Award Grants & Scholarships

Bat Conservation International is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Student Research Scholarship for Global Bat Conservation Priorities.

“We had an incredible pool of applicants this year for our BCI student research scholarship program.  It is inspiring to see how many talented students around the world are working to study and protect bats.  Supporting students to build and share more knowledge about bats is one of the foundations of BCI’s mission.”
- Winifred Frick, BCI’s Chief Scientist.
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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2017 Student Research Scholarship for Global Bat Conservation Priorities Grantees

Recipient: Farah Carrasco - Rueda
Project Title: The effect of climate change on insectivorous bats of Neotropical montane forests
Project Location: Costa Rica
Special Recognition: Women in Conservation Science Honor

Recipient: Babita Gurung
Project Title: Acoustics survey & diet analysis of bats involving citizen scientists at Manaslu Conservation Area Nepal
Project Location: Nepal
Special Recognition: Verne & Marion Read Family Honor

Recipient: Fernando Javier Montiel Reyes
Project Title: Insect suppression service by insectivorous bats on walnut crops of Chihuahua, Mexico
Project Location: Mexico
Special Recognition: Merlin Tuttle Bat Conservation Honor

Recipient: James Kemp
Project Title: Bats as agents of pest control on sugarcane farms in Malawi
Project Location: Malawi

Recipient: Varsha Rai
Project Title: Dialogues with local communities on ecosystem services by bats through direct evidences in Sailung, Nepal
Project Location: Nepal 

Recipient: Tijo K. Joy
Project Title: Effect of Anthropogenic Threats and Land Use-Change on Bat Diversity, Changing Behavior and Conservation Status. 
Project Location: India

Recipient: Patrick Jules Atagana
Project Title: Bat Community Response to Forest Loss and Habitat Conversion in Southern Cameroon
Project Location: Cameroon

Recipient: Helena Raposeira
Project Title: Effects of extreme wildfires and drought events on bats' Mediterranean ecosystems under climate change
Project Location: Portugal

Recipient: Evie Morris
Project Title: Investigating how agricultural and urban expansion affects the diet, microbiota and conservation of desert bats
Project Location: Israel