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Grant Opportunities for Students

Liza Moscovice
Doctoral Candidate, Dept. of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1202 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1696


As a graduate student interested in pursuing field work in primate conservation, I began last year to search for potential sources to fund pre-dissertation research in primate behavior and conservation at field sites. Surprisingly during my initial searches I could not find any web sites, books or other resources that offered comprehensive lists of grant and funding opportunities in the areas of primate behavior and conservation. Furthermore, most of my colleagues and peers knew only of grants offering larger monetary awards mostly geared towards professionals already established in their fields, rather than beginning graduate students.

Over the course of a half a year, using some creativity, I was able to identify a number of potential funding sources that were more relevant and obtainable for students and researchers at the pre-dissertation level, and I did end up finding short-term funding for a field study. Having gone through the experience, I realized that I could now offer the resources that I had most wanted when I was beginning the grant-searching process, a somewhat comprehensive list of funding opportunities for primate conservation research that were geared towards students, rather than professionals.

So this is the result of my independent search process. On the grant list you will find a summary of the information (monetary award, deadline for submission, special requirements, contact information etc.) for each of the grants I looked into in 2000. Please note that deadlines and specific requirements may change from year to year, so for the most updated information you should consult the web sites affiliated with the grants directly.

You will also notice that grants have been arranged according to those open to all students and those open to UW-Madison or Wisconsin students. Since this list currently reflects my own search process, it is somewhat biased towards local opportunities that were available to me. Hopefully this information will inspire people to look for grant opportunities within their own communities and university systems, as well as at the broader national or international levels. It is my further hope that as other students conduct their own grant searches, they will bring relevant grant opportunities that they find to my attention, so that I can add them to this list to make it more comprehensive. Please contact me by e-mail to let me know of relevant grant opportunities that are not listed here. Also contact me if you have any comments about the list. I will continue to update the list as I hear about other opportunities.


American Society of Primatologists: ASP Conservation Small Grant
Contact Information:
Dr. Randall Kyes, Chair
ASP Conservation Committee
Regional Primate Research Center
University of Washington
Box 357330
Seattle, WA 98195, USA
Submission Deadline: May 19th
Award Date:
Amount: $ 500 - 1,500
Remarks: For conservation related projects including conservation education.

Animal Behavior Society: ABS Graduate Research Grant
Contact Information>:
Dr. Shelley Adamo
Submission Deadline: January 25th
Award Date: April 1st
Award Amount: $1,000
Remarks: Must be a member of ABS. Research should have strong behavioral

Fulbright IIE U.S. Student Program
Contact Information:
United States Dept. of State
Fulbright, U.S. Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United National Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580
Phone: 212-984-5330
Fax: 212-984-5325
Submission Deadline: October 25th
Award Date: May-June
Award Amount: Varies
Remarks: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All students with a B.A. by
the award date (including college seniors)
are eligible. Graduate students are also eligible. Younger applicants
will not be at a disadvantage. Accepted
project themes vary from country to country.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Contact Information:
Karla ver Bryck Block
U.S. Dept. of Education
International Education and Graduate Program Service
1990 K. Street, NW.
6th Floor
Washington DC 20006-8521
Phone: 202-502-7632
Submission Deadline: October 25th
Award Date: Spring
Award Amount: Varies
Remarks: Awards are for work on a doctoral dissertation only. Accepted
project themes vary from country to
country- check about your specific country of interest.

Lincoln Park Zoo: Lincoln Park Zoo Africa/Asia Conservation Fund and
Neotropic Fund
Contact Information:
Dept. of Conservation and Science
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Submission Date: Sept. 1st
Award Date: December to early
Award Amount: $ 4,000- 6,000
Remarks: The Africa/Asia Fund supports research in Africa and Asia and
preferentially involving researchers from
those areas. TheNeotropic Fund supports research in Latin America and
Caribbean Countries, preferentially
involving researchers from those areas.

Primate Conservation and Welfare Society
Contact Information:
Attention: Conservation Grant Committee

PO Box2101
Port Townsend,WA,98368
Submission Deadline: June 30th
Award Date: July 30th
Award Amount: $500
Remarks: Focus on least known and/or most endangered primate species.

Primate Conservation Inc.
Contact Information:
Primate Conservation Inc.
1411 Shannock Rd.
Phone: 401-364-7140
Fax: 401-364-6785
Submission Deadline: Feb 10th
and Sept 20
Award Date: May 15 and Dec 15
Award amount: up to $5,000
Remarks: Regions of current interest are Asia and West Africa.

Rhode Island Zoological Society & Roger Williams Park Zoo:
Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund
Contact Information:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence RI 02907-3659
Phone: 401-941-3910
Fax: 401-941-3988
Submission Deadline: June 1st
Award Date: Sept. 1st
Award Amount: $1,000
Remarks: Special consideration given to projects that involve in-country

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Great Ape Conservation Fund
Contact Information:
Chief, Division of International Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1622
Phone: 703-358-1758
Fax: 703-358-1754
Submission Deadline: rolling
Award Date: 6 months after
Award Amount: up to $30,000
Remarks: This is an in-kind grant award, meaning that it will match
existing funds from other organizations. You
must have full support of host country and must be doing research on
Great Apes in Africa or Asia.

Wildlife Conservation Society: Research Fellowship Program
Contact Information:
Wildlife Conservation Society
International Programs
Research Fellowship Program
185th St. & Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
Phone: 718-220-5155
Fax: 718-364-4275
Submission Deadline: Jan 1st
and July 1st
Award Deadline: April and Oct.
Award Amount: $ 7,000 (average)
Remarks: Nationals of country of research are strongly encouraged to apply.


For more grant information try this website: Or, if you are a
student at
UW-Madison, stop by in person at the grant center in Memorial Library.

Global Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Scott Kloeck>-Jenson Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant
Contact Information:
Global Studies Program
Phone: 608-265-2631
Fax: 608-265-2633
Submission Deadline: April 6th
Award Date: late May- early June
Award amount: covers travel
funds only
Remarks: Must be enrolled in doctoral program at University of
Wisconsin-Madison; applications with a global
studies theme are given priority.

Graduate Women in Science:
Ruth Dickie Research Scholarship
Contact Information:
Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Box 23-Union South
227 N. Randall Street
Madison, WI 53715
Submission Deadline: April 17th
Award Deadline: next Academic
Award Amount: $ 1,500- 3000
Remarks: Supports research relevant to professional career development of
female students. Must be female
enrolled at UW-Madison, and must be a member of Graduate Women in Science

Milwaukee Zoological Society
Graduate Student Research Grants in Wildlife Conservation
Contact Information:
Lisa Ellis or Dr. Gay Reinartz
Zoological Society of MilwaukeeCounty
1421 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414 258-2333
Fax: 414 258-6311
Email: Lisa Ellis,
Submission Deadline: January
31st, 2001
Award Date: May
Award Amount: up to $2,000
Remarks: Must be doing thesis or dissertation research at a Wisconsin