The Center for Tropical Forest Science – Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) research grant is available for international and home students for projects associated with the CTFS-Forest GEO network of Forest Dynamics Sites. These grants are provided for pursuing research projects in the USA.
The aim of the grant is to provide opportunities for senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to use existing Forest Dynamics Sites and conduct research in collaboration with scientists currently associated with these sites.
The Center for Tropical Forest Science and Forest Global Earth Observatories (CTFS-ForestGEO) are a unified, global network of forest research plots and scientists dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The multi-institutional network comprises over 60 forest research plots across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, with a strong focus on tropical regions.
Degree Level: These grants are available to pursue research.
Available Subject: These grants are available on the subject of Forest Dynamics Sites.
Scholarship Benefits: The grant will cover $2,000-$15,000 USD.
- Funding is restricted to expenses directly related to field research, laboratory research, and data analysis. Examples of eligible expenses include travel, living expenses during fieldwork, supplies, research assistance, and publication fees.
- Funding is not available for salary and/or fringe benefits of the applicant, indirect costs for institutional support, undergraduate or graduate study costs (e.g., tuition, textbooks, fees), non-project personnel, or travel to meetings.
Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the scholarship:
- Anyone working directly in a CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Site, analyzing site data, or generating complementary data that strengthens CTFS-ForestGEO programs is eligible to apply.
- Priority will be given to early-career researchers or researchers with less access to other institutional funds. Priority will be given to projects that include multiple sites or include a strong educational component.
- In rare cases, highly advanced undergraduate students will be considered. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
Eligible Nationalities: Applicants of all nationalities can apply for this grant.
Application Procedure: Applicants can apply via online mode.
- One single PDF document with information in the following order:
- Applicant name
- A research proposal (1000-word limit, research proposals that exceed 1000 words will be disqualified). The research proposal should include:
- Description of the proposed research that includes the relevance to one or more of the Forest Dynamics Sites
- Research objectives, including clearly stated hypotheses and expected significance
- Research plan, including detailed methods
- Anticipated outcomes
- Broader significance of the research to the discipline
- How the proposal building scientific capacity through education
- References (not included in the word limit)
- A list of project collaborators. For students and postdoctoral research, this includes an advisor. Host-country collaborators are strongly recommended.
- Proof that the applicant has contacted site Principal Investigators BEFORE submitting a proposal (e.g., through inclusion of email correspondence).
- A Curriculum Vitae (limit 2 pages), including the applicant’s contact information, educational background, current and previous fellowships and grants, and research interests.
- A detailed budget and project timeline. The budget should include all costs related to carrying out the proposed research. See the above Budget Information for expenses that can be included in the proposal. Include a budget justification for any unclear expenses. A timeline with the schedule for proposed research activities should be included.
Deadline: The application deadline is April 21, 2017.