Award Grants & Scholarships
Award Grants & Scholarships
One of Bat Conservation International’s greatest impacts since its founding in 1982 has been its support of promising students and young conservationists from dozens of countries who have since emerged as leaders in the study and conservation of bats.
BCI offers two granting programs, Student Research Scholarships and Global Grassroots Grants, designed to create and support a new generation of talented young researchers and conservationists dedicated to the lasting survival of the world’s 1,300+ species of bats.
If you are interested in applying for either of BCI’s granting programs, please read the details below to identify which program is best for you and to confirm your eligibility.
Student Research Scholarships
Each year, BCI awards scholarships to help students at universities around the world conduct conservation-relevant research. The goal of this program is to support exceptionally talented students in research initiatives that will contribute the new knowledge that is essential to conserving bats and the ecosystems they serve worldwide.
The maximum one-year award per student is $5,000. We hope that these funds will open opportunities for matching grants from other conservation organizations, government agencies and private foundations, and that BCI's support will grow in years to come.
An updated General Scholarship Information document will be uploaded by October 2014. Check back frequently for new details.
We congratulate the winners of the 2014 BCI Student Research Scholarships and gratefully recognize the generous donors whose support made them possible:
U.S. Forest Service International Programs
Cara Brook (Princeton University, United States): Bushmeat harvesting impacts on population dynamics and corresponding risk for henipavirus spillover in Malagasy fruit bats, Madagascar
Hannah Frank (Stanford University, United States): Investigating the effect of habitat change on disease risk in bats, Costa Rica
Melquisedec Gamba-Rios (University of Tennessee, United States): Anti-predation strategies of tent-making bats, Costa Rica
Cristian Kraker (El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico): Effects of landscape composition and configuration on aerial insectivorous bat species richness and relative activity, Mexico
Willy Pineda Lizano (InstitutoTecnologico de Costa Rica): diversity, spatial and temporal patterns of bat communities in a tropical altitudinal gradient in Costa Rica
Ricardo Rocha (University of Lisbon, Portugal): Spatio-temporal dynamics of the impacts of forest fragmentation upon phyllostomid bats: consequences of fragment re-isolation, Brazil
Julie Shapiro (University of Florida, United States): Bats in a Mosaic Landscape: The effects of land-use on pest control by bats, Swaziland
Grace Smarsh (Texas A&M University, United States): Usage of song in acoustic monitoring of an East African bat, Tanzania
Maripaula Valdes Berriz (National Autonomous University of Mexico): Dispersal of Brosimum alicastrum seeds by tent-building bats and its relation to germination and seedling survival in the Lacandon Forest, Mexico
Leo Model Foundation
Devaughn Fraser (University of California at Los Angeles, United States): Implications of landscape-level insecticide use for bat health, dietary diversity and biological pest control
Anna Doty (University of New England, Australia): The effects of wild and prescribed fires on ecophysiology, ecology and behavior of microbats, Australia
Kim Ferguson (Universität Bremen, Germany): Bat emergence and return timing with prey interactions at experimentally illuminated sites, Netherlands
Mennen Environmental Foundation
Jelena Burazerovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia) A survey of cave-dwelling bats in karst regions in Serbia
BCI Members & Supporters
Erin Adams (Angelo State University, United States): Seasonal and daily activity patterns of the endangered Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis) in Texas, United States.
Amanda Bailey (University of Florida, United States): Closing data gaps for the Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus), United States
Alyson Brokaw (Humboldt State University, United States): Bat Speak: Assessing the use of social calls to attract bats to artificial roost sites, United States
Elissa Olimpi (University of California at Santa Cruz, United States): Bat diversity and foraging ecology in an agricultural matrix, United States
Amanda Williams (University of Colorado at Boulder, United States) Growing, Growing, Gone: Do agriculture systems help or hinder insectivorous bat populations? United States
Global Grassroots Grants
BCI is committed to supporting high-quality, grassroots bat conservation efforts outside the United States and Canada. In general, we look for: habitat protection projects with significant ecological impact that teach local citizens the value of protecting bats. We are most interested in supporting local, in-country conservationists and researchers. We especially look for projects in which BCI's support will be matched by other sources.
The Grants Applications Area will be re-opened in October 2014.
We congratulate the current recipients of BCI’s Global Grassroots Grants and gratefully thank the generous donors whose support made them possible:
Nigeria (Iroro Tanshi, Bat Conservation Africa)
Predicting roost choice in cave dwelling bats and preserving cave bat communities by local community conservation education
Cameroon (Hilary Ewang Ngide, CCREAD Cameroon)
Indigenous campaign against unsustainable bat hunting in the Bakossi forest community of Cameroon
Serbia (Jelena Burazerovic, Institute of Zoology)
Educating the new generation of bat conservationists and promoting bat conservation in Serbia
(This grant was made possible by the Mennen Environmental Foundation)
Pakistan (Muhammad Mahmood-ul-Hassan, University of Agriculture, Pakistan)
Establishing the distribution and diversity of the bats of Pakistan, and allaying public misperceptions of threatened bat species
Democratic Republic of Congo (Prince Kaleme, Centre de Recherches en Sciences Naturelles)
Raising awareness for bat conservation in the eastern DR Congo: a case of one forest reserve and three municipalities in the mountainous Kivu.