Bat Conservation International’s Student Research Scholarships has been supporting innovative bat-research projects and nurturing young scientists around the world since 1990. We have awarded 363 scholarships for research in 62 countries. Many BCI Scholars are destined to become leading bat scientists and conservationists, and quite a few already are – including three of the five Steering Committee members of the new continentwide Bat Conservation Africa network.
|Erika de la Peña-Cuéllar used her BCI Scholarship to study the impact of fragmented forest habitat on bats in Mexico. Photo courtesy of Juan Luis Peña-Mondragón
Applications are now being accepted for 2014 BCI Scholarships. Students enrolled in degree-granting programs at colleges and universities worldwide are eligible to apply for scholarships of up to $5,000 each to support conservation-relevant bat research anywhere in the world during the 2014-15 academic year.
Applications must be completed online at BCI’s website www.batcon.org/scholarships. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2013.
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.
These scholarships are competitive, and applications will be judged by a panel of non-BCI scientists. Awards are announced in the spring.
U.S. Forest Service International Programs has been an invaluable partner since 2005, providing direct support for approximately 10 scholarships per year for bat research in developing countries.
BCI awarded 19 scholarships for the current academic year for studies in the United States and 11 other countries. Here’s a sampling:
- Jessie Bunkley, Boise State University (United States): Predator-prey interactions in a louder world: Does noise alter bat assemblages and their arthropod prey?
- Bol a Anong Alima Gibering, University of Maroua (Cameroon): Investigation of the diet of three insectivorous bats in northern Cameroon
- Yara Azofeifa, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (Venezuela): Consumption of pest insects and intake of pesticides by insectivorous bats
- Joseph Hoyt, University of California-Santa Cruz (United States): The role of beneficial bacteria in protecting bats from White-nose Syndrome
- Adria Lopez Baucells, Universidade de Lisboa (Brazil): Quantifying edge effects on aerial insectivorous bats in the Central Amazon
- Liz Huamani, Universidad Nacional de Piura (Peru): Economic value of insectivorous bats as primary predators of agricultural pests in organic and conventional banana crops