India: Tropical Biology and Primatology, January 2016 | Field Projects International

India: Tropical Biology and Primatology, January 2016

Explore India's wildlife, ecology and culture through the fascinating lens of field biology.


Where: Explore Fringe Ford

Dates: January 1 to 13, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2015

Course Contents: Download the Syllabus

Scholarships: Opens September 1, deadline November 15, 2015


Institution: Washington University in St. Louis University College

Course Number: U69 3669

Credits: 2 or 3 (3 credits requires final course paper)

Cost: $620 per undergraduate credit; $865 per graduate credit (separate from course costs)

Deadline: November 27, 2015

PLEASE read our FAQs for detailed instructions on how to apply


Course Description

Our courses are organized around several discrete modules in the field of tropical biology and primatology. At the start of the course, students begin by learning basic orienteering and navigation skills, while becoming familiar with safety and ethics concerning living and working in the rainforest. Then, accompanied by assigned literature (primary research conducted in the area or at the site itself), the course leads students through a diverse range of topics – ornithology, primatology, herpetology, entomology, mammalogy and botany. Along the way, students receive training in a variety of practical skills, such as behavioral observation, radio telemetry, recording and manipulating spatial data, and tree-climbing.

In this course, the special focus will be on surveying a variety of taxa, since almost nothing has been systematically documented about the population at this field station. Students will participate in the generation of an improved trail system map with markers, establish repeatable surveys for birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles, conduct vegetation surveys, and assist in creating the first data management system for the site. Their final observations will be published online in FPI’s sightings database that will be launched in the Fall of 2016.

Finally, we stress at each stage the importance of considering the conservation of this special habitat, and the impact we have on it.

Other Course Activities:

Along the way, participants will undergo a variety of experiences: safari trips into the surrounding forest by car (the best way to get a glimpse inside the National Parks), exploration of waterfalls and streams, lifting prints from pug-marks, a visit to a local high school, and climbing to the highest point in the area, overlooking miles of tropical rainforest.

We also offer longer or shorter field training options at our field site in Peru. Research positions at FringeFord are not available at this time.


There are a few simple requirements to determine eligibility for this course:

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the course.
  2. You must have medical insurance, and provide proof of such insurance to us to complete your reservation.
  3. We have no citizenship requirements. Anyone is welcome to apply. You must obtain visas independently if necessary.
  4. You do not need any training in biology or primatology – our course is structured to accommodate people from a variety of backgrounds.
  5. Courses have a maximum capacity of 16 participants. If you are concerned that you will lose your spot, please contact us to confirm how many spots we have left.
Explore our scholarship options for the January Field Course in 2016 in India.
  1. This is a remote field site, without internet or cell phone capabilities. Be certain that you can handle being away from your family and friends for at least five days at a stretch.
  2. All participants must sign standard liability waivers for our program and for the field station.
  3. If a minimum course enrollment is not reached by the registration deadline, Field Projects International reserves the right to cancel the course.
  4. Please read our cancellation policy carefully, as no exceptions can be made after the deadlines mentioned.
  5. Since most activities are conducted outdoors, our exact schedule is weather dependent.
Travel and Course Details
  1. As with all of our courses, a comprehensive travel packet that contains information on when and how to book your travel, visas, vaccinations, and packing tips, will be made available to all students.
  2. This packet is provided to students once they have registered for the course.

  • The cost for the course is $1950.
  • First installment: $400, paid to reserve a place in the course
  • Second installment: $1550, paid by November 27, 2015
  • Of the first installment of  $400, $100 is a nonrefundable registration fee
  • All prices are listed in USD.

The course fee covers the following:

  • An airport pickup on December 31, 2016 in Bangalore, and a drop-off on January 13th, 2016 back to Bangalore
  • Accommodation in Mysore for two nights at the beginning of the course (includes breakfast, but not the other meals, although we will all eat as a group together in safe and affordable places)
  • Transportation to and from the field station once per participant
  • Lodging and meals at the field station
  • Training and activities related to the course provided by experienced instructors
  • Field equipment to be used in course activities

The course fee does not cover the following:

  • Travel from your home to Bangalore in India
  • Medical insurance, which is a requirement for the course
  • Food in Mysore, other than breakfast
  • Costs related to exigent circumstances under which a participant requires an early departure from the field station
  • Medical costs of any kind, for any reason
  • Binoculars – each participant should try to bring their own pair of binoculars
  • Field boots, headlamp/flashlight and other personal effects required for the course
  • University credit for the course

  • The registration fee of $100 is nonrefundable under any circumstances.
  • If you cancel on or before the registration deadline of November 27, 2015, we will refund all course fees paid in full (except for the registration fee of $100).
  • If you cancel your reservation after the registration deadline but before December 7, you will be refunded 40% of your course fee.
  • Course fees cannot be refunded for cancellations made after December 7, 2015.
  • If Field Projects International cancels this course due to mitigating reasons, a full refund of all fees paid, including the registration fee, will be made available to all participants.

Course Information
  • Course Id:I-JA2016
  • Credits:2 or 3 credits
  • Dates:January 1-13, 2016

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