Friday, December 9, 2016

Global Trees Campaign invites applications for 2016-17 student grants

The Global Trees Campaign is now accepting applications for student grants to support Masters research focused on tree species conservation.
Have you heard more about rhinos than rosewood? Read more papers on elephants than on ebony? Did you know that over 9,600 tree species are threatened with extinction?
Only a small proportion of threatened tree species receive attention from conservation projects. We believe one of the reasons for this is that there are simply not enough conservationists with the training, experience and confidence to focus their efforts on trees. We want to change this, and to do so, we need you!

Building a global network of tree conservationists
For the second year running, the Global Trees Campaign, in collaboration with the Conservation Leadership Programme, is investing in early-career conservationists interested in tree conservation through the implementation of a student grants scheme. From now until 5th February 2017, GTC is accepting applications from Masters level students for support in meeting the costs of a research project addressing a question relevant to the in situconservation of a threatened tree species.
Successful applicants will also be connected to the Conservation Leadership Programme’s alumni network, which supports career development and promotes knowledge and experience sharing between 2,500 conservation leaders based in approximately 100 countries.
Last year GTC supported MSc student Daniela Requena Suarez and her research into Shihuahuaco trees (Dipteryx sp.) in the Peruvian Amazon. In her study of traditional uses of Shihuahuaco trees and their seeds, Daniela uncovered a hitherto unknown seed collecting industry around these species, which presents new and exciting opportunities for future conservation of Shihuahuaco trees.

How to Apply
Students interested in applying for a student grant should review the Call for Proposals document to check their eligibility. For those that are eligible, an application form is available to download from the Global Trees Campaign website.
Prospective applicants who have an existing idea but who are unsure about the best way to develop their research, or are new to tree conservation, are invited to contact the Global Trees Campaign team ( ahead of the deadline for help and advice. The GTC team will be available to provide advice up to 13th January 2017. The deadline for submitting a formal application is Sunday 5th February 2017.

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