for field-based projects in wildlife conservation; protection of forests and wetlands; litter clean-up on trails and mountains; environmental education in local communities; and other initiatives in support of nature-based travel and tourism. Grants are to nonprofit organizations in amounts up to €30 thousand for projects of one to two years anywhere in the world (except North America). The next application period is 01 July 2017 through 31 July 2017. Link

Matsumae International Foundation — Research Fellowships 2018. The Matsumae International Foundation awards short-term fellowships (of 3-6 months) for pursuing research in Japan. Preference is for applicants in the natural science, engineering, and medicine who select the Japanese host institutions (university research laboratories, national research institutions, or private industry). Applicants should hold a PhD degree, be less than 49 years old, and have sufficient conversational ability in Japanese or English. The application deadline is 31 August 2017. Link

Rothamsted International — International Fellowships. Rothamsted International is a nonprofit organization to advance sustainable agriculture in developing countries. The Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme has supported around 140 scientists from more than 30 different countries. The program seeks to promote the exchange of skills and technologies between scientists from developing countries and Rothamsted Research. Applications are completed jointly by the candidate and a Rothamsted Project Leader. The next deadline for applications is 16 October 2017. Link

Disney Conservation Fund — Annual Conservation Grants 2018. The Disney Conservation Fund makes grants for wildlife studies, habitat protection, and community conservation and education in critical ecosystems around the world. DCF supports projects that build on previous work, and that have the potential to contribute to long-term conservation. Eligibility extends to U.S. nonprofit organizations. Applicants from other countries need to apply in collaboration with U.S. nonprofit partners. Grants are up to US$50 thousand for projects of up to two years. The next period for letters of inquiry is 01 October 2017 through 17 November 2017. Link

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture — Field Attachment Program Award. The RUFORUM Field Attachment Program Award is a graduate student internship to link thesis research to application and use at the community level. The awards are for MSc students supported by RUFORUM, and who are finalizing their degrees. The grant provides a living stipend and limited travel for three to four months. Applications will be accepted throughout 2017. Link



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