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SCB Graduate Student Research Fellowship Awards

SCB allocates awards funding to support ten graduate student members whose research advances the science and practice of conserving biological diversity. 

The fellowship is designed to support graduate students who need assistance with costs toward field expenses in order to complete their degree. 

The SCB Global Awards Committee administers the Graduate Student Research Fellowship Awards and evaluates applicants on merit and with respect to geographic, topical, gender and other aspects of conservation diversity. 

The call for applications for 2019 is closed. The next call for applications will begin in the first quarter of 2020. 

Graduate Student Research Fellowship Awards will support field work, including travel, materials or equipment required to conduct research by graduate students.

Students must demonstrate financial need toward completion of graduate degree and graduate research must contribute to SCB’s mission to advance the science and practice of conserving Earth's biodiversity.

See Graduate Student Research Award winners from 2018 and 2019.  


How to Apply

Note that we are not accepting applications for 2020 Graduate Student Research Awards until the first quarter of 2020.

To apply, applicants submit a Graduate Student Fellowship Award application, which includes questions that cover the applicant's research project, budget justification and description of how the award will support completion of the applicant's graduate degree, and a statement on the applicant's involvement with SCB (membership, conferences attended, chapter participation, committee support / volunteerism, etc.).

Application Package Checklist

  1. Graduate Student Research Award Application Form
  2. Short CV (max 2 pages)
  3. Proof of active membership in SCB (member ID entered on application form)
  4. Proof of university enrollment for the calendar period in which the award will be received (e.g., January - December 2020). Proof of enrollment may include a scanned copy of a university student card, registration fees receipt, etc.
  5. Letter of support (no more than one page) from primary supervisor

Submitting the Application Package

Send your application package to the Awards Committee (awards (at) conbio (dot) org). If possible, package your application, CV and proof of university enrollment into one PDF document in this order:

  1. Application form
  2. CV
  3. Proof of university enrollment. 

When saving the application, applicants should include their surname and first name (ie Doe_Jane_GradAwardApp).

The letter of support should be attached as a separate file and labeled accordingly (ie Jane Doe Letter of Support). 

If the application package cannot be combined into a single PDF document, then all materials (application, CV, proof of university enrollment, letter of support) should be included in the same email with the applicant's name included in the file name of each document (ie Doe_Jane_application; Doe_Jane_CV; etc).