Scholarships | Field Projects International

We are now accepting applications for scholarships
to attend a summer 2017 field program!




FPI offers multiple scholarships with differing eligibility requirements. Please read through all the scholarship descriptions to find those that are applicable to you.  All essays are evaluated blindly, with no reference to your name or other personal information. 

Atención: Hispanohablantes
Tenemos becas para ciudadanos peruanos y becas para ciudadanos de otros países también, pero en este momento todos los estudiantes deben tener fluidez en Inglés. Esperamos poder ofrecer cursos en español en el futuro.

Scholarship Information on this Page:

  • Section I: Scholarship overview
  • Section II: Scholarship Benefits
  • Section III: Course Benefits

Section I: Scholarship Overview

The Victor Zambrano Scholarship

We are honored to present this scholarship to a student 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.

Number of Scholarships: 1 per course

Scholarship Type: Covers the full course fee

Location: Los Amigos Biological Field Station in Peru

Course SpecificityInsect Chemical Ecology

Eligibility: This scholarship is restricted to applicants with Peruvian citizenship, and who reside in Peru.

Application Period: January 26, 2017 – May 21, 2017 (Insect Chemical Ecology only)

Essay question:  Imagine you are an individual of a Neotropical species (you choose the species). How are you a part of nutrient cycling? Where do you get your nutrients from, and what are you providing nutrients to. What would happen if your entire species disappeared?

Essay language: You may submit your essay in English only.

Essay Length: 1000 words. Please remember to cite your sources.

Where to Apply

The Tab Rasmussen Scholarship

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.

Number of Scholarships: 1 per course

Scholarship Type: Covers the full course fee

Location: Los Amigos Biological Field Station in Peru

Course Specificity: Insect Chemical Ecology

Eligibility: The applicant must be a resident and citizen of any country except for Peru.

Application Period: January 26, 2017 – May 21, 2017 (Insect Chemical Ecology only)

Essay question: What is the One Health Initiative, and how is it important to conservation?

Essay language: Please submit your essay in English ONLY.

Essay Length: 1000 words. Please use APA citation for your sources.

Where to Apply

Graduate-Level Primatology Research Scholarship

Description: This is a single scholarship offered in collaboration with the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon’s (ASA). We invite proposals for projects to explore demography, spatial ecology, and/or feeding ecology (or related topic) of our target species: dusky titi monkeys (Callicebus brunneus).  The exact nature of the proposed research project is open, but should be in line with the ASA’s goal of promoting conservation. Please note that at this stage we can not authorize the trapping or handling of vertebrate species at our field site; proposals, therefore, should be for observational research only.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Scholarship Benefits: The scholarship will cover food and lodging for a period of up to four months between May 15th and September 15th, 2017. Researcher accommodations are in shared dormitories, and three meals and snacks are provided each day. The successful applicant will have the support of the ASA’s academic faculty and staff, resident naturalists, and a number of volunteers and internship program participants that may serve as field assistants.

Location: Finca Las Piedras  in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon

Eligibility: Applicants should be graduate students (M.Sc., Ph.D.) who are currently enrolled (or will be during Fall 2017). Outstanding undergraduate students (e.g., those who wish to complete a capstone study) and at-large applicants will also be considered.

Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED

More Details:  Read the full description of this opportunity HERE.

Where to Apply

Section II: Scholarship Benefits

  • Scholarships differ in their eligibility requirements. It is thus very important that you ready the above details carefully and apply for the right scholarship based on the country where you live AND have citizenship.
  • Costs covered:
    • Transportation from local contact point to the field station and back (Puerto Maldonado)
    • Meals and lodging for the duration of the course
    • Basic equipment required to attend the course
  • Certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Section III: Course Benefits

  • Participation in a global course: Our students hail from all over the world, and this provides you with exposure to a network of future colleagues in the field of your interest.
  • Training by experienced instructors in subjects including herpetology, ornithology, entomology, mammalogy, and primatology.
  • Gain practical skills: navigation with a GPS and compass, learn to work with spatial data, radio telemetry, animal tracking by vocalization and sight, population census technique, bird identification and description, mist netting of birds/bats, and tree climbing. Note: exact course activities vary.
Application Instructions

  1. We will open the application process on January 26th, 2017, with a final deadline of March 21st, 2017 (for all courses except Insect Chemical Ecology). Scholarship applications for Insect Chemical Ecology are due by May 21st, 2017.  
  2. You do not need to complete a normal course registration when applying for a scholarship. Just the scholarship application will suffice.
  3. Scholarship recipients will be announced on April 10th, 2017 (for all courses except Insect Chemical Ecology). Scholarship applications for Insect Chemical Ecology will be announced by June 5th, 2017.
  4. If you do not win a scholarship, but still want to attend the course at the normal rates, you will have roughly a week after the announcement to make a paid reservation.
  5. All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of attending the course
  6. Each candidate must demonstrate at least average competence in written and spoken English, as instruction on the course will be provided in English. This having been said, many non-native English speakers have successfully attended our courses in the past. If any of the instructions below are confusing to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at] We will gladly assist in clarifying any of the details specified here.
  7. All residencies and citizenships must be proven at the time of the application in order to be considered for a particular scholarship.
  8. Each candidate can only win one scholarship in this round of applications.

How are scholarships granted?

  1. Scholarship applications will be judged by our specially appointed Scholarship Committee consisting of members from a variety of disciplines.
  2. We are looking for imaginative and well thought-out essays that address the questions posted.
  3. Writing quality will impact your outcome, but is not the sole criterion to win a scholarship.
  4. All applications are scored blindly i.e. the Committee does not know your identity while evaluating your essay.
  5. If you are not awarded a scholarship, and you decide to attend the course anyway, you will have time to pay the course fee, which is due by the April 17th, 2017.

Important Information

  • You must be able to get to the local contact point. FPI will not pay for transportation costs from your home town to this point, or back to your home.
  • You must demonstrate competence in spoken and written English, since coursework will be conducted in English. Typically, we will ask to speak with you briefly and casually over the phone to evaluate this requirement.