Winter 2016-2017 Scholarships
As a non-profit organization focused on science education, Field Projects International is committed to providing field biology training and ecological literacy to students of all backgrounds. To accomplish this, we offer competitive, full scholarships for all of our courses. Applications may be submitted from August 15, 2016 to October 31, 2016.
Vertebrates or Invertebrates in Peru
For Peruvian nationals, the Victor Zambrano scholarship is being offered in the name of the 2016 winner of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation. Victor Zambrano had previously also won the prestigious Carlos Ponce Conservation Award in Peru for his dedication to the restoration of natural forests and the preservation of biodiversity in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. In admiration of his work, this scholarship is available for our Tropical Entomology course as well as our Vertebrate Field Biology course, both to be held in Peru, December 27th 2016 to January 8, 2017. Eligibility is restricted to those with Peruvian citizenship only.
The Marina Silva scholarship honors its native Amazonian and Brazilian senator namesake, who has contributed to Amazon conservation as an activist leading demonstrations against deforestation, and as a politician by implementing government policies that foster sustainable development, favor territorial zoning, and attach greater value to standing forests. This scholarship is available for our field courses to be held in the Peruvian Amazon. Please see our scholarship information page for details.
Primates & Predators in India
For our Primates and Predators field course in India’s Western Ghats (December 28th – January 10th), we have the Uma Ramakrishnan and the Michael Watsa scholarships. Uma Ramakrishnan is an ecologist and conservation biologist who recently won the 2016 Parker/Gentry award from the Field Museum in Chicago. As an associate professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bengaluru, her work focuses on population genetics and evolutionary history of mammals, including the conservation of tigers and other mammals in India. Her work has inspired us to offer this scholarship to Indian students with a love for wildlife, conservation, and science.
Michael Watsa of Bangalore, India, was a great supporter of Field Projects International and an animal lover with a degree in agriculture. In addition to designing tropical forest restaurant experiences in Bangalore city, he was spontaneous and compassionate to an extreme, often becoming a compulsive foster parent to everything from baby squirrels to bats. We never knew anyone who loved school and learning more, and are honored to provide a scholarship in his name. See our Scholarship Information Page for details on eligibility.
Any Field Course
Last, but not least, we have the Tab Rasmussen scholarship, which will be cover one student for each of our winter field courses, including those in Peru as well as India. Dr. Tab Rasmussen was an incredible teacher, both in the classroom and outside of it. He was an intrepid birder who greatly enjoyed spending time in the Neotropics, and a gifted mentor who inspired so many students, including FPI’s founders. We honor his memory each year by assisting students with this same passion for natural sciences.
You can more about the eligibility for each of these scholarships and how to apply by visiting our Scholarship Information Page.