Bat Conservation International is now accepting applications for its 2007 BCI Student Research Scholarships. Grants of $2,500 to $5,000 each will be awarded to support research that is directly related to bat conservation. Proposed projects should be focused on the roles bats play in providing ecosystem services (such as pollination, seed dispersal, pest control or maintenance of biodiversity) and/or on habitat requirements that are critical to conservation. Students enrolled in any college or university worldwide are eligible to apply.
The program has greatly expanded through the generosity of U.S. Forest Service’s International Programs, which supports the Bats in International Forestry Scholarship Fund. Up to 10 Bats in International Forestry Scholarships will be awarded (in addition to the BCI Student Research Scholarships) specifically for research conducted in developing countries.
Most of the more than 1,100 species of bats have barely been studied, and their ecological and economic values and conservation needs remain largely unknown, greatly impeding conservation efforts. Since 1990, Bat Conservation International has addressed this lack of knowledge by supporting student research projects throughout the United States and around the world through its Student Research Scholarships. A total of $428,348 has been awarded to 198 students for research in 49 countries.
All applications are evaluated by a distinguished international panel of peer reviewers. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15, 2006. For more information or to apply, visit BCI’s website at: www.batcon.org/bcigrants/scholarintro.asp or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCI also awards grants of $500 to $5,000 for bat-conservation efforts and conservation-relevant research through two other programs.
The Global Grassroots Conservation Fund provides small grants to local individuals and groups outside North America for conservation programs. Applications are accepted year-round.
The North American Bat Conservation Fund supports efforts in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The deadline to apply for NABCF grants is November 15, 2006.
Information and applications for all of BCI’s granting programs is available online at www.batcon.org.