Award Grants & Scholarships

Bat Conservation International is excited to announce a request for proposals (RFP) from exceptionally talented student researchers interested in seeking financial support for their bat conservation research projects. BCI’s Student Research Scholarship for Global Bat Conservation Priorities seeks to fund student scholars whose graduate research focuses on innovative and important research topics that inform effective conservation action to protect bats around the world. In 2017, we anticipate granting scholarship awards to 10 students for up to $3,500 each.

We are seeking proposals for research in the following categories:

Category #1: The project contributes to the understanding of the effects of human-caused environmental changes, such as land use and climate change, as threats to global bat biodiversity, including projects focusing on habitat destruction or degradation, wind energy development, pollution, impacts from drought or extreme weather, invasive species, etc.

Category #2: The project contributes to the understanding of bat/human conflicts, such as persecution, bush-meat hunting, disturbance, bats and disease, etc.

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.

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

Women in Conservation Science Honor –an honor to an outstanding woman student from a developing country (low-income and lower to middle income countries as defined by the World Bank; This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of the student’s professional development.

Merlin D. Tuttle Bat Conservation Honor – an annual award to a student whose research addresses an important conservation issue. This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of their project.

Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Honor – an annual award to a student who inspires education and community action to protect bats around the world and address critical conservation needs. This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of their project.

BCI’s online application system will begin accepting new registrations and proposal submissions on October 16, 2017 and the system will close to applicants on November 10, 2017 at 11:59pm (Central Standard Time GMT-6). Details on how to create a successful application can be found here, along with the FAQ's, which are here.
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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Available RFPs


2016 Student Research Scholarship for Global Bat Conservation Priorities Grantees

    • Recipient: Farah Carrasco - Rueda
      Project Title: Response of bat communities to edge effects and changing landuse in a forest-dominated Amazonian landscape
      Project Location: Peru
      Special Recognition: Women in Conservation Science Award Recipient


    • Recipient: Iroro Tanshi
      Project Title: Ecological predictors of forest interior insectivorous bat habitat and conservation of the vulnerable Hipposideros curtus
      Project Location: Nigeria
      Special Recognition: Women in Conservation Science Award Recipient


    • Recipient: Jazmin Quiroz
      Project Title: Bat conservation in an Andean Tropical Dry forest of Bolivia
      Project Location: Bolivia
      Special Recognition: Women in Conservation Science Award Recipient


    • Recipient: Matt Town
      Project Title: Identifying the Key Factors Which Influence the Nature and Magnitude of Human-Bat Conflict Within Malawi
      Project Location: Malawi
      Special Recognition: Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Award Recipient


    • Recipient: Reilly Jackson
      Project Title: The Ecosystem Benefits of Cave-Roosting Bats in Agricultural Areas of Cambodia
      Project Location: Cambodia
      Special Recognition: Merlin D. Tuttle Bat Conservation Scholarship Recipient


    • Recipient: Albérico Queiroz Salgueiro de Souza
      Project Title: Assessing the effects of landscape-scale deforestation on phyllostomid bat assemblages in Brazilian Atlantic Forest landscape
      Project Location: Brazil


    • Recipient: Angelena Efstathiou
      Project Title: Humane Roost Exclusions and Their Effects on Bat Behaviour, Roosting Ecology and Home Range Size
      Project Location: Malawi


    • Recipient: Benneth Obitte
      Project Title: Conservation assessment of Rousettus aegyptiacus: hunting effects and ecosystem services in southern Nigeria
      Project Location: Nigeria


    • Recipient: David Bennett
      Project Title: Rainforest degradation and the insectivorous bats of Borneo
      Project Location: Malaysia


    • Recipient: German Botto
      Project Title: Effect of landscape fragmentation in bat population dynamics and disease persistence in Uruguay
      Project Location: Uruguay


    • Recipient: Génesis Mejía Vera
      Project Title: Diet and Fodder Area of Reproductive Females Leptonycteris Nivalis from Hidalgo, Mexico
      Project Location: Mexico


    • Recipient: Jadelys Tonos
      Project Title: Effect of habitat loss on seed dispersal and forest community structure at fruit bat roosts
      Project Location: Madagascar


    • Recipient: Jennifer de Sousa Barros
      Project Title: Threatened Cave Bats : an important tool for priority subterranean ecosystems identification for conservation
      Project Location: Brazil


    • Recipient: Mateo Sanchez Rios
      Project Title: Bat community of the northeastern karstic zone of Colombia
      Project Location: Colombia


    • Recipient: Priscilla Alpízar
      Project Title: Diet, gut microbiome, and immune system of a nectar-feeding bat in intensive banana plantations
      Project Location: Costa Rica


    • Recipient: Reetika Maheshwary
      Project Title: Leptospirosis: From stressed Pteropid bats to ubiquitous rodents
      Project Location: India


    • Recipient: Theresa Laverty
      Project Title: The role of water quality and availability in structuring desert bat communities
      Project Location: Namibia