The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon, in collaboration with Field Projects International, is pleased to announce its:
2017 Field Biology Scholarship for Primatological Studies!
AWARD AMOUNT: Roughly $4,000 (food & lodging)
SCHOLARSHIP FIELD PERIOD: May – August/September 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 17, 2017
BACKGROUND/ABOUT THE FIELD SITE
The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon’s (ASA) field site in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon is located roughly 1 km from the recently-paved Interoceanic Highway connecting the regional capital of Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios) with the state of Acre in Brazil, at the present edge of the expanding agricultural frontier. Many large vertebrate species, including the largest primates (e.g., howler and spider monkeys) have been extirpated locally, likely due to habitat loss and disturbance, and also hunting for food and the pet trade. Several species of smaller primate remain in the area, however, including brown titi monkey (Callicebus brunneus), night monkey (Aotus nigriceps), brown capuchin (Sapajus macrocephalus), squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis), and saddleback tamarin (Saguinus weddelli).
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Part of the ASA’s mission is to conserve biodiversity in southeastern Peru. To achieve this goal we promote and engage in biological research and monitoring that provides the baseline data upon which comprehensive management strategies for wildlife and biodiversity can be created. Currently very little is known about even the basic biology of the majority of species in the region, including the effects of forest clearing and fragmentation on animal ecology. Given the disproportionate importance of certain vertebrate species to seed dispersal and thus forest dynamics—especially medium and large primates—we seek to fund research that will generate a basic understanding of the demography, as well as the spatial and feeding ecology, of these species.
We invite proposals for projects to explore demography, spatial ecology, and/or feeding ecology (or related topic) of our target species: brown titi monkeys (Callicebus brunneus), the most common medium-sized primate at Finca Las Piedras, in southeastern Peru. 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.
Upon completion of the scholarship period the awardee will be required to furnish the ASA with a report detailing key findings, as well as copies of any publications resulting from funded field work, when available. 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.
The scholarship will cover food and lodging for a period of up to four months (15 May – 15 September, 2017) at Finca Las Piedras, the ASA’s field site in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon. Researcher accommodations are in shared dormitories, and three meals and snacks are provided each day.
The scholarship does not cover the cost of travel to Puerto Maldonado, or the cost of medical/travel insurance. Pickup from the Puerto Maldonado airport (PEM) or the bus terminal and transport to the field site is covered.
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.
Proof of medical and/or travel insurance is required for all researchers at the field site, and proof of insurance should be presented before an award is granted.
HOW TO APPLY
Application deadline: March 17, 2017
You will be asked to upload a proposal that includes a brief introduction to the specific study topic, detailed methods, and expected results, if applicable. You will also need to supply your resume/CV and two references.