Type of Funding
The Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) is inviting graduate students who are young conservation researchers from biological, environmental and geography departments of universities as well as conservation and resource management agencies, to apply for the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2020 at University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, from 24 to 26 March 2020. Bursaries and internships are available for participants from developing countries and Eastern European countries.
The most important part of the 3-day programme will be poster sessions and 15 minute talks by students on any aspect of conservation science. Presentations of work in progress, from a broad range of countries, and from economic and social as well as biological aspects of conservation, will all be welcome. Besides the posters and talks, there will also be workshops, which cover skills such as paper-writing, fund-raising, social science tools. There will be presentations by conservation NGOs and agencies and social events designed to give participants the opportunity to make new contacts in their own and related disciplines.
Students can also apply for the conference internship scheme, known as the Miriam Rothschild Travel Bursary Programme. This is a programme that enables SCCS delegates from developing countries and eastern Europe to spend 1 month after the conference with a UK-based conservation NGO or a university department carrying out a project of mutual interest. The internship can also include attendance at a short course designed to help interns to learn a useful skill.
The internship period has to be for 4 weeks and is expected to begin straight after the conference. No pre-conference internships are allowed. Shorter internships will not be funded. The internship scheme aims to help develop the careers of promising conservation scientists and to strengthen and catalyse north-south collaborations. Applicants need to find their own host conservation organisation or research group in the UK themselves.
The bursary for attending the conference will cover the travel costs of getting to the conference and other costs. The conference fee and accommodation expenses will also be covered.
Those who want to both attend the conference and work on a conservation-related project for 1 month at a UK institution, can apply for Internships.
Prizes will be awarded to posters and talks of outstanding quality and relevance to conservation.
Applicants for the SCCS should be young conservation researchers from biological, environmental and geography departments of universities as well as conservation and resource management agencies.
Only applicants from developing countries and Eastern European countries can apply for bursaries. They must be from Lower Income (LIC), Lower Middle Income (LMC) and Upper Middle Income (UMC) countries (see Official Website for all eligible countries). Bursaries are most likely to be awarded to applicants offering a good quality talk or poster. Priority will be given to students who are from a developing country or eastern Europe and affiliated with an institute in 1 of these countries. Only a limited amount of bursaries are available; so those already based or on a scholarship in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Western Europe or North America, are not eligible to apply. Those applying for bursaries must offer to present a talk or a poster.
Eligible applicants for the internships are students from developing countries and eastern Europe. They must be from Lower Income (LIC), Lower Middle Income (LMC) and Upper Middle Income (UMC) countries (see Official Website for all eligible countries). Those already settled in or on a scholarship in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Western Europe or North America, or any developed (High Income) country, regardless of their country of origin, are not eligible to apply. Candidates can apply for the internships only if they can be in the UK from the middle of March 2020 until the end of April 2020.
Internships and bursaries are most likely to be awarded to applicants offering a good quality talk or poster.
Candidates can apply for a bursary and an internship, but they will not be awarded both.
Applications for the Internships have to be done online by 14 October 2019. Applications for the bursaries are to be done online by 20 October 2019.