Award Grants & Scholarships

Award Grants & Scholarships

Grants & Scholarships Latest News
October 20, 2014

The application period for scholarships and grants is delayed until January 2015, as BCI is re-designing its Granting Programs for better alignment with the organization’s Strategic Plan. BCI is also developing a new online application system, which will feature new capabilities and improved user-friendliness and may include changes to the traditional granting categories, criteria, and timelines.

The next Request for Proposals (RFP) is expected to be released in January 2015. All returning users should familiarize themselves with the new details, as eligibility and granting objectives may have changed.

Please refer back to this website for updated information as it comes available.

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 has traditionally offered 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 one 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.

We congratulate the winners of the 2014 BCI Student Research Scholarships and gratefully recognize the generous donors whose support made them possible:

View Donor and Recipient List Here.

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.

We congratulate the current recipients of BCI’s Global Grassroots Grants and gratefully thank the generous donors whose support made them possible:

View Donor and Recipient List Here.

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.

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Our mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.

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