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The International Society of Tropical Foresters does not offer any grants or funding as an organization. The grants and opportunities listed here are offered by separate, unaffiliated organizations. Any questions regarding the items listed should be directed to the organization providing the grant.

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This page updated: 03 November 2010


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  Global Development Awards Queen's Award for Forestry
AAUW International Fellowships Global Environment Facility Quinney PhD Fellowships
Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships in Botany IITA-Lukas Brader Scholarship Fund (LBSF) The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSM Fellowships),
The International Center for Tropical Ecology Rolex Awards for Enterprise
ARCBC Research Grant Programs International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation
Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Russell E. Train Scholarships
Becas para Profesionales Visitantes Gordon y Betty Moore para la Conservación de los Bosques Tropicales en la Región Andes-Amazónica International Fellowship Program Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships
Bolsas de Pós Doutorado no Canadá The International Foundation for Science ScienceFunding - Oportunidades de Financiamento
Both Ends International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water & Food (CPWF) SEED Awards
Catalyst Fund International Plant Genetic Resources Institute Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships Small Grants Program for Tropical Forests
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - CTFS
Challenge Program on Water and Food Institute of Forestry Thyssen-Humboldt de Curta Duração para Cientistas Sociais da América Latina
Champions of the Earth ITTO Fellowships Offered Tuition Scholarship Opportunity - Water Resource Management
Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize John Denver Memorial Scholarship in Tropical Ecology UNEP Sasakawa Prize
The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Fellowships
Conservation Leadership Programme Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowship UNESCO Small Grants Program
Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award Scheme (DHPA) Kleinhans Fellowship UNU Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowships programmes
VI Curso de la Maestria en Ecologia y Conservacion  (2005-2006) Lincoln Park Zoo Field Conservation Funds U.S. Community Forestry Research Fellowships
DFID Forestry Research Programme (FRP) at Natural Resources International La Maestría en Economía y Desarrollo Industrial con orentación en PyMEs U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service Grant Program web page
Earth Institute - Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development of the Planet Mountain Forum -Earthwatch Institute Utah State University - Fellowship Opportunities
Earthwatch Institute MSc Thesis Research Fellowship - Agroforestry Watson International Scholars
Environmental Assessment and Management Professional Development Fellowship in Eastern Africa Nagao Natural Environment Foundation The World Forest Institute International Fellowship Program
Environmental Leadership Program Seeks Fellowship Applicants National Environmental  Research Council (NERC) United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
The Equator Initiative National Wildlife Federation's Species Recovery Fund University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Erasmus Mundus Native Leadership Scholarship Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization
FAO database Neotropical Bird Club Conservation award Werner Hanagarth - Becas
FOMABO -- El Proyecto “Manejo Forestal en las tierras bajas tropicales de Bolivia” Netherlands Fellowship Programme Young Scientist Publication Awards
Forest Leadership Conference Peace Corps Master’s International program Watson International Scholars of the Environment
Fundación BBVA PHP Grants Working Forests in the Tropics
La Fundación Carolina Programa Internacional de Becas de la Fundacion Ford Lanza WFI International Fellowship Program
Future Generations Programa BECA - Bolsas de Estudo para a Conservação da Amazônia World Bank Development Marketplace
Garden Club of America Pronatura Foundation The student page contains additional information
 
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Thyssen-Humboldt de Curta Duração para Cientistas Sociais da América Latina. Serão recebidas até o final de abril as inscrições para o programa de Bolsas Thyssen-Humboldt de Curta Duração para Cientistas Sociais da América Latina, promovido em parceria pela Fundação Humboldt e pela Fundação Fritz Thyssen.

O programa é destinado a cientistas latino-americanos interessados em receber bolsas para desenvolver seus projetos de pesquisa na Alemanha, durante o período compreendido entre 2009 e 2010.

As pesquisas a ser realizadas deverão se relacionar às áreas de ciências jurídicas, econômicas ou sociais, e terão duração de 6 meses, divididos em duas estadas, durante as férias letivas na América Latina (entre os meses de dezembro e março). Neste período, todos os bolsistas selecionados se reunirão na Alemanha para a formação de uma rede especializada e regional, e os resultados das pesquisas serão publicados numa coletânea traduzida para vários idiomas.

No site do programa (www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/programme/stip_aus/thk.htm) estão disponíveis informações sobre a seleção, requisitos e documentos exigidos. Informações adicionais também podem ser adquiridas em contato com o e-mail info[at]avh.de.
Fundación BBVA. The Foundation channels an important part of its activity through public awards and scholarships in support of educational, scientific and artistic initiatives: - Research projects - Scholarships in selected subject areas - Travel grants for attendance at scientific encounters - Prizes for pedagogical projects, literary creation, etc.

Support schemes for research centre on the Foundation's priority areas and encompass different levels ranging from the preparation of doctoral theses to the projects of reputed researchers with extensive experience in their fields. In all cases, the Foundation's main selection criterion is the quality of the proposal and the researcher, assessed on the objective, substantiated opinion of national and foreign experts. <http://w3.grupobbva.com/>

La Fundación plantea una parte importante de su actividad a través de convocatorias públicas, destinadas a facilitar ayudas para iniciativas didácticas, científicas y artísticas de diferente signo:
- Proyectos de investigación
- Becas para determinados estudios
- Bolsas de viaje para encuentros científicos
- Premios para proyectos pedagógicos, para la creación literaria, etc.

Las convocatorias de apoyo a proyectos de investigación se centran en las áreas prioritarias de la Fundación y pueden abarcar diversos niveles desde la elaboración de tesis doctórales hasta proyectos de investigadores de trayectoria consolidada y reconocido prestigio. En todos los casos, el criterio básico para la Fundación es la calidad de los proyectos y de los investigadores, para cuya valoración se apoya en la opinión objetiva y documentada de evaluadores nacionales y extranjeros de la máxima garantía científica.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES - The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced the following funding opportunities: QUEST Funding Opportunity: Forestry-based climate mitigation project. For further information: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/programmes/quest/events/ao070130-forestry.asp
QUEST Funding Opportunity: Sustainable Forestry and Bioenergy. For further information:
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/programmes/quest/events/ao070130-bioenergy.asp
The Conservation Finance Guide presents a host of potential financing opportunities for nature conservation in general, with a special focus on protected area management. Many of these finance mechanisms rely on a "market-based" approach, valuing and marketing the goods and services that a protected area generates in support of local livelihoods and the broader economy.
Fundación “Protección y Uso Sostenible del Medio Ambiente – PUMA”. CONOVOCATORIA PÚBLICA
DIMEP/06/05. FINANCIACIÓN PARA INVESTIGACIONES, TESIS DE GRADO Y POSTGRADO. PROGRAMA INICIATIVA PARA ESPECIES AMENAZADAS (IEA). BECAS “WERNER HANAGARTH”.
Fundación PUMA, a través de una alianza estratégica con Conservación Internacional - Bolivia (CI), une esfuerzos para ejecutar el programa “Iniciativa para Especies Amenazadas”, mismo que busca contribuir a minimizar la pérdida de biodiversidad y aumentar el conocimiento sobre dichas especies en los Andes Tropicales (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Bolivia).

Esta iniciativa tiene el propósito de valorar las especies amenazadas monitorear su estado actual, diseñar planes de acción para su conservación e implementación a largo plazo.

ACTIVIDADES A SER FINANCIADAS
Las actividades elegibles por el Programa son: tesis de grado postgrado, investigaciones y acciones innovadoras de conservación de especies amenazadas categorizadas bajo los criterios de UICN, como en peligro critico (CR), en peligro (EN), vulnerable (VU) y con datos insuficientes (DD).

Las actividades, deben estar dirigidas a:
Generar información científica esencial para el manejo y conservación de la biota amenazada en Bolivia que satisfaga, en diferentes aspectos, los vacíos existentes.
Contemplar acciones de investigación, manejo in situ y ex situ de los remanentes de población, fortalecimiento de áreas protegidas, actividades de educación y capacitación ambiental.
Disponer de una base sólida de información científica (historia natural de la especie focal y causas de su declinación)
Contemplar acciones para atenuar o disminuir las amenazas para estas especies; e identificar técnicas de manejo para incrementar sus poblaciones.

ÁREAS TEMATICAS PRIORIZADAS: Debido a la situación critica del estado de conservación de anfibios y micromamiferos, se dará prioridad a propuestas dirigidas a estos grupos.

BENEFICIARIOS ELEGIBLES
Son considerados beneficiarios de la financiación, tesistas e investigadores independientes o asociados, personas naturales autodidactas con reconocida experiencia, miembros de comunidades indígenas que con tutoría profesional garanticen el desarrollo de los objetivos planteados en sus propuestas.

No podrán presentarse a esta convocatoria personas que fueron beneficiadas en convocatorias anteriores.

Los postulantes deberán presentar el aval de una institución académica u otra organización.

RECURSOS DISPONIBLES
El monto de financiación por cada beca se encuentra entre U$S 1.000.00 hasta un máximo de U$S 2.500.00
Las solicitudes deberán ser presentadas a través de nota formal, adjuntando el formulario de solicitud correspondiente.

ENTREGA Y RECEPCIÓN DE PROPUESTAS

Los formularios podrán recabarse a partir del día martes 18 octubre 2005 de la pag. Web. www.fundacionpuma.org, y enviar las propuestas hasta el día 30 de noviembre e mail: <fpuma[at]fundacionpuma.org>, <gzurita[at]fundacionpuma.org>.
Proyectos de Investigacion. FOMABO/ESFOR-UMSS/UAGRM/KVL. El Proyecto “Manejo Forestal en las tierras bajas tropicales de Bolivia”, (FOMABO) es un convenio de cooperación internacional entre las Carreras de Ingeniería Forestal de la Universidad Autónoma “Gabriel René Moreno” (UAGRM) de Santa Cruz, la Escuela de Ciencias Forestales (ESFOR) de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) de Cochabamba y el Centro Danés de Bosque, Paisaje y Manejo de la Universidad Real de Veterinaria y Agricultura (KVL) de Copenhague, Dinamarca, dentro de los fondos destinados para la investigación forestal, convocan a la presentación de proyectos de Investigación, según los siguientes términos.
Las propuestas de investigación deben ser presentadas por un docente de la Escuela de Ciencias Forestales (ESFOR) de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) de Cochabamba o de la Carrera de Ingeniería Forestal de la Universidad Autónoma Gabriel Rene Moreno (UAGRM), en forma individual y/o con la participación de estudiantes egresados y/o en colaboración con otros investigadores de otras instituciones relacionadas al sector forestal.
Las propuestas deben estar referidas a la temática forestal en general y específicamente a plantaciones forestales y agroforestales, ecología y manejo de bosques naturales, forestería social y económica y tecnología y manejo de cuencas.
Se establece un monto tope de financiamiento de $us 2500.00 (Dos mil quinientos 00/100 dólares americanos) por propuesta de investigación. En caso de proyectos colaborativos, el indicado monto puede constituir parte del presupuesto global del proyecto de investigación.
Las partidas presupuestarias elegibles de financiamiento son: gastos operativos (viáticos, estipendios y transporte), materiales e insumos (campo, laboratorio, invernadero y/o oficina) y publicaciones.
Las propuestas de investigación deben ser presentadas en formato establecido por FOMABO, el mismo que podrá ser recabado de la Coordinación de Investigaciones del FOMABO/ESFOR/UMSS <fomabo[at]umss.edu.bo> en Cochabamba y FOMABO/UAGRM Santa Cruz <milton_fomabo[at]cotas.com.bo>.  La ejecución del proyecto de investigación deberá estar comprendida en el periodo de marzo a noviembre de 2006. Las propuestas de investigación deberán ser presentadas en versión electrónica e impreso mediante carta de solicitud de financiamiento dirigida a la Coordinación del Proyecto FOMABO/Cochabamba, en la Escuela de Ciencias Forestales (ESFOR), Av. Atahuallpa (final) Temporal Cala Cala, Telefax 4451203, y en la carrera de Ingeniería Forestal de la UAGRM, km 8½ al Norte, predios “El Vallecito”, Telefax 3442553, indefectiblemente hasta el 11 de noviembre de 2005, hasta hrs. 16:00. Los responsables de los proyectos seleccionados suscribirán un documento de contrato para la asignación de recursos y cumplimiento de la investigación.
ScienceFunding--Divulgação de Oportunidades de Financiamento para a Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação. <http://www.cienciapt.net/sciencefunding/>
The Communications Initiative. <http://www.comminit.com/> has listings and links for awards and grants that may be available to individuals or groups for education, research or funding for projects.
THE IPG Handbook on Environmental Funds : A Resource Book for the Design and Operation of Environmental Funds. A handbook for design and operation of environmental funds published by the Interagency Planning Group on Environmental Funds. The handbook is now available in English and French. Go to URL <http://www.conservationfinance.org/Documents/CF_related_papers/IPG_Handbook_English.pdf

The National Forest Programme Facility and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) have the pleasure to announce a new web-initiative called: "Advice in obtaining funding for forestry related projects" .

The new site with the database and the forums have been set-up to support you in your search for funds for your forestry related projects (forestry in general, sustainable forest management, forest conservation, forest products, training and scholarships in forestry and natural resources, etc.). The forums and the on-line moderator can help you with your enquiries for specific funding, show you the website of sources of funding, and increase your skills on how to apply for funds more effectively. In return, you can contribute to the forums by posting your information on available funding sources, ideas and experiences.

If you are interested in joining the forums please subscribe by clicking the following link <http://www.fao.org/forestry/site/17261/en> (English);<http://wwww.fao.org/forestry/site/1726/fr> (French); <www.fao.org/forestry/site/17261/sp> (Spanish) . The website to search for funds is available in 3 languages. Forum pages are available.

Tips & Tricks on How to Apply for the European Commission’s Budget Lines for Sustainable Development. Alexandra Mueller. 5th Edition. German Foundation for World Population, Germany.  The German Foundation for World Population (DSW) has recently published the latest update of its funding guide “Tips & Tricks” which is now available in its fifth edition. By serving governmental and non-governmental institutions world-wide, it is a valuable resource to grant-seekers, as it provides detailed, practical and annually updated information on funding lines from the European Commission. The latest edition is available online: <http://www.eurongos.org/resources/tips>. For a free hard copy of the guide, please contact Alexandra Mueller <alexandra.mueller[at]dsw-hannover.de>.

European Tropical Forest Research Network - ETFRN has a Funding Resources page available on the web at:  <http://www.etfrn.org/etfrn/resource/frames/linkfund.html>

TROP (Training Opportunities Database) - <ipgri-training[at]cgiar.org>

A Guide to Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships in International Forestry and Natural Resources.  This guide contains a detailed description of grants, fellowships, and scholarships available to university students, scholars, and professionals seeking funding to undertake studies or research in forestry or natural resources. Each award has a hyper textual linked title to the home page of the funding organization (where available). For each award, details provided include the title of each program (with relevant links); a description; the purpose; eligibility requirements; the number, duration, and amount of awards; and application requirements, deadlines, instructions, and contacts. <http://www.fs.fed.us/people/gf/gf00.htm>
Internet Resources: Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships <http://www.fs.fed.us/people/gf/gf5.htm>
West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development has compiled a web page with information regarding educational fellowships and grants. <http://www.coraf.org/formations/>
Community of Science (COS) is the leading Web site for scientists and scholars to find funding, promote their research and collaborate with peers worldwide. COS enables R&D professionals to communicate across a Web network of shared research, funding information and comprehensive science and technology data, facilitating "virtual communities" whereby societies and scholars in selected disciplines can convene and collaborate on the Web. <http://www.cos.com/>
 

●Funding Programs●

 
WFI International Fellowship Program. Location: Portland, Oregon, USA. Term: 6-12 months—application accepted year-round. Cost: US$20,000 (12 months) Shorter terms prorated. About 80% of the funds go directly to the Fellow’s salary and program expenses. Visa and travel fees are additional. Contact: <http://wfi.worldforestry.org/index/international-fellowship.html>.
SEED Awards.  Applicants are welcome for the Seed Awards. Apply if:
1. You are finding new ways of simultaneously improving incomes and strengthening livelihoods; tackling poverty and marginalization; and managing and conserving natural resources and ecosystems.
2. You are developing a new concept that brings together people and organizations from different backgrounds to work in partnership, and partners are pooling their commitment and human, financial, and natural resources.
3. Your project or enterprise is in the early stages of development and keen to increase its impacts.
4. Your project or enterprise is locally-led, with strong community engagement, and takes place in a country or countries with a developing economy or economy in transition.
5. Your project or enterprise displays entrepreneurship in its broadest sense and shows a proven concept that has market potential; it must demonstrate financial sustainability in the long term and should have a draft business plan.

Winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development received a tailored package of support services, worth up to US$40,000, to help their venture to become established and to increase their impact. This included access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance.
The SEED Initiative was founded by IUCN, UNDP, and UNEP to deliver concrete progress towards the internationally-agreed, aspirational goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. Detailed eligibility criteria and application forms are available at <www.seedinit.org>.
CLP Conservation Awards - The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of four conservation organisations -- BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna &amp; Flora International, the Wildlife Conservation Society. The mission of the Conservation Leadership Programme is to promote the development of future conservation leaders and provide them with the capacity to address the most significant conservation issues of our time. The CLP has been helping young conservationists to achieve their goals and move into positions of influence within the conservation sector for more than 25 years. Successful applicants will: 1.) Develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members; 2.) Implement high-priority conservation projects combining research and action; and 3.) Contribute to the long-term success of local conservation efforts. This year's awards include: Future Conservationist Awards (up to US $12,500 each); Conservation Follow-up Awards (up to US $25,000 each) -- available only to previous CLP Future Conservationist Award winners; * Conservation Leadership Awards (up to US $50,000 each) -- available only to previous CLP Follow-up Award winners. Read more: <http://cambodiajobs.blogspot.com/2010/09/clp-conservation-awards.html> or <http://www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org/ApplyNow.asp>.
Grad school or Peace Corps…why not do both? The Peace Corps Master’s International program combines graduate study with Peace Corps service overseas. Prospective students apply simultaneously to the Peace Corps and the graduate program(s) of their choice. Typically, students complete one year of graduate school and then serve 27 months in the Peace Corps, after which they return to the university to complete any remaining degree requirements. More than 50 universities – nine of which offer graduate degrees in forestry – currently partner with the program.

Since 1987, the Master’s International program has offered participants a unique opportunity to combine graduate study with significant international service, connecting theory and practice and contributing to the Peace Corps' first goal: to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.  For more information about this education adventure of a lifetime, please visit www.peacecorps.gov/masters. For information about other Peace Corps opportunities in forestry visit www.peacecorps.gov
The Equator Initiative.  <http://www.equatorinitiative.org/> The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, civil society, business, governments and communities to help build the capacity and raise the profile of grassroots efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

The world's greatest concentrations of biological wealth are found in the tropics, in countries that also have some of the highest levels of poverty. The good news is that communities are charting a path toward sustainability, creatively using biological resources for food, medicine, shelter and improved livelihoods in ways that raise incomes and protect the environment. The Equator Initiative champions and supports community efforts to link economic development and income generation with the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

The Equator Initiative's work is organized around four themes:
The Equator Prize is a prestigious international award that recognizes outstanding local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. An innovative programme of community and local-global dialogues, learning exchanges and meetings, Equator Dialogues celebrate local successes, share experiences and inform policy. Equator Knowledge is a comprehensive research and learning initiative dedicated to synthesizing lessons from local conservation and poverty reduction practice. Equator Ventures is a unique investment program focused on blended finance and capacity development for biodiversity enterprises in the most biodiversity-rich locations of the world.
Bolsas de Pós Doutorado no Canadá. Inscrições para bolsas de pós-doutorado. Até 19 de novembro são recebidas as inscrições de doutores brasileiros interessados em realizar suas pesquisas de pós-doutorado no Canadá com bolsas de estudo oferecidas pelo próprio governo canadense.

A iniciativa é aberta a candidatos que tenham concluído o doutorado há, no máximo, 2 anos – ou que o completem até o início da bolsa, em março de 2008 – nas áreas de Humanas, Ciências Sociais, Ciências Naturais e Engenharia, exceto artistas profissionais ou interessados em realizar pesquisa clínica ou treinamento relativo a tratamento de pacientes.

É necessário também que os candidatos sejam cidadãos brasileiros, sendo vetada a participação daqueles que obtiveram cidadania canadense ou solicitaram visto de residência permanente. Além disso, já devem ter sido aceitos em programa de pós-doutorado de uma instituição pública canadense reconhecida ou de instituto de pesquisa afiliado.

O valor total da bolsa oferecida é de $32 mil dólares canadenses, o que perfaz atualmente R$59.017,90. O programa não contempla auxílio financeiro a dependentes e tem duração de 1 ano.

Os interessados deverão acessar o site www.brasil.gc.ca, no qual encontrarão o formulário de inscrição e a relação completa da documentação exigida, que deverão ser enviados até o prazo mencionado para a Embaixada do Canadá, em Brasília.
S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney PhD Fellowships -The College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. Awarded to exceptional students beginning a doctoral program in the College of Natural Resources. Recipients must have been accepted into a PhD program, and must be recommended by their major professor and department head. Qualified applicants will be chosen based on evidence of superior scholarly accomplishments, commitment to their profession, and potential for success in their program and overall career. Further information may also be obtained by phone (435) 797-2445 or e-mail to <nradvise[at]cc.usu.edu>.
Becas para latinoamericanos. La Fundación Carolina convoca más de 1.500 becas para estudiantes latinoamericanos. A partir del 20 de diciembre y hasta el próximo 4 de marzo con carácter general, se abre el plazo de la Convocatoria de becas 2007-2008 de la Fundación Carolina. En esta nueva edición el número de becas ofertadas es de 1.650, ciento cincuenta más que el año pasado, y cinco veces más que en 2001. De ellas, 1.114 serán para estudios de postgrado, 361 para doctorados y estancias cortas postdoctorales y 175 de formación permanente. Esta última modalidad está abierta indistintamente a ciudadanos latinoamericanos y españoles.
Más información: www.fundacioncarolina.es <http://www.fundacioncarolina.es/fundacioncarolina/>.
Grant Program web page--The U.S Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service--information on the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, the Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund and soon the Great Apes Conservation Fund.   http://International.fws.gov/grants/grants.html
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), solely sponsored by the Government of Japan. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/WBI/EXTWBISFP/EXTJJWBGSP/0,,contentMDK:20276784~menuPK:552350~pagePK:64168445~piPK:64168309~theSitePK:551644,00.html
ERASMUS MUNDUS MASTERS COURSES -
  SUFONAMA (Sustainable Forest and Nature Management):  An Erasmus Mundus Course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management <www.sufonama.net>
  SUTROFOR (Sustainable Tropical Forestry) - Erasmus Mundus Masters Course. The MSc programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) is a top-level programme aimed at preparing qualified graduates to deal with contemporary tropical forestry. It provides students with direct access to the best tropical forestry teaching in Europe.  <http://www.sutrofor.net/>.
  Full descriptions of the two Erasmus Mundus MSc programmes, inclusive of application procedure and forms, are found on: www.sufonama.net and www.sutrofor.net
PH.D. FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY - College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. The College has a major contribution to establish a number of Ph.D. fellowships for research work and study in all aspects of natural resources, including outdoor recreation and natural resources-based tourism. We have one fellowship available through our Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (extension.usu.edu/iort) in the Department of Environment and Society  <www.cnr.usu.edu/envs> for a Ph.D. degree program in either Recreation Resources Management (RRM) or Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management (HDESM) with a RRM emphasis. This will be a four-year fellowship that includes a yearly $20,000 stipend along with a tuition waiver of approximately $12,500 per year. In addition, the selected fellow will be provided with research support from his/her chosen faculty advisor/mentor. Minimum requirements for graduate matriculation into USU's School of Graduate Studies are a cumulative 3.2 GPA and 1100 combined GRE scores (verbal and quantitative). The most successful applicants greatly exceed these minimum requirements, as competition for this fellowship will be keen. All interested candidates should apply to both USU's School of Graduate Studies <www.usu.edu/gradsch> and the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney Ph.D. Fellowships Program. Every applicant must state she/he is interested in the RRM or HDESM degree program. Application review process will begin January 15, 2007, for a Fall 2007 start.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Center for Tropical Forest Science. The Research Grants Program of the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute supports research associated with the CTFS network of Forest Dynamics Plots. This grants program is intended to provide opportunities for senior researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to utilize existing Forest Dynamics Plots and to conduct research with scientists associated with these plots. <http://www.stri.org/>

updated 15 May 2006

MSc Thesis Research Fellowship - Agroforestry. The 2nd Phase of the Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE), supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), includes a limited number of MSc Thesis Research Fellowships. One Fellowship will be open for regional competition, while five additional Fellowships will be open for national competition in Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, respectively. Applicants from these countries are encouraged to apply. In the case of Laos, students abroad (e.g. in Thailand) are eligible. SEANAFE hereby invites applications for a regional MSc Thesis Research Fellowship in agroforestry and natural resources management. Research topics should be in one of the following areas:

-Marketing of agroforestry tree products
-Landscape agroforestry
-Forestry and environmental policies

For further information and application form please contact: Dr. Monton Jamroenprucksa, SEANAFE Chair, Email: fformtj[at]ku.ac.th or Per G Rudebjer, SEANAFE Technical Adviser, Email: <p.rudebjer[at]cgiar.org>. Fellowship announcement and application form also available at: <http://www.worldagroforestry.org/sea/networks/Seanafe/Index.asp>.

updated 15 May 2006

Native Leadership Scholarship for women’s non-doctoral graduate study. The Native Leadership Scholarship (NLS) programme aims to create educational opportunities for women around the world who are grassroots leaders, organizers and activists demonstrating financial need. Scholarship recipients enroll in programmes of study that cover a range of human rights and development issues at the non-doctoral graduate level including gender, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child exploitation, human and drug trafficking, infant and maternal mortality, microbial diseases, conflict resolution, environmental justice, global fair trade, agroecology, and sustainable development.

The NLS awards four to six scholarships per year, up to US$25,000 per academic year for a maximum of two years. The awards help the recipients meet the costs of tuition, fees, books, educational supplies, housing, maintenance, and travel to and from the home country and the educational institution. NLS awards are paid directly to the institution in a student's account.

An eligible candidate is a woman leader who:
Is committed to grassroots organizing and the needs of her community or indigenous group
Has proof of a bachelor's or a higher degree
Has at least three years of work experience dealing with critical human rights concerns, and other social, educational, environmental, health or economic conditions.
Is accepted into a non-doctoral graduate programme at an accredited university for full-time study/research related to her work experience
Can show evidence of financial need for educational support
Intends to return to her home country to work, utilizing training and research acquired in the study programme

For more information, see <http://www.nativeleaders.org>.

The UNEP Sasakawa Prize is awarded every year to individuals who have an established track record of achievement and the potential to make outstanding contributions to the protection and management of the environment consistent with the policies and objectives of UNEP. UNEP's Sasakawa Prize annually awards $200,000 to one innovative and groundbreaking grassroots initiative in a developing country, that has a powerful socio-environmental impact. This year's theme is "Forests for People, Forests for Green Growth," in support of the 2011 International Year of Forests. Nominated initiatives must be sustainable and replicable, contribute to rural empowerment, and help to boost local economies.

Nomination forms for the UNEP Sasakawa Prize are available online <http://www.unep.org/sasakawa/> or from:


The Secretary
UNEP Sasakawa Prize
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Division of Communications and Public Information
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 62 34 01 / 62 31 28
Fax: +254 20 62 39 27

The IITA-Lukas Brader Scholarship Fund (LBSF): For PhD in Agriculture and Related Sciences.  IITA, in collaboration with Wageningen University through the IITA-LBSF Scholarship Program, provides graduate training for outstanding students from sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research towards a PhD program in agriculture and related sciences. For information, click here.
University of Florida. Working Forests in the Tropics Ph.D. Fellowship announcement. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Working Forests in the Tropics Program at the University of Florida offers competitive doctoral fellowships for training and research focused on tradeoffs among economic uses, ecological conservation, and regional development in the tropical forests of Latin America. Information and application guidelines are on-line at:  <http://www.tropicalforests.ufl.edu/wft>.
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.  GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS - . We are looking for talented and highly motivated students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Canada. Applications are invited for two graduate-level research assistantships. These assistantships are supported by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project "Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation and their Impacts on Local Attitude and Participation in Conservation". Prospective applicants for the above research assistantship must meet UNBC's admission criteria for graduate studies. They should have relevant knowledge of social aspects of biodiversity conservation and protected area management in developing countries. Students from a variety of disciplines including geography, recreation and tourism, environmental studies, and political science are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in Nepal (roughly 3-4 months) in their second year of graduate studies. Funding is available for two years. Interested applicants should send a cover letter (indicating their undergraduate GPA) and CV to: Sanjay K. Nepal, Assistant Professor, Geography/Resource Recreation and Tourism Program University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9, Canada. Tel: +1-250- 960 5628 ; Fax: +1-250- 960- 5538. Email: <nepals[at]unbc.ca>. For more information about UNBC, see: http://www.unbc.ca/
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS): PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Research topics should relate clearly to one of the following current research areas of the UNU-IAS:

Biodiplomacy
Sustainable Development Governance
Science Policy for Sustainable Development
Ecosystems&People
Education for Sustainable Development

Contact details: Email: <fellowships[at]ias.unu.edu>
For more information, go to: <http://www.ias.unu.edu/fellowships/details.cfm/articleID/764>

updated 3 September 2008

Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP-TP) -- The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within the framework of sustainable capacity-building directed towards reducing poverty in developing countries. The NFP is focused on meeting the need for further training and capacity-building in a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations (educational institutions, planning agencies, ministries, community-based organizations, private enterprises, etc.). The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals nominated by their employers.

The NFP consists of two sub-programmes: the Academic Programme (NFP/AP) offering scholarships (fellowships) for master and PhD programmes as well as refresher courses, and the Training Programme (NFP/TP), offering fellowships for short courses, tailor-made training programmes and refresher courses. For the majority of courses/training programmes, applicants should hold a BSc or BA degree in order to meet minimum educational requirements.

NFP information and applications guidelines and forms can be found at <http://www.nuffic.nl>. The website for the International Agricultural Centre (IAC) is: <http://www.wi.wur.nl/> and contains course and training information, etc.

 

updated 3 September 2008

Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships in Botany for South American Researchers. The Missouri Botanical Garden announces a competition for the Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships in Botany for South American Researchers. The fellowship will cover the cost of a round-trip air ticket to St. Louis, lodging in the Garden apartment, and a small stipend for food and miscellaneous expenses in St. Louis for a period of one to three months. The competition is open to young Latin American botanists who work in the field of botany or are botanists at universities or other governmental or non-governmental scientific institutions in South America. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a university. The fields of investigation are limited to systematic botany, ecology, or conservation. All interested applicants should visit the website: www.mobot.org to obtain a list of application materials, or contact Alina Freire-Fierro, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299, USA. Voice: 314-577-9535; fax: 314-577-0830; e-mail alina.freire[at]mobot.org.
Institute of Forestry: Master’s and PhD degrees.  The Institute of Forestry, Office of the Dean, invites application from interested and qualified Nepalese and foreign nationals who wish to pursue M.Sc. degree studies in (a) Forestry and (b) Watershed Management, and Ph.D. in Forestry at the Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal.

Eligibility Criteria:
A: Master of Science in Forestry
An applicant must have at least a 3 years B.Sc. Forestry degree from TU or recognized by the Tribhuvan University. Foreign applicants should have studied their undergraduate courses in English medium. Staff seat will be reserved only for IOF staff members who have at least 3 years B.Sc. Forestry Degree from TU or recognized by TU. Senior faculty members will get priority. However, all applicants who apply must pass the entrance examination.

B: Master of Science in Watershed Management
An applicant must have at least a 3 years B.Sc. Forestry degree or B.Sc. Agriculture, or B.Sc. Environmental Science or B.Sc. Environmental Management or B.E. (civil Engineering) or B.E. (Agriculture Engineering) or B.E. (Environmental Engineering) or B.Sc. degree with major in any of the following subjects: Soil or Geology or Hydrology or Metrology, from the Tribhuvan University (T.U.) or from an university recognized by the Tribhuvan University. Foreign applicants should have studied their undergraduate courses in the English medium.

C: Ph.D. in Forestry
The Doctoral Programme leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Forestry at the Institute of Forestry of the Trivhuvan University is intended for those who wish to develop careers in teaching and research in the field of forestry and natural resources. The programme requires candidates to attain a high standard of academic achievement and contribute substantially to the field of scientific knowledge through original research for being admitted to Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, the field of study being forestry undertaken in the IOF.

A candidate is eligible for enrollment and registration provided he/she has secured at least Second class at the Master’s degree level (M.Sc.) in Forestry, or Natural Resource (Soil Conservation and Watershed Management) from TU or recognized by TU.

For further information please contact: Institute of Forestry, Pokhara, Nepal, E-mail: <iofdean[at]fewanet.com.np>.
Future Generations. <www.future.org> Equitable and sustainable community change is possible; and change can occur rapidly and on a large scale. This is the experience of Future Generations, a nonprofit educational institution founded in 1992 that teaches and enables a process of equitable and sustainable community change in four countries (Afghanistan , China , India and Peru). Future Generations offers a two year Master's Degree in Applied Conservation and Community Development. This innovative program is geared for community development practitioners from diverse backgrounds with a commitment to achieve equitable and sustainable development. The program incorporates three modes of instruction: Distance learning, Site-based, and On-The-Job Applications. Two separate months of each year will be spent at field instruction sites which include India, the US, Peru and Tibet, China. Students spend the remainder of the year at work in their home communities with classes and practicums via internet.

The on-line catalogue contains detailed information on all aspects of the program. The catalogue and application forms are available at Future Generations web site (http://www.future.org ). Dan Wessner, Director of Academic Programs, Future Generations, HC 73 Box 100, North Mountain, Franklin, WV 26807 USA. Email: <wessner[at]future.org> Telephone (304) 358-2000 / Fax (304) 358-3008.
Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization. The Institute of Women's Studies (University of Ottawa) and the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies (Carleton University), with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), are pleased to announce the second year of a research programme on feminist perspectives on globalization. This four year (2004-2008) programme offers highly qualified researchers working on issues of globalization from a feminist perspective, from developing countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, the opportunity to spend a research term in Ottawa based at one of the two universities.  The Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization will contribute to gender and development research at both universities and provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between feminist scholars in Canada and the developing world and between North and South.  The Institutes of Women's Studies will alternate in welcoming one visiting scholar per year.

Applications are invited for the 2005-6 Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization to be based at the Institute of Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa. (In 2006-2007, the Visiting Scholar will be based at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies, Carleton University.)  The position is open to scholars from developing countries (both tenured and untenured faculty, as well as from post-doctoral or independent scholars) who are pursuing critical feminist research. Applicants must be fluent in French, have a completed PhD, a record of scholarly publications, and a current and established research project in relation to one or more of the research field listed below. Individuals currently pursuing a university doctoral degree are not eligible.

Specific areas of interest can include environment and natural resource management.

During their stay in Canada, the Visiting Scholar will pursue and present their ongoing research in conferences and seminars as requested, participate in outreach activities, and produce a paper based on their ongoing research which reflects their time and work in Canada. It is anticipated that this research will promote policy advocacy and/or further gender and development studies and the effective integration of gender equality in development policy and programming.

The duration of the Visiting Scholar's stay will be a six (6) month period within the university's 2005-2006 academic year, which runs from September 2005 to April 2006. The recipient will receive a generous stipend to cover travel, research and living expenses (including medical insurance coverage). The successful applicant will have access to library services, a shared phone and computer facilities.

Applications may be submitted in French or English, and must include: an abbreviated curriculum vitae (10-12 pp.); a letter of intent outlining the research to be undertaken in Canada (max. 2 pp.); a list of recent publications; availability during the 2005-2006 academic year; and the names and addresses (postal and e-mail) of two referees. Please forward applications to: Selection Committee, Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization, c/o Helene Boudreault, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa, 143 Seraphin-Marion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1S 5B6; Telephone (613) 520-6644; Fax (613) 562-5994; email <hboudre[at]uottawa.ca>.

The closing date for submitting applications is March 10, 2005 (application dossiers received after this date will not be examined). Selection will be completed by May 15, 2005. Please note that only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Candidates may access the following websites for additional information about the Institutes of Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa and at Carleton University.
<http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/womenst/fra/>; <http://www.carleton.ca/womenstudies/>
Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award Scheme (DHPA). <http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/hodgkin/>. This UK initiative brings outstanding students from India, China, South Africa, Brazil, and other developing countries to study for PhDs in top rated UK research facilities. The 2005 awards will provide funding for up to 160 new PhD students.
Scholarship Opportunities for the 2006 Forest Leadership Conference - ForestLeadership is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for its 2006 conference, on March 1-2, 2006 in Toronto, ON. The conference, entitled "The Sustainability Challenge” is set to attract several of the most prominent speakers in sustainable forest development, corporate social responsibility and certification. ForestLeadership has established a scholarship program to provide funding and opportunities for participants whom otherwise would not be able to attend the conference and workshops. The scholarship program is geared towards the inclusion of forest dependent communities, First Nations, environmental groups, small non-industrial forest owners and academia, particularly students. The scholarships will cover the registration fees of the conference, which will address strategic challenges faced by the North American forest and paper sector. Topics to be discussed at the 2006 ForestLeadership Conference include addressing key long term forest & paper sustainability challenges, including in the boreal; adapting to evolving responsible paper purchasing policies; managing global certified supply chains for pulp & paper products; seizing opportunities associated with bio-energy and the Kyoto Protocol; reconciling forest & paper sustainability with financial viability; and generating value through corporate social responsibility. The 2006 ForestLeadership Conference will be held in Toronto, at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel just next to Toronto’s international airport. Pre- and post-conference workshops will be held on February 28 and on March 2nd in the afternoon. Interested applicants can find complete details and download the application form at <www.ForestLeadership.com>. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and no later than January 20, 2006.
International Fellowship Program – World Forest Institute – See <http://wfi.worldforestrycenter.org/fell-index.htm>  The WFI Fellowship Program brings young forestry and forest products professionals from around the world to work at the World Forest Institute for 6 to 12 months. Over 50 Fellows from 20 countries have participated in the program.
U.S. Community Forestry Research Fellowships available - The U.S. Community Forestry Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships to graduate students to support their field work in communities in the United States. The awards are up to $15,000 for dissertation fellows, up to $7,000 for masters fellows, and $2,000 for predissertation fellows. The program accepts proposals dealing with the broad array of issues and resources in community forestry, including, but not limited to, collaborative processes and conflict resolution, social networks, political ecology of forest communities, urban forestry issues, watershed restoration, park creation and management, forest labor issues, nontimber forest product production (floral greens, basket-making materials, wild mushrooms, maple syrup, etc.), and revitalization of local lifeways and cultures. Questions concerning issues of social justice and equity are especially welcome. Eligibility: Students at any institution of higher learning may apply for a fellowship. The applicant must be enrolled in a degree-granting program in the social sciences, economics, environmental science, forestry, agriculture, or natural resource management, policy and planning at their home institution. Applicants must be engaged in research that deals directly with or is explicitly relevant to U.S. forest communities. Field work must be participatory; Fellows must work actively with members of the community in which they are conducting research to engage them in the research process. Deadline: Applications must be received by February 1, 2006. For more details about the program and information on how to apply visit the website at <http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/community_forestry/>.
Becas para estudiantes Latinoamericanos. La Maestría en Economía y Desarrollo Industrial con orentación en PyMEs, va a otorgar BECAS para cursar la 6º edición (2006-2007) a estudiantes provenientes de paises latinoamericanos que deseen realizar este posgrado en Argentina. Las becas cubren en un 50% o 100% los costos de arancel y matrícula, es decir que los estudiantes sólo deben costearse los gastos de alojamiento y estadía. Mas información documento pdf - <maestria[at]ungs.edu.ar>
Programa de Becas para Postgrados Russell E. Train. Convocatoria para Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia y Perú: 2006-2007. Gracias a una contribución generosa de parte de la Fundación Gordon y Betty Moore, el programa Education for Nature (EFN) ofrecerá becas para postgrados en conservación para individuos de Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador y Perú. Las becas serán ofrecidas hasta el año 2007 y financiarán estudios de postgrado e cualquier país del mundo para conservacionistas y estudiantes que estén trabajando en la vertiente oriental de los Andes y Amazonía.

El apoyo financiero consistirá en el pago de matrículas, libros, viaje de ida y vuelta a la institución de estudios, alojamiento, comida y el desarrollo de investigaciones. Las becas apoyaran estudios por un máximo de dos años.

Para más información sobre las becas Russell E. Train de postgrado y otras oportunidades del programa Education for Nature, visite nuestra página web: <www.wwf-efn.org>, o <escriba a efn[at]wwfperu.org.pe>.

updated 15 May 2006

Becas para Profesionales Visitantes Gordon y Betty Moore para la Conservación de los Bosques Tropicales en la Región Andes-Amazónica - Programa de bolsas de apoio abre edital para 2ª chamada 2005.

O IEB - Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil abre a segunda chamada anual do seu Programa BECA - Bolsas de Estudo para a Conservação da Amazônia. Com o apoio da Fundação Gordon e Betty Moore, o Programa concede bolsas de estudo para o aperfeiçoamento acadêmico de estudantes de nível médio, de graduação e pós-graduação, pesquisadores, líderes comunitários e técnicos de organizações governamentais, não-governamentais e privadas, que atuam em áreas relacionadas à conservação da biodiversidade na Amazônia brasileira, permitindo-lhes aprimorar o seu desempenho profissional.

O Programa BECA terá vigência até 2009 e oferece três modalidades de apoio: Pequenos Apoios para Graduandos e Estudantes de Nível Médio; Bolsas de Pós-Graduação e Desenvolvimento Profissional. Poderão se candidatar cidadã(o)s brasileira(o)s ou residentes legais no país que desenvolvam pesquisas ou trabalhos relacionados à conservação da biodiversidade da região Amazônica.

Excepcionalmente nesta chamada a Coordenação do Programa informa que não há recursos disponíveis para Bolsas de Doutorado no Exterior. O prazo final para as inscrições é 31 de agosto de 2005. Mais informações podem ser obtidas através do site <www.iieb.org.br> / <beca[at]iieb.org.br>.

The Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida (UF) announce a competition for the Gordon and Betty Moore Visiting Fellowships to support non-degree training related to Amazon forest conservation at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The visiting fellowships are open to conservation professionals, researchers, university professors, and Ph.D. students who are legal residents of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, or Venezuela. Fellowships are for four to twelve months in length and may start at any time between June 2006 and January 2007. More information: <http://www.tropicalforests.ufl.edu/acli/fellowship.htm>.

The International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water & Food (CPWF).  IFS Young Scientists. Closing Date: Until filled. The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is accepting applications from young scientists in developing countries for IFS Research Grants to do research on the sustainable management, use, or conservation of biological or water resources. This broad statement covers natural science and social science research on agriculture, soils, animal production, food science, forestry, agroforestry, aquatic resources, natural products, water resources, etc. Applications are accepted all year and are to be made on an IFS Application Form. For information about the IFS grant and application process, please go to: <http://www.ifs.se/Programme/eligibility.asp>.
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS).
Position
: PhD & Postdoctoral Fellowships - Sustainable Development
Location : Yokohama, Japan
Closing date : 6 May 2005

United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) is a multi-thematic, interdisciplinary, research and training centre located in Yokohama, Japan. Its programmes are directed at pressing global issues of concern to United Nations, making use of advanced research methodologies in the field of sustainable development. Our fellowship programmes are aimed at providing young scientists, policy makers, and developing country scholars with the opportunity to expand their intellectual vision beyond a single scientific field.

UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for its three fellowship programmes: UNU-IAS PhD Fellowships, UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowships, and JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships. UNU-IAS PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered for a period of 10 months beginning in October 2005. JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered for 12-24 months beginning in November 2005. Postdoctoral candidates must have completed a PhD degree, and PhD candidates must be at the advanced stage of their doctoral dissertation. Candidates' current research must be closely related to one of the current thematic areas of the Institute (see http://www.ias.unu.edu/research for more details).

For additional research areas and separate fellowship conditions for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships, please see http://www.ias.unu.edu/fellowships/jspspostdoc.cfm.

Please visit http://www.ias.unu.edu/fellowships for more information and send inquiries to fellowships[at]ias.unu.edu. Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.ias.unu.edu/fellowships/apply.cfm.
Programa BECA - informações.  Quero convidar-lhes a conhecer os objetivos, a filosofia e as modalidades de apoio do Programa BECA (Bolsas de Estudo para a Conservação da Amazônia), o programa de treinamento e capacitação para
profissionais e técnicos na área de conservação da biodiversidade na Amazônia brasileira que estou coordenando no IEB. O Programa visa conceder bolsas de estudo para profissionais, técnicos e instituições engajados na conservação, no uso sustentável e na repartição dos benefícios oriundos da biodiversidade na Amazônia brasileira. As modalidades de apoio destinam-se ao aperfeiçoamento acadêmico de estudantes de graduação e pós-graduação, pesquisadores, líderes
comunitários e técnicos de organizações governamentais, não-governamentais e privadas, que atuam na área ambiental, permitindo-lhes aprimorar o seu trabalho. Para maiores detalhes sobre o Programa acessem
<http://www.iieb.org.br/programa.asp?id_subprograma=36&id_programa=11>. Para conhecer as modalidades de apoio oferecidas acessem <http://www.iieb.org.br/programa.asp?id_subprograma=37&id_programa=11>.

Observo que algumas das modalidades de apoio podem ser de interesse direto de alguns dentre vocês - estudantes de pós-graduação, técnicos de órgãos governamentais, ONGs e instituições privadas, e os vinculados às organizações do movimento social e popular na Amazônia. O edital com a primeira chamada irá ao ar em 15 de março. Estamos em fase de constituição do corpo de pareceristas /ad hoc/ e do Comitê de Seleção, para o que alguns destinatários desta mensagem serão oportunamente convidados.

Agradeço antecipadamente se puderem - e tiverem interesse e possibilidade de - divulgar amplamente o Programa BECA em suas redes, sites e boletins eletrônicos, entre seus colegas de instituição/organização e demais interessados na temática.

Recebam, uma vez mais, minhas cordiais saudações.

Henyo T. Barretto Filho.
Fonte: Sergio Cantuária
Champions of the Earth. UNEP invites you to nominate individuals or groups for its new international environment award ‘Champions of the Earth’. This award will be presented each year to six outstanding environmental achievers and leaders of the world, who made a significant and recognized contribution, regionally or beyond, to the protection and sustainable management of the Earth’s environment and natural resources. There is a deadline for applications. For information go to: <http://www.unep.org/champions/>.
Campeones de la Tierra. Campeones de la Tierra es un nuevo premio internacional del medio ambiente que será presentado todos los años por el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente a seis destacados activistas ambientales y líderes – uno de cada región del mundo. Mas informacion: <http://www.unep.org/champions/Spanish.pdf>. 
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSM Fellowships), co-sponsored by the World Bank and Princeton University. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/WBI/EXTWBISFP/EXTRSMFP/0,,menuPK:552352~pagePK:64168427~piPK:64168435~theSitePK:551843,00.html
The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) <http://www.conservationfinance.org/index.htm> was created to catalyze increased and sustainable public and private financing for biodiversity conservation to support the effective implementation of global commitments to conservation.
The DFID Forestry Research Programme (FRP) at Natural Resources International (NRI) Ltd, in the United Kingdom invites you--meaning those with interest in research--to submit concept notes on two topics (in fact one will do too): 1) Management of upper water catchments or watersheds; and 2) chainsaw logging and milling.

The topic on management of upper water catchments recognizes that access to clean water needs active management and that this costs money. Equitable systems for capture and distribution of benefits resulting from good upstream forest and land management need to be developed. FRP expects that this research will build upon the existing work on watershed management and will provide a socio-economic component to existing activities. Research should result in applicable models that can measurably improve the livelihoods of the upland poor. Hence, anything highly technical on reduced impact logging wouldn't apply. Perhaps you can show how RIL can make poor people, such as those who rely on fishing, better off.

The topic on chainsaw logging and milling refers to the need by poor communities for income generation and to the dangers posed by illegal forest harvesting and trade in forest products. The research is expected to be a desk study resulting in an applicable decision support model and a manual for logging systems.

There is a very, very short period for the concept note stage because FRP expects only a small number of institutions to be able to respond. The concept note is a brief document, about 3 pages of text, 1 page of logical framework and 1 page of budget. All research resulting from this call must be completed by 31 January 2006, because the FRP and other programmes in DFID's Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy are being closed on 31 March 2006.

Concept Notes should be sent to the FRP at NRI by the closing date of 4 February 2005. Including today that leaves you 12 days. Applicants will be notified whether their proposals have been selected for a full application by 25 February 2005. Full funding applications, also in the prescribed format, will be required by 18 March 2005. Decisions on funding will be notified by 31 March 2005.

From the day you know that your full proposal has been accepted to the day you have to deliver you only have one year. So keep in mind that your proposed work should build on existing work. Don't start something from scratch. If you are interested you better hurry. Full details of the application procedures are given in the "Forestry Research Programme - project proposers' briefing notes", which can be obtained from the FRP Senior Administrator, Mrs. Katelijne Rothschild-Van Look, Tel: (0 1732) 87 86 92, fax 22 04 97, e-mail <k.rothschild[at]nrint.co.uk> and from the Internet website: <http://www.frp.uk.com/>.
The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program for the Americas has an ambitious goal: To encourage the best graduate students in the Americas to conduct research critical for conserving national parks throughout the region. For this program, the Americas include Canada, the United States, Mexico, the countries of Central and South America, and the countries of the Caribbean.

The program's objectives are to:
* support research on critical problems facing the region’s national parks,
* encourage the use of national parks as laboratories for science, and
* develop world leaders in science and conservation.

By providing support to Ph.D. students throughout the region, the Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program for the Americas hopes to develop the next generation of scientists working in the fields of conservation, environmental science, and national park management. It is these scientists who will learn, discover, invent, and create solutions to preserve the national parks of the 21st century. <http://www.nature.nps.gov>.

Programa Canon para Investigadores Científicos de Parques Nacionales. El Programa Canon anuncia su convocatoria para el año 2005. El programa es fruto de la colaboración entre Canon USA., Inc., la Asociación Americana para el Avance de la Ciencia y el Servicio de Parques Nacionales de los Estados Unidos. El programa concederá ocho becas de U$S 78.000 (setenta y ocho mil dólares) cada una a estudiantes de doctorado de América que realicen investigaciones clave para la conservación de los parques nacionales de la región. Pueden optar a las becas proyectos en ciencias biológicas, físicas, sociales y culturales, al igual que proyectos en una nueva categoría — la innovación tecnológica aplicada a la ciencia de la conservación.  <http://www.nature.nps.gov>

The World Bank seeks ideas for Environment Projects. The Bank's Development Marketplace plans to award $3 million for innovative, local projects that provide unique solutions to environmental challenges. The Development Marketplace 2005, with the theme of "Innovations for Livelihoods in a Sustainable Environment," reflects the Bank's determination to support local ideas that improve the lives of poor people while minimizing environmental degradation. The competition is open to civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, youth organizations, private foundations, academia, private-sector corporations and others. The maximum award will be US$150,000 per proposal. See: <http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20289921%7EmenuPK:34463%7E pagePK:64003015%7EpiPK:64003012%7EtheSitePK:4607,00.html>
UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Fellowships. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is calling on young researchers with advanced degrees (M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent) in developing countries to apply to the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme for fellowships ranging from USD $6,000 to USD $10,000. The amount varies according to duration and place of study. The duration of the research studies could be between 3 months (minimum) to 9 months (maximum).

Through this programme, UNESCO grants a total of 20 fellowships a year to researchers in four areas: environment, intercultural dialogue, information and communication technologies, and peaceful conflict resolution.

A maximum of two researchers, no older than 40, will be chosen by each National Commission. A selection committee made up of experts in the four study areas will then examine the applications and make preliminary recommendations to the Director-General.

Only applications from invited countries are eligible to apply (see below for more information). No applications will be considered from individuals. All applications must be sent to the National Commission for UNESCO of the country of origin of the candidate (see below for more information). The National Commission will decide whether they will submit the application to UNESCO. It should be noted that all candidatures must be endorsed by the National Commission for UNESCO.

To obtain The UNESCO Fellowship Application Form, applicants may contact the National Commission for UNESCO in their country. (The Medical Examination Report is NOT NEEDED when applying.) <http://www.unesco.org/fellowships>.
UNESCO's Small Grant Program--The overall goal of this programme is to encourage mid-career
professionals and their institutions to contribute to poverty eradication strategies and national action plans that are based on a human rights framework.

For information, please go to: http://portal.unesco.org/

UNESCO contribution under this programme is aimed at strengthening national capacities for research and policy analysis on poverty eradication, thus, assisting selected Member States in developing anti-poverty strategies and action plans based on human rights and in monitoring their implementation.

This programme targets researchers in selected Member States in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and parts of Latin America and the Caribbean - the regions or sub-regions, according to prevailing trends, least likely to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goal on halving extreme poverty by 2015.

UNESCO wishes to encourage research and policy analysis focusing on the relationship between poverty and human rights. The Organization also wishes to promote analysis on the impact of public policies on the rights of the poor, especially on the extent to which "pro-poor" policies and related national actions in development programming are actually contributing to improved livelihoods and participation of the poor. In cooperation with partners, UNESCO hopes to support work that moves toward a view of poverty as a human rights violation. In so doing the Organization hopes to contribute to a heightened awareness of the injustice of poverty, in accordance with the U.N. Committee on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights which describes it as "a human condition characterized by the sustained or chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights".

Policy research along the following lines would be of particular interest to UNESCO: Effectiveness of the existing legal and policy frameworks in ensuring and promoting pro-poor policies and eradication of poverty within a human rights framework Extent to which the existing framework of human rights law needs to be strengthened to promote abolition of poverty Role and capacity of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society groups in executing collective action to claim the (legal) rights of the poor. Collection of case studies that serve to illustrate the dimensions of poverty as a human rights violation and establish the relationship between these violations and the responsible agents and duty-bearers Compilation of a body of relevant domestic and international case law, legal precedent, and best practices data to serve as a resource base to support systematic efforts at human rights-based policy reform Demonstration or recommendations of effective approaches to promote collective action (i.e., the legal 'actio popularis') and equal participation of the poor in poverty abolition programmes.

Funding and eligibility:
The UNESCO Small Grants Programme will provide individual project grants in the amount of $10,000 (upper ceiling) to institutionally-based mid-career professionals at universities, specialized research centres, relevant Government departments, NGOs, etc., in the targeted regions of the world - selected on a competitive basis. This funding is intended to cover the direct costs of the research, including the local travel and subsistence of the principal researcher(s) and research assistants, acquisition of relevant literature and supplies, data collection, analysis, and report preparation. The grant will not cover the salaries of the principal researcher(s) or international travel.

Mid-career professionals with an attained doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in political science or other relevant social science discipline, focusing on human rights, are the intended beneficiaries of this capacity-building effort. Nevertheless, proposals from younger or senior professionals will be considered as well, especially when it can be demonstrated that they are a joint effort and will contribute to capacity-building. A number of younger professionals could also team up in a project provided that the justification for this is provided. Three grants will be earmarked for state of the art reviews of the literature on poverty and human rights (one in each of the three regions), to be allocated on a competitive basis to qualifying members of the CROP [Comparative Research Programme on Poverty] network.

Application, approval process, notification:
Eligible candidates are invited to submit their applications to the designated UNESCO Field Office (see below). A complete application will comprise a detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant (and of each team member when it is a joint effort), as well as a detailed research proposal (up to 20 standard pages) providing background on the issues to be studied, policy justification and expected results. To be successful, a project proposal will need to demonstrate the contribution the activity will make, over and above previous efforts.

Selection of successful participants will be made on a competitive basis, in two stages. At the regional level, a committee of 3-4 professionals, including the Directors of the UNESCO Offices concerned, will review proposals and make a pre-selection. The dossiers of the pre-selected candidates will then be forwarded to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris where they will be further reviewed by an International Advisory Committee and final decisions made. UNESCO will notify the successful candidates soon thereafter. This information will be posted on the Web site of the Sector of Social and Human Sciences as well.

Grant administration, reporting, monitoring and evaluation

The grants in this round are tenable for a period of up to 12 months from the date of notification. The funds will be disbursed through the participants' institutions. Those institutions will assist the UNESCO Field Office network in administering the grants. The Letter of Offer will specify the conditions of the grant, including the time lines for disbursement of funds and submission of periodic and final reports.

UNESCO will provide support to the professionals and institutions participating in this Small Grants Programme on an on-going basis and monitor the implementation of individual projects and the programme as a whole. At the end of the cycle the Organization will undertake an overall evaluation of the programme with a view to deciding the future direction of its action on poverty eradication efforts.

Dissemination of results:
The International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Small Grants Programme will convene in a final round to adjudicate on the quality of research results produced and on good practices in poverty eradication identified under this programme. The Advisory Committee will assure that each supported activity has built into it a strategy for the wide dissemination of worthwhile results, especially in the target country or at the sub-regional level. For the overall programme UNESCO will ensure the wide dissemination of important results and good practices at the international level using relevant mechanisms and channels (e.g., the Web, policy papers, video, CD-ROM, the Mass Media, etc.), in collaboration with different national, regional and international partners.

How to apply:
Interested participants should send their applications electronically, in English, French or Spanish, to the Director of the relevant UNESCO Field Office, as follows:

West and Central Africa:
UNESCO BAMAKO OFFICE: E-Mail: bamako[at]unesco.org Tel.: +223 223 34 92; 223 34 93; Fax: +223 223 34 94; Street address: Badalabougou Est; Postal address: B.P. E 1763, Bamako, MALI

Eastern and Southern Africa:
UNESCO DAR ES SALAAM OFFICE: E-Mail: dar-es-salaam[at]unesco.org Tel.: +255(22) 26 66 623; 26 671 65; Fax: +255 (22) 26 66 927; Street Address: Oyster Bay, Uganda Avenue Plot No 197 A, Dar es Salaam; Postal address: P.O. Box 31473, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA

Asia-Pacific:
UNESCO NEW DELHI OFFICE: E-Mail: <newdelhi[at]unesco.org>; Tel.: +91 (11) 671 3000; Fax: +91 (11) 671 3001/2; Street address: B 5/29 Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi; Postal address: Postal Code 110 029 New Delhi, INDIA

Latin America and the Caribbean:
UNESCO SAN JOSE OFFICE: E-Mail: <san-jose[at]unesco.org>; Tel.: +506 258 7625;
Fax: +506 258 74 58; 258 76 41; Street address: Paseo Coln, ave 1 bis, calle +28, casa esquinera # 2810, San José; Postal address: Apartado 220-2120, San
Francisco de Guadalupe, COSTA RICA.

Copies of all applications should also be sent electronically to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris - to the e-mail address: <shs-povertysmallgrants[at]unesco.org - to facilitate follow-up. The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2005.

UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN ANDRÉS. FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS PURAS Y NATURALES. CARRERA DE BIOLOGÍA - INSTITUTO DE ECOLOGÍA. CENTRO DE POSTGRADO EN ECOLOGÍA Y CONSERVACIÓN (CPEC).

CONVOCATORIA AL VI CURSO DE LA MAESTRÍA EN ECOLOGÍA Y CONSERVACIÓN (2005-2006)

El Centro de Postgrado en Ecología y Conservación del Instituto de Ecología, Carrera de Biología/FCPN/UMSA, convoca a graduados universitarios de las diferentes disciplinas científicas y humanísticas a presentar sus postulaciones al VI Curso de la Maestría en Ecología y Conservación.

OBJETIVO DE LA MAESTRÍA: El programa de la Maestría se plantea como una ampliación y diversificación de los conocimientos de los distintos profesionales y se enfoca a fortalecer la capacidad de gestión (acciones y decisiones dirigidas a poner en práctica las propuestas de un proyecto o programa) para el manejo sustentable y la conservación de los recursos naturales y el medioambiente, así como para conciliar el desarrollo humano con una adecuada calidad ambiental de vida. Adicionalmente, busca facilitar el acceso a la superación de la formación académica profesional en Bolivia y, fundamentalmente, su planteamiento responde a la necesidad de establecer un programa vinculado a la realidad nacional. Se pretende así, contribuir a la conservación de los recursos y al desarrollo sostenible del país y la región.

Este objetivo es concretado a través de la formación especializada en tres campos de acción: Conservación y Manejo de la Biodiversidad, Planificación Ambiental y Calidad Ambiental.

DURACIÓN: Dos años, organizados en cuatro semestres, con una carga horaria total de 3.200 horas y una equivalencia de 80 créditos (incluyendo la elaboración de la tesis).

REQUISITOS DE POSTULACIÓN:
Carta de solicitud debidamente suscrita y expresando los motivos por los cuales postula al curso.
Formulario de pre-inscripción al curso debidamente llenado (recoger de oficinas del CPEC).
Currículum Vitae documentado.
Fotocopia de carnet de identidad.
Fotocopia del Título Académico de Licenciatura (deberá ser legalizada para la inscripción).
Fotocopias de certificados de calificaciones de la Licenciatura, incluyendo promedio ponderado o record académico.
Fotocopia de acta de defensa de tesis y calificación obtenida en la misma.
Dos referencias de parte de profesores universitarios o profesionales destacados que conozcan el desempeño y potencial académico del candidato, según formato del CPEC (recoger de oficinas).
Si el candidato es auspiciado (patrocinio o financiamiento) por una institución, presentar acreditación.
Los documentos, debidamente foliados en el orden anotado, deben ser entregados en las oficinas del CPEC, o enviados por correo postal, antes de la fecha límite establecida para la postulación.

FINANCIAMIENTO: La Maestría cuenta con el apoyo financiero del Fondo Contravalor II (Bolivia-Alemania). Todos los estudiantes admitidos se beneficiarán con subvenciones equivalentes al 90% del costo total y real del curso. Adicionalmente, se habilitará un número limitado de becas parciales para la elaboración de tesis.

COSTOS:
Costo de la matrícula UMSA: 150 $us/año. Este valor es independiente del costo del curso.
Costo del curso: 800 $us. por los dos años (10% del costo total).

NÚMERO DE PLAZAS: 24.

CALENDARIO:
Recepción de documentos y pre-inscripciones: hasta el 7 de enero de 2005 a las 18:00 horas.
Notificación a pre-seleccionados: 18 de enero de 2005.
Exámenes y entrevistas: 24 a 26 de enero de 2005.
Publicación de postulantes aceptados: 2 de febrero de 2005.
Matriculación e inscripciones: 7 a 11 de febrero de 2005.
Inicio de clases: 14 de febrero de 2005.

INFORMES E INSCRIPCIONES: El Plan de Estudios y formularios de postulación podrán recogerse de oficinas del CPEC o solicitarse vía internet.

Centro de Postgrado en Ecología y Conservación
Campus Universitario, Cota Cota - Calle 27 s/n
Teléfono/fax: 591-2-2771442
Casilla Correo Central 10077
La Paz - Bolivia
Correos electrónicos: <docentepec[at]acelerate.com>  - <coordpec[at]acelerate.com>
Duración de la convocatoria: 26 de octubre a 30 de diciembre de 2004
Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development of the Planet. The Earth Institute at Columbia University. New York, USA. Closing date: 1 December 2004.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University seeks applications from innovative postdoctoral candidates interested in path-breaking disciplinary research as well as multidisciplinary initiatives on sustainable development issues. The Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development provides scholars with the opportunity to enhance their foundation in one of the Institute's core disciplines – earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and health sciences – while at the same time acquiring the cross-disciplinary expertise and breadth needed to address critical issues related to reducing poverty, hunger, disease, and environmental degradation.

Candidates for the Program should submit a proposal for research based in one of the core disciplines that would contribute to the goal of global sustainable development. This could take the form of participating in and contributing to an existing multidisciplinary Earth Institute project, an extension of an existing project, or a new project that connects existing Institute expertise in novel ways. Candidates should identify their desired small multidisciplinary mentoring team, i.e., two or more senior faculty members or research scientists/scholars at Columbia with whom they would like to work during their fellowship.

Visit the Institute's Postdoctoral Fellows Web site <http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/postdoc/> for a list of research units and relevant Columbia University and Barnard College departments. Fellowships will ordinarily be granted for a period of 24 months. More information on the program is available on the Postdoctoral Fellows Web site. Application forms should be completed online at <http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/postdoc/>.  Applications submitted by December 1, 2004 , will be considered for fellowships starting in the summer or fall of 2005.

For more information, contact: Hilary Cisneros Dewhurst., Manager, Fellows Program, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, 405 Low Library, MC 4335, 535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027 USA. E-mail: <hd6[at]columbia.edu>.
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) are pleased to issue a call for research proposals open to young scientists.  The purpose of the  grants is to provide opportunities for young researchers to contribute to the generation of scientific knowledge relevant for achieving food security and poverty alleviation as expressed in the formulation of the Challenge Program on Water and Food.  For information regarding the call, please access the CPWF web page www.waterforfood.org for a copy of the guidelines, or the IFS website www.ifs.se.
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are now looking for entries from inspirational and innovative local sustainable energy projects from across the globe including the UK to compete for up to £250,000 of prize money. For information on the Ashden Awards, including downloadable application forms, please visit <www.ashdenawards.org> or contact: Danielle Jones: Phone + 44 207 410 0330; E-mail <danielle.jones[at]sfct.org.uk>. Closing dates for entries is 30 November 2004.
Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowship. The deadline for next year's awards is November 1, 2004.  Applications and nominations are invited for the Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowship, which will be awarded to an outstanding young scientist interested in structural aspects of plants at the level of tissues, organs and whole plants.

Included would be studies in which plant structure is integrated with development, evolution and/or function. Modern approaches to important questions in plant anatomy and morphology are encouraged. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed the Ph.D. within the past five years.

Information is available at <http://www.dbs.ucdavis.edu/fellowships/esau/app-info.html>.

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. For an organisation that has alleviated human suffering. Deadline: 1 November 2004. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation invites nominations for the 2005 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. It is seeking an organisation that has made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering anywhere in the world. <http://www.comminit.com/awards2004/awards2004/awards-854.html> or <http://www.hiltonfoundation.org/>
Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation. <http://www.rufford.org/rsg/> These grants of up to £5,000 are aimed at individuals or small groups running conservation programmes and pilot projects and are not designed to be a small part of a large undertaking. They were set up in 1999 and in excess of 500 have been given.
Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships. Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund. Deadline: 1 October 2004. Provides fellowships for scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. The fellowships permit scholars to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges world wide, enabling them to pursue their academic work and share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community at  large.<http://www.comminit.com/Fellowships2004/sld-8653.html> or <http://www.iie.org//Content/NavigationMenu/Programs7/SRF/SRF.htm> <http://www.iie.org>
Global Development Awards. The Global Development Awards competition organised by the Global Development Network (GDN) is an international contest for researchers on development. Deadline: 20 September 2004. Open only to scholars and practitioners based in developing countries, with an emphasis on recognising and supporting the work of younger researchers at the start of their careers. Every year, approximately USD $400,000 is awarded in prizes to researchers, both as cash and travel to GDN's Annual Conference. <http://www.comminit.com/awards2004/awards2004/awards-881.html>.
YOUNG SCIENTIST PUBLICATION AWARDS - The Commonwealth Forestry Association has established a scheme known as the International Forestry Review Young Scientist Publication Awards, or the Young Scientist Awards.

(YSA) that is designed to help promote the careers of young forest scientists and managers through publication in the International Forestry Review. Age of author under 30 years of age at time of submission of entry. Author should not have previously published articles in peer-reviewed international technical journals. The submission should be from one author. Entries should be submitted in English. For more information visit <www.cfa-international.org> or contact the editor of the International Forestry Review at <alan.pottinger[at]cfa-international.org>.
GSDI SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM 2004 - The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Secretariat is pleased to announce its Small Grants Programme for the year 2004. See: <http://www.gsdi.org/docs2004/GSDI_Small_Grants_Prog_12May04.htm>.  Proposals are due on 16 June 2004. Please either e-mail, fax, or send them to: GSDI Secretariat, 590 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA. <grants[at]gsdi.org>. Fax +1-703-648-5755.
The Commonwealth Forestry Association is seeking nominations for the  Queen’s Award for Forestry. Click here for more information.
Rolex Awards for Enterprise - The Rolex Awards provide financial assistance to people to implement concrete working projects that either are envisaged for the future or have been completed in part. Applications are available via their web site http://www.rolexawards.com/. Contact: The Secretariat of The Rolex Awards for Enterprise, P.O. Box 1311, 1211 Geneva 26 Switzerland, Tel: + 41 22 302 22 00, Fax: + 41 22 302 25 85, E-mail: <secretariat[at]rolexawards.com>.
Environmental Assessment and Management Professional Development Fellowship in Eastern Africa - The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Professional Development (PD) programme led by Capacity and Linkages for Environmental Impact Assessment in Africa (CLEEIA) is launching a second round of Fellowships for EIA to professionals from Eastern Africa. The overall goal of the programme is to enhance EIA capacity through learning by doing and to strengthen professional EIA networks in the sub-region. Four PD Fellowships will be awarded through competitive selection. The application deadline is May 7, 2004. To find out more about the programme and the application process please visit <http://www.encapafrica.org/pd_program04.htm>.

TUITION SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - Water Resource Management - The Israeli Experience. April 29 - May 17, 2004. Galillee College, Israel.  Preservation of Israel's water resources is one of the major challenges confronting the country today. Israel entered the 21st century with one of its greatest water overdrafts ever - a shortfall of some 500 million cubic meters in 2001 in comparison to the average annual replenishment rate of major aquifers. Additionally, water scarcity is exacerbated by the deteriorating quality of actual water resources due to demographic, industrial and agricultural pressures. In a series of decisions made in 2000 and 2001, the Israeli government resolved to take specific steps both to reduce water demand and increase water supply. Complementary to this, river restoration action plans have been significantly advanced in recent years and enforcement against  polluters of water resources has been stepped up. The upcoming International program on the topic of "Environmental Management" will introduce participants to the Israeli approach in the management of water resources, including the new technologies involved and utilized. For additional information please contact Mark Street at: <mstreet[at]galilco.ac.il>.  Tuition scholarships for eligible applicants from transitional countries are currently available.

Pro Natura Foundation-Japan. The Pro Natura Foundation subsidizes research to preserve wild animals, plants and ecosystems, or on the relationship between the natural environment and human beings.
address: Shoto Annex bldg. 2F, 1-25-8 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0046;
phone: +81-3-5454-1789;
FAX +81-3-5454-2838; e-mail: <pro-natura[at]muj.biglobe.ne.jp>;
<http://www1.biz.biglobe.ne.jp/~pronat/>  (Japanese only)

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation, Japan. Founded in 1989, the Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) is a non-profit and independent organisation dedicated to helping the conservation of natural biological resources in developing countries. NEF currently seeks, through its scholarship and research grant programmes, to promote and encourage the conservation of wildlife, habitat, and biological diversity in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region. NEF has already funded just over 60 conservation projects and provided scholarship to 60 university students in total. NEF's activities are supported solely by generous private funds given by Mr. Eijiro Nagao, who is the president of Marusan Securities Co.,Ltd and also his family.

The NEF Research Grant Programme encourages innovative research proposals from scientists who work full-time at recognised research institutes. The programme sponsors field research project, workshop, publications and other activities. Applicants should preferably be below 40 years old and must have their permanent and working addresses in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region. The amount of grant does not exceed one million Japanese Yen per project per year. The project can be renewed up to 3 years. Prior to the submission of proposals, individuals interested in applying for the programme should write a letter of about 600 words introducing themselves, along with a project summary. Proposals are accepted year around. The grant recipients are obliged to submit a report of around 10,000 words or its equivalent material at the end of project period.
Contact information: Yushima 2-29 Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Japan 113-0034; tel: 81 3 3812 3123; fax: 81 3 3812 3129; email: <aohno[at]jwrc.or.jp>; <http://www.jwrc.or.jp/NEF>.

The World Forest Institute (WFI) International Fellowship Program. The WFI is seeking individuals working in forestry and natural resources to apply for the International Fellowsip Program. WFI is a division of the World Forestry Center, which is a small, private non-profit educational organization based in Portland, Oregon U.S.A. The Forestry Center promotes education and information exchange regarding forests and forestry. Additional information is available at <http://www.worldforestry.org/wfi/index.html>. 

Programa Internacional de Becas de la Fundación Ford Lanza. 4ta. Convocatoria.Desde diciembre de 2003 hasta el 15 de marzo de 2004, estará abierta la Convocatoria y Proceso de Postulación a becas de postgrado del Programa Internacional de Becas de la Fundación Ford.

 

Este año, las postulaciones se podrán hacer, también, vía internet. Ingresando a la web del Programa: www.programabecas.org - jreyes[at]iep.org.pe

The International Center for Tropical Ecology. <http://www.umsl.edu/~biology/icte/> promotes education and research in tropical biology, conservation and the sustainable use of tropical ecosystems.  A major goal of the collaboration between the Center and the University of Missouri-St. Louis is the education of graduate students from tropical countries who will subsequently lead efforts to conserve tropical ecosystems. The Center raises funds for graduate students through grants from foundations, solicitations from the St. Louis community, and through the organization of special events. These funds provide fellowships, research scholarships, internships and travel awards.

Earthwatch Institute <http://www.earthwatch.org/results/tropforest/> Since the 1970s, Earthwatch Institute has supported over 100 scientists in the frontiers of tropical forest research, with field grants totaling more than $3.8 million, resulting in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. Earthwatch teams working with these scientists, from 100 institutions around the world, have pioneered the study of tropical forest ecosystems and provided valuable results that are improving conservation of these dwindling resources.

John Denver Memorial Scholarship in Tropical Ecology. International Center for Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. <http://www.umsl.edu/~biology/icte/

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) - a unique effort that addresses the interdependent issues of drug discovery, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable economic growth. http://www.fic.nih.gov/programs/icbg.html

The National Wildlife Federation's Species Recovery Fund (SRF) was created to spur habitat restorations, species reintroductions, private land conservation activities and other creative endeavors that directly improve conditions for species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. During the past four years, National Wildlife Federation has awarded over forty grants — each between $3,000 and $7,000 — to support innovative endangered species conservation efforts. Organizations and individuals that are working toward the conservation of one or more of the foreign species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are eligible to apply to the SRF. Applications must be submitted in English. For grant guidelines go to:

<http://www.nwf.org/keepthewildalive/speciesrecoveryfund.cfm#guidelines>

International Plant Genetic Resources Institute Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships-- <http://www.ipgri.cgiar.org/training/vavilov.htm>

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), established in 1991, helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.  Web site: <http://www.gefweb.org/>.

ARCBC Research Grant Programme - ASEAN Region. <http://www.arcbc.org.ph>

Both Ends <http://www.bothends.org> - Both Ends provides ongoing services to environmental organisations in the South and in CEE-countries. They primarily work for and with NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and CBOs (community-based organisations). See their "Overview of Funding Agencies That Fund Forest and Forest related Projects"

 The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) provides grants to programs addressing hunger and its causes. Grants support efforts in  five PHP program areas, which include Development Assistance. Their grants application page can be found at <http://www.pcusa.org/pcusa/wmd/hunger/Apply.htm>.

Neotropical Bird Club Conservation award: Research grants of $500 to $1500 are available subject to certain conditions. Grants are available for conservation work or research which may be of conservation benefit.

There are no formal deadlines. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis by a conservation sub-committee and successful applications then have to be approved by the Council of the Neotropical Bird Club. You will be informed of the outcome of your application as soon as possible thereafter. 
(Application form <http://www.neotropicalbirdclub.org/club/awardform.html> )

Advice for Applicants <http://www.neotropicalbirdclub.org/club/advice.html> (en español y english): Applications must be submitted on the Application Form provided to be considered - preferably by email. Please read the attached advice for applicants carefully. If you have further enquiries please contact James Lowen at:

Neotropical Bird Club (conservation awards)
c/o The Lodge
Sandy
Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL
United Kingdom
Email: <awards[at]neotropicalbirdclub.org>

Kleinhans Fellowship. Rainforest Alliance. Research in Tropical Non-Timber Forest Products. The Rainforest Alliance seeks alternatives to deforestation that provide economic support for rainforest communities. In 1989, with support from Elysabeth Kleinhans, the Rainforest Alliance began to study the management and use of tropical forest resources that preserve the integrity of the forest ecosystem. One way to do this is to support the limited extraction of forest resources (brazil nuts, fruits, medicinal plants) for sale to local, national and international markets. As a way of supporting the Alliance's work to transform business practices and educate consumers, the Kleinhans Fellows research the ecological, social and business challenges for successful non-timber forest product enterprises. The deadline for applications is: 31 December 2006. For more information, go to <http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/kleinhans.cfm?id=main>.

Catalyst Fund. Rainforest Alliance. Over the past 10 years, the Catalyst Fund has awarded over 100 grants worldwide, equaling more than $200,000 invested in community projects in over 25 countries. Catalyst grants are awarded to local organizations and eco-enterprises that demonstrate that their work will improve the lives of the local community, safeguard forests or restore wildlands. These little grants make a big difference to the companies and communities that receive them. <http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/programs/cg/index.html>

The Environmental Leadership Program Seeks Fellowship Applicants. The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) seeks to transform public understanding of environmental issues by training and supporting a diverse network of emerging leaders. The ELP Fellowship is a national program designed to build the leadership capacity of the environmental field's most promising emerging professionals from the United States and US Territories. The fellowship is designed to provide training, project support, and a peer network to approximately twenty talented and diverse individuals each year from all sectors of the environmental field, including the nonprofit, business, government, and higher education sectors.

The two-year fellowship offers networking opportunities, intensive leadership and skills training, project seed money, support, and time for personal and professional reflection. Fellows join a community of diverse emerging leaders, and have the opportunity to meet established environmental practitioners and experts in the field. Fellows receive travel and accommodations for fellowship retreats; access to funding for leadership-building projects; and national recognition through the program.

Applicants must commit to participating in four five-day retreats over two years. In addition, each fellow has the opportunity to conduct a leadership-building project of their design with support from the ELP Activity Fund. In their first year, fellows are given the opportunity to request grants from the fund, which provides up to $10,000 per participant to support leadership-building activities through individual and collaborative projects. While fellows must participate in fellowship activities throughout the year and complete periodic assignments, they are expected to continue their professional jobs or studies.

ELP promotes diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, sector, professional background, values and traditions, and issue expertise in the environmental field. Applicants should be relatively new to the environmental field with approximately three to ten years of professional experience or post-undergraduate academic studies. Demonstrated talent as a practitioner or scholar is a prerequisite. Applicants must be residents of the United States or US territories.

Visit the ELP Web site <http://www.elpnet.org/fellowship_application.html> for application procedures.

 The Garden Club of America offers a wide range of excellent scholarships and fellowships. In 2010, 50 students benefited from these diverse offerings. Check our website at www.gcamerica.org for a complete updated list, detailed information, applications, and deadlines.

Please encourage worthy candidates to apply for these awards:

* An internship in garden history and design with preference given to those who want to intern at the Smithsonian
* A fellowship in garden history and design
* A scholarship for undergraduate or graduate students for study of tropical horticulture and botany abroad
* A summer scholarship in field botany for undergraduate and graduate students
* An additional summer scholarship in field botany for undergraduate students
* A scholarship for graduate study in horticulture and landscape architecture in Great Britain
* A fellowship in landscape architecture at the American Academy in Rome
* An award to fund graduate students for field work and research in coastal wetland studies
* Awards in tropical botany for Ph.D. candidates to pursue independent field study
* A fellowship in medicinal botany
* A summer scholarship in medicinal botany primarily for undergraduate students
* A grant for graduate students to conduct field research on the biology and management of rare flora
* A scholarship to study the habitat for threatened and endangered native birds of the U.S.
* Awards for summer environmental studies to undergraduate following their freshman, sophomore or junior years
* Regional scholarships for college or graduate students who wish to pursue the study of horticulture and related subjects
* A fellowship in ecological restoration
* An offering in summer environmental studies for residents of New Jersey or non-residents studying in New Jersey
* A fellowship in urban forestry
* An award to fund graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying horticulture, conservation, botany, environmental science, and landscape design relating to arid landscape.

updated 25 August 2010

Watson International Scholars of the Environment.  Call for Applications will begin 1 June 2007. Application deadline: 1 September 2007For application and more information, please go to website: <http://www.watsoninstitute.org/ge/watson_scholars/>

Opportunity for Environmental Leaders of the Developing World to Examine Land-Use Science. The Watson Scholars program brings environmental leaders from university faculties, governments, and nongovernmental organizations throughout the developing world to Brown University for advanced training in land-change sciences and policies, providing them with tools to enhance the sustainable development capacity in their countries. The program offers an intensive program in sustainable land-use science to provide mastery of critical concepts, relevant tools, and transferable processes necessary for successfully managing land and ecosystems. Supported by a $550,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the program offers Scholars time away from their daily responsibilities to learn new skills with a community of scholars applying both theoretical and practice approaches to real world environmental issues.

Full time for three and a half months, participants are involved in courses, workshops, field trips, symposia, mentorship, professional networking, and research projects. The Watson International Scholars of the Environment are active participants, not passive students. Instruction focuses upon relevant case studies of land-use patterns, and successful and unsuccessful approaches to maintaining delivery of ecosystem goods and services from throughout the world. The opportunity for participants entails increased levels of effectiveness, informing sound decision-making by enhancing abilities to rapidly integrate data from across disciplines. Investment in these leaders is strategic: participants are men and women capable of creating lasting and immediately favorable impacts on the sustainable development of their home institutions, eco-regions, and nations. Accordingly, participants are expected to be at a mid-point within their careers in environmental science, policy, and technology fields. The program seeks individuals who want to forge new linkages among ideas and issues, to develop networks among leaders facing similar land-use issues, and to explore alliances with relevant colleagues and institutions for improved personal and institutional effectiveness in meeting the needs of humanity.

An additional component of the program is the Luce Environmental Fellows program. The fellows are Brown undergraduate and graduate students who work with Watson Scholars and University faculty on multidisciplinary environmental research and policy initiatives. Brown's high-quality facilities are fully available to the Watson Scholars, including a 3-million-volume library, comfortable offices, and computing in the Watson Institute for International Studies, and state-of-the-art environmental laboratories and classrooms. This strategically designed curriculum and its eminent institutional setting provide the Watson International Scholars of the Environment with essential tools for enhancing sustainable development capacity in their countries. At the completion of the program, each graduate receives certification from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Brown is one of only three institutions worldwide approved by UNEP to offer such postgraduate semesters.

Funding resources put together by the European Tropical Forest Research Net  - ETFRN - <http://www.etfrn.org/etfrn/resource/frames/linkfund.html>.
Funding sources for forest research <http://www.etfrn.org/etfrn/eucomm/6fp/index.html>
ETFRN, together with the UK Department for International Development, Forest Research Programme (DFID-FRP) organised an information meeting in Brussels on 4 February 2003. This meeting informed the research community in Europe and developing countries on funding sources for forest research within the EC in general, and the FP6 in particular. A CD and a website were developed to widely disseminate the results of the meeting. The CD and website include documents required for the preparation of proposals in response to the first calls published under the EC 6th framework programme.
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) <http://www.iaf.gov> is an independent agency of the United States government that provides grants to nongovernmental and community-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean for innovative, sustainable and participatory self-help programs. The IAF primarily funds partnerships among grassroots and nonprofit organizations, businesses and local governments, directed at improving the quality of life of poor people and strengthening participation, accountability and democratic practices. To contribute to a better understanding of the development process, the IAF also shares its experiences and the lessons it has learned. Contact: Inter-American Foundation, 901 N. Stuart Street, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22203, phone: 703.306.4301, fax: 703.306.4365, e-mail: <info[at]iaf.gov>.
The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development has compiled a web page with information regarding educational fellowships and grants. <http://www.coraf.org/formations/>
University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources & Environment has compiled a web page with information regarding educational fellowships and grants. <http://www.snre.umich.edu/current-students/international-scholarships.php>
SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT: FAO has prepared a small database on sources of funding for activities in support of sustainable forest management. In response to the many positive comments they received on their pilot project, they have been working to expand this further and a much fuller version of the database is now available <http://www.fao.org/forestry/cpf-sourcebook> or <http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/webview/cpf/index.jsp?geoId=0&langId=1&siteId=2225>. The database contains links to the web pages of agencies that present clear guidelines and procedures for applying for their funds. The database can be queried by type of activity, country, type of applicant and the amount of funding required. In addition, in recognition of the digital divide, they have a facility to print-on-demand a complete database extraction for any country in the World and they will be disseminating some of these hard-copies to their partners in developing countries. This is being developed as part of the "Sourcebook of Funding for Sustainable Forest Management" initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. In addition to funding for traditional forestry projects, the database also includes information about funding for a wide range of other activities that could contribute to sustainable forest management (e.g. grants for overseas study and training, grants for feasibility studies). FAO would welcome comments about the usefulness and quality of this information and to receive any suggestions about how it could be improved. We would therefore be very keen to receive feedback which can be sent by e-mail to adrian.whiteman[at]fao.org
CALL FOR PROPOSALS - From the Mountain Forum -Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that supports scholarly field research worldwide in the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences. Field research grant awards are derived from funds contributed by Earthwatch members who serve as volunteer participants on research projects. Volunteers are educated and motivated individuals who are recruited and screened by Earthwatch to meet scientists' needs. To date, Earthwatch has supported over 2,800 research projects in 120 countries, with more than 65,000 volunteer field assistants contributing $53 million in research grants. Scientists, resource managers, and qualified professionals involved in basic and applied research are eligible to apply as individuals or as teams. Principal Investigators must be present in the field and oversee all research activities. Professionals from any nationality, for work in any regional area, are eligible to apply. GRANTS - Earthwatch awards research grants on a per capita basis; the total grant amount is determined by multiplying the per capita grant by the number of Earthwatch volunteers participating on a project. Per capita grants average $800, and the average project grant range is between $16,000 and $48,000 for one full field season. A project typically involves 20 to 60 total volunteers, with 5 to 12 volunteers each on 4 to 5 sequential teams. Each team typically spends 8 to 15 days in the field. Shorter and longer teams are encouraged where appropriate. Earthwatch grants cover the cost of maintaining volunteers and principal research staff in the field. The grants may also assist with other project expenses, but cannot be used for PI salaries, capital equipment, or overhead costs. Preliminary proposals for field research should be submitted 1 year in advance of the anticipated field dates. Full proposals, if invited, are peer reviewed. Proposals are accepted and reviewed year round. For more information on how to apply, contact <mjost[at]earthwatch.org> or visit URL http://www.earthwatch.org/research/.

AAUW International FellowshipsAAUW International Fellowships Women graduate students from countries outside the United States are invited to apply for a $16,860 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation for study or research in the United States. International Fellowships are available to women who are not American citizens or permanent residents. Of the 47 fellowships awarded, six are available to members of the International Federation of University Women for graduate study in a country other than their own.

Award support:

  • Full-time graduate or postgraduate study in all disciplines for one year

  • Studies important to changing the lives of women and girls

 

The Foundation also awards several annual Home Country Project Grants ($5,000-$7,000 each). These grants support community-based projects designed to improve the lives of women and girls in a fellow's home country.

Eligible Foundation International Fellowship recipients will receive further information on the program.

 

To download an application, or to request an application on-line, please visit their website at http://www.aauw.org/3000/fdnfelgra/internat.html

To receive a hard copy of the application, please contact:

AAUW Educational Foundation
c/o Customer Service Center
2201 Dodge St.
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030

Phone: 319/337-1716

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Becas internacionales de AAUW

Las estudiantes con grado académico de países que no son Estados Unidos son invitadas a postular para obtener una beca de US$ 16.860 de la American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation (Fundación para la Educación de la Asociación Americana de Mujeres Universitarias (AAUW) para realizar estudios e investigaciones en Estados Unidos.

Las becas internacionales se encuentran disponibles para mujeres que no son ciudadanas de Estados Unidos o residentes permanentes en este país. De las 47 becas concedidas, seis se encuentran disponibles para miembros de la International Federation of University Women (Federación Internacional de Mujeres Universitarias) para realizar estudios de postgrado en un país que no sea el propio.

La beca apoya:
Estudio de grado o de postgrado a tiempo completo en cualquier disciplina, por un año.
Estudios importantes para cambiar las vidas de mujeres y jóvenes.

La Fundación también concede varias Donaciones para Proyectos en el País de Origen (Home Country Project Grants) (de US$ 5.000 a $7.000 cada uno). Estas donaciones apoyan la realización de proyectos destinados a mejorar las condiciones de vida de mujeres y niñas en el país de origen de la solicitante.

Las personas seleccionadas para recibir las becas de la Fundación Internacional recibirán más información sobre este programa.

Se puede imprimir el formulario de postulación o postular por vía electrónica ingresando al sitio electrónico: http://www.aauw.org/3000/fdnfelgra/internat.html

Para recibir un formulario impreso para postular a la beca, contactar a:

AAUW Educational Foundation
c/o Customer Service Center
2201 Dodge St.
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
Estados Unidos
Teléfono: (319) 337-1716

The International Foundation for Science
Call for Research Grant Applications from Developing Country Scientists


The International Foundation for Science (IFS) provides support to young scientists of merit in developing countries by awarding research grants and providing grantees with additional services such as travel grants and purchasing assistance.

The IFS supports research related to the renewable utilization of biological resources in areas such as crop and animal production, forestry, food science, natural products and fisheries, as well as research on sustainable utilization and conservation of natural ecosystems, including themes such as water management and biodiversity. Proposals for projects may address biological, chemical or physical processes as well as social and economic relationships important in the conservation, production, and renewable utilization of the biological resource base.

IFS is an international NGO (non-governmental organisation) founded in 1972. The Secretariat is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

IFS contributes towards strengthening the capacity of developing countries to conduct relevant and high quality research on the sustainable management of biological resources. This involves the study of physical, chemical, and biological processes, as well as relevant social and economic aspects, important in the conservation, production, and renewable utilisation of the natural resources base.

To further this goal, IFS supports young developing country scientists who have the potential for becoming the future research leaders and lead scientists in their nations. The criteria for eligibility for IFS support stipulate that the scientist must be young and at the beginning of his or her research career and from a developing country, where the research must take place.

The support provided by IFS is primarily in the form of an IFS Research Grant, which amou
nts to USD 12,000 and may be renewed twice. It is intended for the purchase of the basic tools needed to conduct a research project: equipment, expendable supplies, and literature.

Applications for support must be made on the IFS Application Form, in English or in French.
For more information and application form, contact:
International Foundation for Science, Grev Turegatan 19, S-114 38, Stockholm, Sweden; Fax: +46 8 5458 1802; E-mail: <info[at]ifs.se>; <Http://www.ifs.se>.

Lincoln Park Zoo Field Conservation Funds
Since its establishment, the Neotropic Fund has awarded more than 150 grants in 19 Latin American and Caribbean nations. In 1997, Lincoln Park Zoo expanded its field conservation efforts to new areas of the world with the initiation of the Lincoln Park Zoo Africa/Asia Fund. Modeled after the award-winning Neotropic Fund, the Africa/Asia Fund supports in situ conservation efforts throughout Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Each fund typically supports between five and six projects annually, including project renewals for a second year. Most awards fall into the range of $3,000-$6,000. By emphasizing support for young conservation biologists working in their own countries, the Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Fund assists a new generation of researchers in becoming the environmental decision-makers of tomorrow and strengthens the core of conservation leadership throughout the world.

The emphasis of the funds is to support new conservation initiatives focused on projects that have:

*direct impact on wildlife conservation and/or conservation biology;
*direct participation by graduate students, undergraduate students, or wildlife managers (e.g., *wardens, rangers) that enhance their educational experience and improve their opportunities for *careers in wildlife management, conservation biology, or conservation policy
*involvement by students and/or local field assistants from Latin America, Africa, or Asia at levels that engender appreciation for wildlife conservation;
*links to either the Lincoln Park Zoo animal collection or conservation activities of the zoo staff.

Projects should make direct contributions to conservation of individual species or habitats, conservation education, applied conservation biology or conservation policy. Key factors in the review process include consideration of research design, feasibility, breadth of significance to the discipline of conservation biology, and potential for application of results to wildlife conservation. Evaluation of each proposal is based on its merit and quality relative to that of all other proposals under consideration. Funding requests should center on support for Latin American, African, or Asian researchers, students and field assistants as well as logistical support for Western students. While field costs will be supported at reasonable levels, the funds do not usually support either salaries or the purchase of permanent equipment. The funds cannot support institutional overhead or tuition to undergraduate, graduate, or professional schools.

Pre-Proposals are due by October 1 of each year. Project awards are announced annually in March.

Instructions for Application
The first stage of applying for funds involves submitting a Pre-Proposal by the 1st of October each year, which will be reviewed by the Lincoln Park Zoo Field Conservation committee. The investigators of the approved Pre-Proposals will be contacted by the 20th of October and invited to submit a full Proposal to the Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Funds. Full Proposals must be submitted by the 15th of December. Final decisions regarding funding of Proposals will be announced in March.

The goal of the Pre-Proposal should be to convince the reviewer that the topic of the study is clearly understood and that it is of significance to the Lincoln Park Zoo Field Conservation funds given the specific focus of the Funds. It should succinctly report what you intend to do, how you intend to do it, and why it is important.

Pre-Proposals are limited to the space provided on the standard application form, which may be obtained from the Department of Conservation and Science. Applicants need not use the standard form but all applications must conform to the information requested and space allotted on the standard form. The Proposal must have at least 3/4-inch margins and an easily readable, 12 pt. font. Seven (7) hard copies and one electronic copy (via disk or e-mail) of the short proposal should be submitted by October 1st. The Pre-Proposal should contain:

A one-page title page with 1) the fund being applied for, 2) the primary applicant's personal and contact information (name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, status or job title, degree being sought or highest degree obtained, tax identification or social security number, nationality, telephone number, fax number and electronic mail address, as well as field addresses), 3) the names and affiliations of co-investigators, and 4) project information (project title, location of project, project start date, proposed duration of support, amount requested from Lincoln Park Zoo, whether the proposal is part of a larger ongoing research program or a phase of a larger project).

A two-page project description, which 1) states the purpose and objectives of the project, including hypothesis, 2) illustrates the overall significance of the proposed research, and how the proposed approach will provide new information on a conservation problem or issue for Latin America, Africa, or Asia, 3) succinctly describes experimental design which will satisfy the project objectives, and 4) a short budget which lists the total project budget and a detailed, line item budget for the amount requested from Lincoln Park Zoo. This section must not exceed 2 full pages.

References may be cited on a fourth page if appropriate.
Send all application materials to:

Lincoln Park Zoo Field Conservation Funds
Department of Conservation and Science
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
web site: <http://www.lpzoo.com/conservation/funds.html>.

An electronic version of the proposal, as well as any questions about the application process, can be e-mailed to <conservation[at]lpzoo.org>.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

 

Temas ambientales de interés:
Conservación de aves. Conservación de hábitats. Conservación de hábitats amenazados. Conservación de hábitats en peligro. Conservación de vida silvestre. Conservación de vida silvestre en peligro. Guardaparques.

Tipo de Apoyo:
Se financia proyectos ambientales que estιn enfocados hacia la conservaciσn de los recursos naturales.

Información financiera:
Monto mínimo US$ 3000. Monto máximo US$ 6000.

Limitaciones:
No se financia salarios ni compra de equipo permanente. Tampoco se financia gastos administrativos institucionales (overhead) ni gastos de enseρanza para estudios de graduaciσn, postgrado o profesionales.

Información para solicitudes:
Se debe llenar y enviar una prepropuesta antes del 1 de octubre de cada aρo. El formulario lo obtiene del Departamento de Conservaciσn y Ciencia. Los proyectos aprovados deben enviar una propuesta completa antes del 15 de diciembre. Puede consultar la informaciσn contenida en la pαgina WEB de LPZ en la direcciσn: http://www.lpzoo.org/conservation/funds.html. Fechas de presentación: 1 de octubre, 15 de diciembre. Idioma: Inglιs.

Contacto:
Lincoln Park Zoo Field Conservation Funds, Department of Conservation and Science

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
web site: http://www.lpzoo.com/conservation/funds.html
<conservation[at]lpzoo.org>.

ITTO Fellowships Offered
ITTO offers fellowships through the Freezailah Fellowship Fund to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines. The goal is to promote sustainable management of tropical forests, the efficient use and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information about the international trade in tropical timber. Eligible activities include:

*participation in short-term training courses, training internships, study tours, lecture/ demonstration tours and international/ regional conferences;
*technical document preparation, publication and dissemination, such as manuals and mongraphs; and post-graduate studies.
 

Priority areas: eligible activities aim to develop human resources and professional expertise in one or more of the following areas:
*improving the transparency of the tropical timber market;
*improving the marketing and distribution of tropical timber species from sustainably managed sources;
*improving market access for tropical timber exports from sustainably managed sources;
*securing the tropical timber resource base;
*improving the tropical timber resource base, including through the application of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management;
*enhancing technical, financial and human capacities to manage the tropical timber resource base;
*promoting increased and further processing of tropical timber from sustainably managed sources;
*improving the marketing and standardisation of tropical timber exports; and
*improving the efficiency of tropical timber processing.

In any of the above, the following are relevant:

*enhancing public relations, awareness and education;
*improving statistics;
*research and development; and
*sharing information, knowledge and technology.

Selection criteria: Fellowship applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria (in no priority order):
*consistency of the proposed activity with the Program's objective and priority areas;
*qualifications of the applicant to undertake the proposed fellowship activity;
*the potential of the skills and knowledge acquired or advanced under the fellowship activity to lead to wider applications and benefits nationally and internationally; and
*reasonableness of costs in relation to the proposed fellowship activity.

 

The maximum amount for a fellowship grant is US$10,000. Only nationals of ITTO member countries are eligible to apply. Applications are appraised in May and November each year.

Further details and application forms (in English, French or Spanish) are available from:
Dr. Chisato Aoki, Fellowship Program, ITTO, Fax: 81-45-223 1111, E-mail: itto[at]itto.or.jp

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Becas de la OIMT

La OIMT ofrece becas mediante el Fondo de BecasFreezailah para fomentar el desarrollo de recursos humanos y fortalecer la formación de profesionales en sus países miembros en materia de silvicultura tropical y disciplinas afines. El objetivo es fomentar

la ordenación sostenible de los bosques tropicales, la utilización y transformación eficientes de maderas tropicales, y una mejor información económica sobre el comercio internacional de las maderas tropicales.

 

Las becas se ofrecen para actividades de corta duración como cursos de capacitación, pasantías,visitas de estudio, viajes de demostraciones prácticas/ charlas explicativas y conferenciasinternacionales/regionales. Asimismo, se otorgan becas para la preparación, publicación y difusión de documentos técnicos (por ejemplo, manuales y monografías). Se ofrecen también pequeñas subvenciones para estudios de posgrado. El monto máximo otorgado para cada beca es de US$10.000.

 

En la primera sección de esta página se presenta más información sobre las áreas prioritarias y los

criterios de selección. Sólo pueden solicitar becas los ciudadanos de países miembros de la OIMT. Las solicitudes se evalúan en los meses de mayo y noviembre de cada año.

 

Los interesados en obtener más información o formularios para la solicitud de becas (en español, francés o inglés) deberán dirigirse a: Dra. Chisato Aoki, Programa de Becas, OIMT; Fax 81–45–2231111; Email: <itto[at]mail.itto-unet.ocn.ne.jp>.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a public corporation created in 1970 to help developing countries find long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face.

IDRC's objectives:

  • to assist scientists in developing countries to identify sustainable long-term, practical solutions to pressing development problems. 

  • to mobilize and strengthen the research capacity of developing countries, particularly capacity for policies and technologies that promote healthier and more prosperous societies, food security, biodiversity, and access to information.

  • to develop links among developing-country researchers, and provide them access to the results of research around the globe, in particular through developing and strengthening the electronic networking capacity of institutions in developing countries that receive IDRC funding. 

  • to ensure that the products from the activities it supports are used by communities in the developing world, and that existing research capacity is used effectively to solve development problems. 

  • To achieve these objectives, IDRC funds the work of scientists working in universities, private enterprise, government, and nonprofit organizations in developing countries and provides some support to regional research networks and institutions in the Third World. 

    This support is designed to build a corps of researchers in each country and to help develop the networks of people and institutions that can undertake effective research and use the results of research to effect change. <http://www.idrc.ca/admin/Introduction_e.htm>

    Small Grants Program for Tropical Forests

    The official launch of the “Small Grants Program for Operations to Promote Tropical Forests” (SGP PTF) was made at a workshop in early December 2001 in Los Baños, Philippines. Funded by the European Commission (EC), the SGP PTF is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the Executing Agency, the SEAMO Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Operations will take place initially in four countries (Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand) with  possible expansion to other Asian countries.

    For further information, contact: Mark Sandiford, Regional Program Coordinator, EC/UNDP SGP PTF, SEARCA, College, Laguna 4031, Philippines; Email: mark.sandiford[at]undp.org

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