Bat Conservation International is excited to announce a request for proposals (RFP) from exceptionally talented student researchers interested in seeking financial support for their bat conservation research projects. BCI’s Student Research Scholarship for Global Bat Conservation Priorities seeks to fund student scholars whose graduate research focuses on innovative and important research topics that inform effective conservation action to protect bats around the world. In 2017, we anticipate granting scholarship awards to 10 students for up to $3,500 each.
We are seeking proposals for research in the following categories:
Category #1: The project contributes to the understanding of the effects of human-caused environmental changes, such as land use and climate change, as threats to global bat biodiversity, including projects focusing on habitat destruction or degradation, wind energy development, pollution, impacts from drought or extreme weather, invasive species, etc.
Category #2: The project contributes to the understanding of bat/human conflicts, such as persecution, bush-meat hunting, disturbance, bats and disease, etc.
Category #3: The project will answer ecological or behavioral questions essential to the conservation of one or more bat species currently listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, or Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (http://www.iucnredlist.org/) or officially recognized on a national list of species of concern.
From the awardees, we will recognize outstanding students for the following special awards:
• Women in Conservation Science Honor –an honor to an outstanding woman student from a developing country (low-income and lower to middle income countries as defined by the World Bank; http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups#). This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of the student’s professional development.
• Merlin D. Tuttle Bat Conservation Honor – an annual award to a student whose research addresses an important conservation issue. This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of their project.
• Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Honor – an annual award to a student who inspires education and community action to protect bats around the world and address critical conservation needs. This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of their project.