Award Grants & Scholarships

Award Grants & Scholarships

Student Research Scholarships for Global Bat Conservation Priorities
Bat Conservation International, in partnership with the Latin American Bat Conservation Network and the Bat Conservation Africa Network, requests proposals through BCI’s online application system from exceptionally talented student researchers interested in seeking financial support for their bat research projects.

We are seeking research proposals relevant to bat conservation on:

Category #1: The project contributes to the understanding of 1) the impact of climate change on bats or 2) the value of bats to human economies, such as through ecosystem services or ecotourism.

Category #2: The project contributes to the understanding of or directly resolves bat/human conflicts, such as bats and disease, wind energy development, pesticides, persecution, hunting or loss of critical habitat to mining, land conversion, or deforestation.

Category #3: The project will answer ecological or behavioral questions essential to the conservation of one or more bat species currently listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, or Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ( or officially recognized on a national list of species of concern.

This RFP is only open to students who are registered and in good standing with a recognized academic institution. We anticipate making 15-20 awards total, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for undergraduate and $2,500 to $5,000 for graduate students. These awards are not intended to cover the full cost of a project and BCI hopes these funds provide opportunities for matching grants from other funding sources. Specifically, we are seeking proposals for research in:

  • Latin America & the Caribbean – in partnership with the Latin America Bat Conservation Network (RELCOM);
  • Africa and the surrounding islands – in partnership with Bat Conservation Africa (BCA); and
  • Globally – including research in developed countries.

From the awardees, we will recognize outstanding students for the following special awards:

  • Women in Conservation Science – We anticipate awarding up to five (5) awards to students from a developing country (low-income and lower to middle income countries as defined by the World Bank ( This recognition comes with an additional $1,000 to $2,000 in support of the student’s professional development.
  • Merlin D. Tuttle Bat Conservation Scholarship – an annual award to a student whose research addresses an important conservation issue. This recognition comes with an additional $1,000 in support of their research.
  • Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Award – an annual award to a student who inspires education and community action to protect bats around the world and addresses critical conservation needs. This recognition comes with an additional $1,000 in support of their project.

The application system will begin accepting new registrations and proposal submissions on October 21, 2016 and the system will close to applicants on November 30, 2016 at 11:59pm (central time in the USA).

We will hold a Q&A Webinar about the RFP, including sharing tips for successful proposal writing, hosted by BCI’s senior director of conservation science, Winifred Frick, and senior director of global conservation, Dave Waldien, and bat researcher Jon Flanders on Monday November 7th at 11am Eastern Standard Time (GMT -4). Hosted by Zoom: ; US Dial: +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 720 351 1177
Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae)
Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae)
©Richard Jackson

Bat Conservation International (BCI) operates its Granting Programs in line with the ten (10) critical conservation strategies listed in the organization’s Strategic Plan. These strategies highlight the need to accelerate scientific research into priority issues, catalyze action to prevent the loss of species or critical habitat, develop innovative solutions to address serious threats, create new mechanisms to engage stakeholders at all levels and ensure sustainability, perfect emerging technologies for use in protecting bats, and support the work of promising students and young conservationists as they become the next generation of bat champions around the world.

Since its founding in 1982, BCI has supported hundreds of university students and aspiring conservationists in dozens of countries through its Granting Programs, traditionally called Student Research Scholarships and Global Grassroots Grants. If you are interested in applying for funding from BCI’s Granting Programs, please read the details below to determine if one of our open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) fits your project and to confirm your eligibility.


BCI is an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

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