External Awards, Scholarships & Funding Opportunities

IOF is constantly looking for funding and award opportunities for its students. IOF does not endorse these opportunities, but makes information about them available for students to explore.

If you are aware of award, scholarship and funding opportunities that may interest our students, please send an email to the IOF Communications Manager.

J Frances Allen Scholarship
Deadline: April 1

The qualified applicant must be a female PhD student who was an AFS member as of December 31 in the year previous to application. The award recipient will receive a US$2,500 scholarship and there are no restrictions on the use of the funds.

Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship
Deadline: February 1

The fellowship comprises a competitively based US$10,000 award to a graduate student actively engaged in thesis research relevant to marine conservation; a focus on fisheries issues is not required.

John E. Skinner Memorial Fund
Deadline: April 1
The fund provides monetary travel awards for deserving graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students to attend the AFS annual meeting. Travel support (up to $800 per award) will be made available to successful applicants. Award winners will also receive a one year paid membership to the American Fisheries Society.

Anne Vallée Ecological Fund
Deadline: likely mid-March

Offers two $1,500 scholarship to support students registered in animal research at the master or doctoral level in a Québec or British Columbia University. The AVEF is focussed on supporting field research in animal ecology, in relation with the impact of human activities such as forestry, industry, agriculture, and fishing.

Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards
Deadline: end of January annually

Student awards for exceptional northern-based research, to foster scholars and scientists with northern experience and to enhance educational opportunities available for northern residents. Offered to Canadian citizen or permanent resident, enrolled in full time post-secondary education at a recognized Canadian University or College (except for post-doctoral applicants), and who have an aspect of northern or circumpolar fieldwork included as part of their research. Value: The CNST provides a range of scholarships, studentships and awards from endowments and annual donors, ranging in value from $1,500 to $50,000 per year

Conservation Grants Fund
Deadline: March 15

In support of the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, and their collaborators. CGF grants are awarded in six categories: Animal Health; Animal Welfare; Conservation Education; Field Conservation; Management / Captive Breeding; and Research. The average project award is approximately US$18,000

Small grants programme
Deadline: accepted throughout year

The Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme provides relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with clear conservation value. This programme of funding is open to individuals or organisations for projects in New Zealand or for projects in countries outside the First World - though applicants can be based anywhere in the world.

Small grants will be awarded up to a maximum of NZD$5000. However, in most cases, successful grants will be in the region of NZD$1000 - $3000. The amount applied for through the programme should represent a minimum of 25% of the project's overall budget.

Bullitt Environmental Fellowship
Deadline: April 1

The fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding graduate student at a university in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, southern Alaska, and British Columbia) who has a strong academic record, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, the promise of emerging as an environmental leader, and a faculty nomination. Value: Two-year, US$50,000/year fellowship

James L. Baillie Student Research Award
Deadline: February 15

Open to any student conducting ornithological research at a Canadian university. Supports: studies of Canadian birds in their natural environment; projects which contribute to preservation of birds; and projects which disseminate knowledge of birds. Applicants must be SCO-SOC members to be eligible. Value: $1000.

Fred Cooke Student Award
Deadline: February 15

Offered jointly by the SCO-SOC and Bird Studies Canada, the award shall be open to any student conducting ornithological research at a Canadian university, except that previous recipients of the award shall not be eligible. The award shall be for travel to ornithological conferences at which the student will make an oral or poster presentation, or research in any aspect of ornithology anywhere in the world. Applicants must be SCO-SOC members to be eligible. Value: $1000.

Taverner Awards
Deadline: February 15

Aimed at people with limited or no access to major funding, regardless of professional status, who are undertaking ornithological work in Canada. Applicants must be SCO-SOC members to be eligible. Value: Up to $2000.

T. W. M. Cameron Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award
Deadline: August 15, 2016

This is an annual award to recognize the author of an outstanding PhD thesis in Zoology submitted to a Canadian University. The recipient of the award will be invited to present a lecture on the subject of the dissertation to the Annual General Meeting. Value: Travel costs up to $1500, scroll.

L. Margolis Scholarship
Deadline: November 1, 2016

Open to any Canadian who is registered in a graduate studies program at a Canadian university at the time the scholarship is taken up and whose research is in the field of fisheries biology. Value: Cash award of $500

CPB Travel Research Grant
Deadline: Currently January 31

This award will assist student and post-doctoral members of the Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry section with expenses incurred during visits to other laboratories, research facilities, field stations or sites to conduct zoological research. Value: Cash award of $500

Student/PDF Research Grant
Deadline: Currently January 31

This award will assist students and post-doctoral fellows from Canadian universities with expenses incurred during collaborative visits to other laboratories, research facilities, field stations or sites to conduct zoological research. Value: Cash award of $500

Public Awareness Award
Deadline: October 1, 2016

This award is intended to encourage and stimulate increased public awareness of zoology through articles in the popular press that deal with environmental, biological or zoological issues. The article will have been published in any recognized newspaper or periodical available to the public. Value: Cash award of $100

Public Education Award
Deadline: October 1, 2016

This award is intended to recognize excellence in public education about zoology. Value: Cash award of $300

Smith Fellows
Deadline: September 9, 2016

Post-doctoral fellowship program identifies and supports early-career scientists who will shape the field of applied conservation biology. David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships are available to post-doctoral researchers (of any nationality) affiliated with a United States institution, proposing research that addresses pressing conservation issues for the United States. Value: Two year annual salary of US$52,500, research funds totaling US$32,000 and an US$8,000 travel budget.

Open Scholarship
Deadline: February annually

The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) postgraduate study in any field, in Canada or elsewhere. You must be a graduate of a Canadian university when tenure of the scholarship begins.

Grants

The Fund has been established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. Its focus is global and eligibility for grants will extend to all plant, animal and fungi species conservation efforts, without discrimination on the basis of region or selected species. Value: Maximum US$25,000 for each project.

Committee for Research and Exploration Grant

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).

Funding is not restricted to United States citizens. Researchers planning work in foreign countries should include at least one local collaborator as part of their research teams. The committee will not consider applications seeking support solely for laboratory work or archival research. While grants are awarded on the basis of scientific merit and exist independent of the Society's other divisions, grant recipients are expected to provide the Society with rights of first refusal for popular publication of their findings.

Grants to PIs in Developing Countries: While the first priority of the CRE is to fund high-quality scientific research, there is also a particular interest in funding projects that promote the growth of scientific infrastructure in geographic locations where such infrastructure is lacking.

This grant program does not pay educational tuition, nor does it offer scholarships or fellowships of any kind.

Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and be associated with an educational organization or institution. Independent researchers or those pursuing a Ph.D.-level degree may apply, but awards to non-Ph.D. applicants are rare. As a general rule, all applicants are expected to have published a minimum of three articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000.

Conservation Trust Grant

The objective of the Conservation Trust is to support conservation activities around the world as they fit within the mission of the National Geographic Society. The trust will fund projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth's biological, cultural, and historical resources. While the Conservation Trust acknowledges the need to preserve archaeological sites and artifacts, our current budget limits prevent us from funding such requests.

National Geographic Society grants may not be used for indirect costs, overhead, and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries. Funds may not be used for travel to scientific/professional meetings or conferences, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of permanent field stations, or publication of research results.

Applicants are not required to have a Ph.D. or other advanced degrees. However, applicants must provide a record of prior research or conservation action as it pertains to the proposed project. Funding is not restricted to United States citizens. Researchers planning work in foreign countries should include at least one local collaborator as part of their research teams.

While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. As National Geographic Society funds are intended to function as complementary support, the trust strongly encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other funding agencies.

Grant recipients are expected to provide the National Geographic Society with rights of first refusal for popular publication of their findings.

Global Exploration Fund — Northern Europe

In order to be considered for funding, the applicant must be a resident of one of the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, or the United Kingdom.

The GEF—Northern Europe Research grants must have hypothesis-based scientific research as a primary focus and are awarded based on potential for new advances in field sciences. All proposed projects must have a geographical dimension and be of broad scientific interest.

Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology (including fields such as botany, behavioral ecology and zoology), geography, geology, oceanography and paleontology. In addition, the advisory board is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).

Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and be associated with an educational organization or institution. Researchers planning fieldwork outside of Northern Europe should include at least one local collaborator as part of their fieldwork team.

While grant amounts vary greatly, the average award is €20000.

National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants

The National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program funds projects that require venture capital, supporting exceptional projects while foregoing a time-consuming peer-review process. NGS/Waitt grants are able to fund "proof of concept" research for applicants at an earlier stage in their careers than other NGS grant programs. Special emphasis is placed on expedited grant processing and turnaround.

Funding is not restricted to United States citizens. Applicants planning work in foreign countries should include at least one local collaborator as part of their research teams. The selection committee will not consider applications seeking support solely for laboratory work or archival research. While grants are awarded on the basis of scientific merit and exist independent of the National Geographic Society's other divisions, grant recipients are expected to provide National Geographic with rights of first refusal for popular publication of their findings.

Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees to be eligible for funding, though they will be required to show a commensurate level of expertise and experience. Applicants must have an affiliation with an educational organization or other institution.

National Geographic Society/Waitt grants are awarded on a rolling basis and range from U.S. $5,000-$15,000. There is no set quantity of grants awarded, but budget constraints keep the number to approximately a hundred per year.

This grant program does not pay educational tuition, nor does it offer scholarships or fellowships of any kind. National Geographic Society grants may not be used for indirect costs, overhead, and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries. Funds may not be used for travel to scientific/professional meetings or conferences, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of permanent field stations, or publishing research results. Tuition costs are not allowable.

Science and Exploration in Asia

In order to be considered for funding, the applicant must be a legal resident of Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, or Vietnam.

National Geographic’s research grants must have hypothesis-based scientific research as a primary focus and are awarded based on potential for new advances in field sciences. All proposed projects must have a geographical dimension and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology (including fields such as botany, behavioral ecology, and zoology), geography, geology, oceanography, and paleontology. In addition, the scientific advisory committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures)..

Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and be associated with an educational organization or institution. Researchers planning fieldwork outside of Asia should include at least one local collaborator as part of their fieldwork team.

While grant amounts vary greatly, the average award is U.S. $30,000.

Graduate Student Research Awards
Deadline: February annually

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) funds marine research to improve understanding of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, and Chukchi/Beaufort Seas. NPRB-funded research informs effective management and sustainable use of vital marine resources. Qualified masters and doctoral students may apply for one of six or more awards of US$25,000 each.

Academic Scholarships Program
Deadline: early March annually

The OAS offers academic scholarships for study or research at the Master’s or PhD level that lead to a degree at a university or educational institution in an OAS Member State, except within Canada (the nominating country). Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada. Value: The value of the scholarship is US$30,000 (maximum) per academic year.

Graduate Fellowships
Deadline: not available for 2016

Graduate Fellowships are available on an annual basis to outstanding Masters and PhD students at the Institute's four collaborating universities: University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria. Fellowships are valued at $18,500 per year for Masters students and $21,000 per year for PhD students.

Scholarship Awards
Deadline: April 1

These grants are intended to promote and encourage the scientific study of Pacific Northwest molluscan life – marine, freshwater and terrestrial. A candidate must be a currently enrolled graduate student, a post-doctoral researcher or a supervised third or fourth year undergraduate student at a university or college located within one of the United States Pacific Northwest coastal states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, or of the Canadian Province of British Columbia. They must be actively pursuing a project of merit that is in keeping with the purpose of the grant. The research should be malacological in nature and advance our understanding of mollusks or their role in their environment. Value: The amount of individual scholarship awards may vary, depending upon the merits of the project, the number of worthy applicants and the current financial holdings of the club. No award will exceed US$1500.

Keystone Grants
Deadline: May 31

The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is committed to protecting our oceans by funding and supporting research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. Only projects concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras) will be considered. The funding cycle is biennial, with the grant application window opening in even years (2016, 2018, 2020, etc.), and the grant covering the period from March 2017 to June 2018, for example. Funds are allocated on an annual basis, with the option to apply for continued funding every year. The usual project duration is limited to three years. Grants average $25,000 USD per annum.

Small Grants
Deadline: May 31

This grant is designed for short (12- to 18-month) and small (grants average US$5,000) projects dedicated to early career scientists (within five years of a degree being awarded). Aimed at original and innovative start-up projects, the grant presents early career scientists, conservationists or educators with an opportunity to prove themselves. It targets local projects conducted by local project leaders. Whether or not the project is part of a larger endeavour, SOSF Small Grants are for specific and finite projects. Only projects concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras) will be considered.

Graduate Student Award of Merit
Deadline: January 2017

At least three awards, each in the amount of $3000, will be awarded annually to the women graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic records. Eligibility rotates within a designated region: Western provinces are eligible for 2017. Each university in the designated region may nominate, through the Dean of Graduate Studies or her/his delegate, one person for the award.

SWAAC Student Leadership Award
Deadline: January 2018

Women who have completed a prior credential at either the college or university level and are registered at any Member Institution of CIC (Colleges and Institutes Canada) within a designated region are eligible to be nominated. Eligibility rotates within a designated region: Western provinces are eligible for 2018. Each college in the designated region may nominate, through the Vice-President Academic or her/his delegate, one person for the award.

Canadian Women Graduate Students
Deadline: January 2017

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers which will improve the quality of women's lives.

W. Garfield Weston Fellowship Program

With generous support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, WCS Canada is able to award annual fellowships to graduate students to support field research relevant to WCS Canada’s conservation objectives at our two long-term conservation sites: the boreal region of northern Ontario (IOF relevance: research on lake sturgeon and "thriving populations of iconic fish") and the northern boreal mountains of Yukon and British Columbia (IOF relevance: "longest-distance migration of salmon in the world").

Russell E. Train Fellowships

Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree.