An open call for proposals for BCI's Student Scholars program, a global-reaching initiative that offers funding for various student research projects. To apply visit


Bat Conservation International Opens Online Applications for Student Scholars Program to Promote Globally Impactful Conservation Research 

Annual Program Has Supported 70 Countries and 460 Student Scholars  with Needed Funding for their Impactful Research Projects 

AUSTIN, TX (October 8, 2020) – Bat Conservation International (BCI) announced today an open call for proposals for its Student Scholars program, a global-reaching initiative that offers funding for various student research projects. The application system will close on Oct. 31, 2020.  

BCI’s Student Scholarships for Global Bat Conservation Priorities is open to exceptionally talented graduate student researchers who are in good academic standing. Thirteen award grants of up to $3,000 each are offered, with the intention that the researcher can find matching grant opportunities from other sources. Submitted proposals should fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Project investigates the effects of human-caused environmental changes as threats to bats  
  • Project tests ways to reduce bat and human conflicts, such as hunting and roost disturbances  
  • Project fills key data gaps on ecology or behavior of imperiled or data deficient bat species 

BCI offers financial support and guidance to graduate students around the world..  BCI emphasizes the need for evidence-based research as well as studies by students in countries where conservation-related information and access is limited. The program encourages students to share their findings with their local community to build local capacity and appreciation for bat conservation efforts. 

“We’re very proud of our Student Scholarship this year, as we’ve expanded the honor and award opportunities for a global group of passionate researchers,” said Dr. Winifred Frick, Chief Scientist at BCI. “With the Student Scholars program, we attract talented and passionate students who are taking on important projects around the world to promote and protect bat species and their habitats. We’re delighted to provide opportunities for bright and hardworking scholars to pursue projects that grow our capacity for bat conservation around the world.” 

Starting this year, BCI offers several new Student Scholar awards and recognitions, including: 

  • The Thomas H Kunz Innovation in Bat Research Honor to recognize an applicant with an innovative research approach that honors the many contributions made by Dr. Tom Kunz in bat ecology and conservation 
  • Promoting Diversity in Conservation Award to a proposal that promotes diversity and inclusion in conservation science  
  • Conservation Evidence Special Recognition Badge for any scholars implementing or testing a conservation intervention or action 

In addition to the three new awards, BCI is continuing its legacy of supporting diversity and inspiration through two other awards that both offer an additional $500 in funding: 

  • The Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Honor to support a scholar who is inspiring community action for aiding bats  
  • Women in Science Award for a female student from a developing country 

For more information or to apply to BCI’s Student Scholars program, visit   

About Bat Conservation International 
The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. For more information visit

Media Contact: Javier Folgar 
Bat Conservation International 
Tel: 512.327.9721 ext. 410