July 2009, Volume 7, Issue 7

Apply for a Scholarship

Bat Conservation International’s Student Research Scholarship program is now accepting applications for 2010 awards. Since 1990, BCI Scholarships have been helping top students at universities around the world conduct research that contributes the new knowledge needed to conserve bats and their habitats worldwide.
Scholarships of up to $5,000 each for the 2010-11 academic year will support well-planned research projects that are directly relevant to bat conservation anywhere in the world. Qualified research should addresses at least one of these issues: answering ecological or behavioral questions that are essential to conservation or management; resolving an economic problem that will improve support for conservation; or documenting key ecological or economic roles of bats.
Scholarship applications must be completed online at BCI’s website (http://www.batcon.org/our-work/initiatives/award-grants-scholarships). The deadline for receipt of applications for 2010 BCI Scholarships is December 15, 2009. Applications are judged by a panel of non-BCI scientists, and awards are announced in March.
BCI has awarded 275 scholarships totaling $674,750 in the past 19 years. With matching funds from other conservation organizations, government agencies and private foundations, our investment helped generate a total of $4.8 million in conservation-related research in 58 countries.
U.S. Forest Service International Programs partnered with BCI in 2005 to establish the Bats in International Forestry Scholarship Fund, which provides BCI scholarships for research conducted in developing countries. Students from any university are eligible for these awards, and all qualified applicants will automatically be considered. Bats in International Forestry Scholarships have supported 39 student-research projects in 19 countries.
BCI provided 19 scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year. Among them were:
• David Armitage (University of Florida): Effects of prescribed burning on insect and bat communities, Florida USA;
• Kristine Bohmann (University of Copenhagen): Free-tailed bats and the pest moth Eldana saccharin, Swaziland;
• Beth Clare (University of Guelph): Dietary resource partitioning in a bat community, Costa Rica;
• Lee-sim Lim (Queen Mary, University of London): Conservation consequences of forest fragmentation, Malaysia;
Emma Stone (University of Bristol): Impact of artificial lighting on bat behavior, United Kingdom;
• Edgar Toribio (Instituto De Ecología): Food resources in tropical forest fragments, Mexico.

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