August 2010, Volume 8, Issue 8

Apply for a BCI Scholarship

Bat Conservation International has awarded 291 scholarships since 1990 to support important bat research in 59 countries. And we’re still going strong. Online applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Student Research Scholarships. The deadline for receipt is December 15, 2010.
These scholarships, of up to $5,000 each, help young scientists at universities around the world conduct research that contributes to the knowledge needed to conserve bats and their habitats.
Qualified research should address at least one of these issues: answering ecological or behavioral questions that are essential to conservation or management; resolving an economic problem that will improve support for conservation; or documenting key ecological or economic roles of bats. Students in degree-granting programs at any university are eligible to apply. 
Scholarship applications must be completed online at BCI’s website ( (More information is available at the website.) Applications are judged by a panel of non-BCI scientists, and awards are announced in March.
The BCI awards include about 10 Bats in International Forestry Scholarships, which have been supported since 2005 by BCI’s invaluable partner, U.S. Forest Service International Programs. These scholarships support research conducted in developing countries. Students from any university are eligible for these awards, and all qualified applicants are automatically considered.
BCI provided 17 scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. Among them were:
• Jorge Ayala (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Physiological constraints on the geographical distribution of nectar-feeding bats, Mexico;
• Corneile Minnaar (University of Pretoria, South Africa) The effect of artificial night lighting on the diet of insectivorous bats, South Africa;
• Gabriel Reyes (Humboldt State University, United States) Social calls in the migratory hoary bat, United States;
• Michaela Gerges (Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany) A study for sustainable development of riparian forests with regard to the conservation of species, Germany;
• Alona Gukasova (Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia) A new system of summer bat-population monitoring on nature reserves, Ukraine.

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