Award Grants & Scholarships

Bat Conservation International is pleased to announce its latest request for proposals through its online application system from exceptionally talented conservationists, researcher and educators for bat research, applied conservation and/or education projects that has direct implications for the conservation/management of bats.

Projects must fit one of the following three categories:

Category #1: The project contributes to the understanding of the value of bats to human economies, such as through ecosystem services, ecotourism or other areas.

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

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.

This rfp is open to university students and other interested parties and awards will range from $1,000 to $3,000; BCI anticipates making 8-12 awards. A project must take place in a developing country low-income, lower to middle income, and upper to middle income countries as defined by the World Bank. Please note that as the 2015 BCI request for proposals focused solely on Latin America, this year preference will be given to projects not in Latin American countries.

The application system will begin accepting new submissions on April 8, 2016 and closes April 30, 2016.

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Bat Conservation International operates its Granting Programs in line with the ten 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. Beginning in 2015, BCI is broadening its approach to grant-making by awarding financial awards of various types and sizes to best advance the organization’s mission and address its stated priorities.

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.

Available RFPs

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