The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CTEC) in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England is pleased to announce the call for proposals for our two grant funds, the Tropical Seed Grant Fund (TSGF) and the Student Raised Grant (SRG). AUNE graduate students who are members of CTEC and are conducting research or projects pertaining to ecology, education, sustainable development, natural resource management or conservation in the tropics or tropical developing countries should apply. The Tropical Seed Grant Fund is meant to support the ‘seed’ of a tropical conservation project – a fund to help students get their research off the ground, thanks to an endowment generously donated by an ES alumna and her family. The Student Raised Grant is supported by our organic, fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate sales, and was initiated several years ago by two CTEC student members in the ES Department, Troy Hansel and Jeff Brown.
The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation has awarded scholarships totaling up to $3,000 to AUNE ES graduate students each year since 2005 through these two funds. Students may submit an application (see guidelines below) and will be considered for either one of the grants. There is no need to indicate to which one you are applying.
Students interested in applying for a grant must be enrolled with at least half time status in the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England at the time of their application for the grant, and they must be registered as a CTEC student. Funds may be requested for field work on a tropical ecology, sustainable development, education, natural resource management, or conservation project, including field equipment or travel to the field site. Requests for funding will be considered up to $1000. The student must demonstrate the link between their dissertation/thesis/project and conservation, sustainable development, environmental education, or management, and this work must count towards their graduate degree at AUNE.
Application deadline: March 24, 2017
(please read and follow these instructions carefully)
Please submit a brief letter of interest (a one page cover letter) and a research proposal of no more than 4 pages, including a complete and detailed budget. To receive full consideration, proposals must be submitted in the following format:
1. Title page must include: Purpose of funding (research/project), applicant name, address, and phone number, name of ANE faculty advisor, and a brief project summary including dates of field work and amount of money requested.
2. Three page narrative including (single spaced, 12 font):
- Thesis, Project or Dissertation objectives (research questions if appropriate)
- Location of the research or project activities
- Justification/abbreviated literature review
- Anticipated results and their potential application, detailing the anticipated tangible/measurable results, how those results will be analyzed and how the overall project will be evaluated.
- Demonstration of feasibility and appropriateness of field site: in-country contacts; permissions to work in country or at field site; contacts with local researchers, status of field site.
- Evidence that you will be able to raise sufficient funds to cover the trip if this grant does not cover full expenses.
3. Timetable of relevant activities
4. Budget (as appropriate: equipment, travel expenses, food and lodging), and a clear indication of what will be paid for by the grant money. Please indicate how you will cover the total costs of the proposed activity, assuming this grant will not cover all costs. Submit electronic copy as a single document to: firstname.lastname@example.org This means you must put all the parts of your application into one document. Do not send more than one pdf. Put your last name and ‘CTEC grant application’ in the subject line (e.g., Smith CTEC grant application)
1. All proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the CTEC Director, members of the ES faculty, and one CTEC student staff member.
2. Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Scientific, conservation, environmental education and/or sustainable development merit of the proposed project for which funds are requested
- Appropriateness and scientific merit of chosen project methods
- Feasibility of project within the proposed time
- Need for funding
- Relative contribution of the proposed project to conservation goals and/or to existing scientific knowledge
- Priority is given to funding capstone projects Funds are typically released after Spring semester has ended based on Financial Aid guidelines.
1. Applicants must agree to submit a letter of acknowledgment upon receipt of the grant
2. Applicants must agree to submit a two-page summary of the research or a copy of the final report to CTEC within two months of completion of research project for which the funds were used.
3. The grant recipient will be required to present the results of the study to the ANE community at the annual Student Research Symposium, held annually in April.
4. The recipient agrees to acknowledge CTEC in any publications or presentations arising from the funded work.
DO NOT SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO Beth Kaplin or Jean Kayira; send to email@example.com