Some sources for grants in support of tropical research (click here for Excel file)

In addition, UCSC provides a web page of resources for Graduate Student Fellowship and Grant Opportunities.

Grant Title
Grant Organization
Due Date
International Fellowships Program Ford Foundation 3-yrs graduate study 3/15 INTERNATIONAL
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree. Fellows are selected from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia, where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs.
Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants American Museum of Natural History $200-$2000 11/15 TROPICAL, BIRDS
The Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants support and foster research in ornithology, both neontological and paleontological.
Lerner Gray Grants for Marine Research American Museum of Natural History $200-$2000 3/15 MARINE
The Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research provide financial assistance to highly qualified persons starting careers in marine zoology. Support is limited to projects dealing with systematics, evolution, ecology and field-oriented behavioral studies of marine animals. Awards are not made to support research in botany and biochemistry.
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants American Museum of Natural History $200-$2000 2/15 WILDLIFE
The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants offer financial support to individuals for research on North American fauna in any phase of wildlife conservation or natural history related to the activities of the American Museum. Projects dealing with ornithology should be submitted to the Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants.
AOU Research Awards American Ornithological Union $1800 1/31 BIRDS
The Josselyn Van Tyne Memorial Research Fund, Alexander Wetmore Memorial Research Fund, Margaret Morse Nice Fund, Donald L. Bleitz Fund, Herbert and Betty Carnes Fund, and AOU Research Grants Fund were established to provide research funds for student members of the American Ornithologists' Union or other members without access to funds from major granting agencies. The Van Tyne, Bleitz, and Research Grants funds provide support for research in all areas of avian biology. The Wetmore Memorial Fund supports research in avian systematics, paleo-ornithology, biogeography, and neotropical biology. The Margaret Morse Nice Fund is designated to encourage ornithological research by female graduate students. In addition, research awards from the Carnes bequest to the AOU are available. As stipulated in Betty Carnes' will, recipients of this award must be females and non-smokers (i.e., have not smoked for at least the previous six months).
Mewaldt-King Student Research Award Cooper Ornithological Society $1000 1/15 BIRDS
The two $1000 awards are designated, in the memory of L. Richard Mewaldt and James R. King, to support research that relates to the conservation of birds. Research may be in any area of ornithology, but studies that involve demographics, breeding biology, or dispersal biology may be particularly relevant, especially if the species is endangered, threatened, or otherwise "sensitive." Studies of species from threatened ecosystems (e.g. old growth forest, wetlands) are also of particular interest.
Louis Agassiz Fuertes Award Wilson Ornithological Society $2500 1/15 BIRDS
The Wilson Society's most prestigious award is available to all ornithologists, although graduate students and young professionals are preferred. Any avian research is eligible.
Paul A. Stewart Award Wilson Ornithological Society $500 1/15 BIRDS
Preference will be given to proposals for studies of bird movements based on banding, analysis of recoveries and returns of banded birds (including stable isotope analysis), with an emphasis on economic ornithology.
Grants-In-Aid of Research Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society $1000 10/15, 3/15 SCIENCE
The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.
Exploration Fund Grants Explorers Club $5000 1/31 FIELD RESEARCH
The Exploration Fund of The Explorers Club provides grants in support of exploration and field research.
Kathleen S. Anderson Award Manomet Bird Observatory $1000 12/1 BIRDS
Requests for support of ecological and behavioral studies of birds, especially research furthering bird conservation, will be considered (e.g. endangered or endemic species, population viability, effects of land uses, habitat requirements, migration ecology, feeding ecology, species interactions, etc.) Proposed projects must take place in the Americas. We encourage proposals from citizens/residents of countries south of the U.S.
Francis M. Peacock Scholarship Garden Club of America/Cornell Lab of Ornithology $4-5000 1/15 BIRDS AND RESTORATION
The Francis M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat grants financial aid ($4-5,000) to an advanced student (college seniors and graduate students) to study areas in the United States that provide winter or summer habitat for threatened or endangered native birds. Awarded by the Garden Club of America, in cooperation with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it offers scholars the opportunity to pursue real habitat-related issues that eventually benefit bird species and lend useful information for management decisions.
Awards in Tropical Botany Garden Club of America $5500 12/31 TROPICAL, PLANTS
The purpose of the Awards in Tropical Botany is to promote the preservation of tropical forsts by enlarging the body of botanists with field experience.
OTS Research Fellowships Organization for Tropical Studies $5000 9/30, 1/15 TROPICAL
Awards are intended to assist thesis-related field research in tropical biology and related fields.
OTS-STRI Fellowships Organization for Tropical Studies $3000 9/30, 1/15 TROPICAL
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) invite proposals for comparative research at OTS facilities in Costa Rica and STRI facilities in Panama.
Graduate Awards Association for Women in Science $1000 1/28 WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social science or engineering program leading to a Ph.D. degree may apply.
David Gaines Memorial Award UCSC Dept. of ENVS/David Gaines Foundation $1000 5/2 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES contact Marissa Maciel
Award for graduate fieldwork which will make a significant contribution to the solution of an environmental problem.
Earthbound Farm Environmental Stewardship Award UCSC Dept. of ENVS $1000 5/2 SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE contact Kristina Loften
Award available to graduate and undergraduate students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Agroecology concentration.
Grants for Scientific Field Research and Exploration National Geographic $15,000-$20,000 ongoing SCIENCE/GEOGRAPHY
The National Geographic Society (NGS) awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE). 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.
Conservation Trust Grants National Geographic $15,000-$20,000 ongoing CONSERVATION
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. Geography is a powerful interdisciplinary science—arguably one of the most powerful disciplines to address conservation. The Trust will thus award projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth’s biological, cultural, and historical resources.
Switzer Fellowship Switzer Foundation $13000 12/6 ACTIVISM
Switzer Fellowship candidates must demonstrate the following: 1) commitment to aggressively pursue and implement effective solutions to improve the quality of our natural environment; Maximum potential for producing an early impact on environmental quality; strong leadership, communication and critical thinking skills; Relevant work or volunteer experience in an environmental field; breadth of skill, creativity and flexibility to effectively bridge the public, private and academic arenas; scientific or technical background.
BP Conservation Awards BP Conservation Program 3-7,000 pounds 10/31 INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION
The project must clearly address a conservation issue of international importance.The project must involve local people and must have clearance from the host government. International project teams are preferred, but teams of entirely one nationality planning to work within their own country are still eligible
American Fellowships Association for American University Women $20,000 11/17 WOMEN IN SCIENCE
American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research
International Fellowships Association for American University Women $20,000 12/16 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN SCIENCE
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported.
Small Grants Program American Bird Conservancy $5000 10/1 TROPICAL, BIRDS
Provides support for projects benefiting avian conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean, in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Priorities include conservation and research actions for threatened species and habitats, and training and environmental education.
ABS Student Research Grants Animal Behavior Society $500-$1000 1/25 WILDLIFE
Must be member of Animal Behavior Society to apply.
Developing Nations Research Grant Animal Behavior Society $700 1/10 TROPICAL, WILDLIFE
The Animal Behavior Society announces the sixth annual Developing Nations Research Grant Competition. The funds are intended to provide financial support for scientific studies of animal behavior conducted by current members of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS). Applications are invited from student members as well as more established members of the research community. Only members of the Animal Behavior Society who are residents of a developing nation and are conducting research at an institution in a developing nation are eligible to apply (please note that student members of ABS are also eligible to apply for the annual Student Research Grants Competition). The following nations shall not be considered as developing nations: the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.
AAV Research Grants Association of American Veterinarians $20000 1/13 BIRDS
Pre-proposals for research projects addressing clinical aspects of exotic and wild birds, including diagnostic tests, drug doses, practice management, and conservation, are now being accepted for consideration for funding by the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Clark Frazier Memorial Small Grants Center for the Study of Tropical Birds, Inc. $500-$1000 ongoing TROPICAL, BIRDS
Grants must do two or more of the following: Have conservation value, involve local people, contain an educational element, involve resident, endangered, threatened, or vulnerable species
Lincoln Park Zoo Field Conservation Funds Lincoln Park Zoo $3-6,000 10/31 INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE
The emphasis of the funds is to support new conservation initiatives focused on projects that have: direct impact on wildlife conservation and/or conservation biology; direct participation by graduate students, undergraduate students, or wildlife managers that enhance their educational experience and improve their opportunities for careers in wildlife management, conservation biology, or conservation policy;involvement by students and/or local field assistants from Latin America, Africa, or Asia at levels that engender appreciation for wildlife conservation; links to either the Lincoln Park Zoo animal collection or conservation activities of the zoo staff.
Neotropical Bird Club Conservation Award Neotropical Bird Club $500-1500 No Deadline TROPICAL, BIRDS
Grants are available for conservation work or research which may be of conservation benefit.
Harry J. Larsen/Hydro Memorial Scholarship American Society of Agronomy $5000 2/28 SOILS, CROP PRODUCTION
Larsen/Hydro Scholarship is provided to a meritorious graduate student in practical soil fertility and crop production.
Center for Tropical Forest Science Research Grants Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute $3-15,000 8/29, 2/27 TROPICAL, PLANTS
the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in conjunction with scientific collaborators around the world, has undertaken a series of comparative, long-term studies of tropical forest diversity and change in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Using data from a global network of field sites, CTFS researchers are answering questions that were impossible to address just a few years ago. They are discovering basic biological principles that explain tropical forest dynamics, while also generating data that resolves critical forest management and conservation concerns
10-Week Graduate Student Fellowship Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute 10 weeks 1/15 TROPICAL, SCIENCE
For students engaged in graduate studies at any level to carry out research for 10 weeks under the guidance of a Smithsonian staff member
Pre-doctoral Fellowship Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute 3-12 months 1/15 TROPICAL, SCIENCE
For investigators who have completed preliminary course work and examinations for the Ph.D. and are engaged in dissertation research, to conduct a research project of 3 to 12 months duration under the guidance of a Smithsonian staff member.
Post-doctoral Fellowship Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute 3-12 months 1/15 TROPICAL, SCIENCE (postdoc)
For investigators who have completed the doctoral degree less than seven years before the application deadline to conduct research for 3 to 12 months at the Smithsonian.
Short Term Fellowships Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute 3 months 2/15, 5/15, 8/15, 11/15 TROPICAL, SCIENCE
Support is provided to carry out short-term research projects in the tropics in areas of STRI research and under the supervision of Institute staff members. Projects may be exploratory or complete in themselves and their usual duration is 3 months. The majority of these fellowships are awarded to graduate students, but awards are occasionally made to undergraduates and postdoctoral candidates
3-year Tupper Post Doctoral Fellowship in Tropical Biology Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute 3 years 1/15 TROPICAL, SCIENCE (postdoc)
Support is provided for a postdoctoral investigator to conduct a three year project on a subject related to STRI research interests. The successful candidate is expected to reside in the Republic of Panama and base his/her study at STRI research facilities. Proposals that include a component to work in other tropical nations will also be considered
Student Scholarship Program Bat Conservation International, Inc. $1000-$2500 12/16 BATS
The goal of this program is to support exceptionally talented students in research initiatives that will contribute new knowledge essential to conserving bats and the ecosystems they serve
Grant Program American Wildlife Research Foundation $2000 2/1, 8/1 SCIENCE
Open to researchers in the fields of natural resources, ecology and evolutionary biology, animal science, geological sciences, plant biology, soil, crop, and atmospheric sciences, and related fields.
E. Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Research Award Association of Field Ornithologists $1500 2/15 TROPICAL, BIRDS
To promote field studies of birds, by helping to support a specific research or analysis project
Research Grants Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund $1000 5/30 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Supports conservation programs that protect threatened wildlife and habitats worldwide. Field studies and other projects that demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and projects that involve in-country collaborators receive the highest funding priority
Elaine Souza Fellowship for Medicinal Plant Research in Brazil Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation $15,000/yr, 3 years 2/15 BRAZIL, BIODIVERSITY
Research-ecologically sound alternatives to loss biodiversity caused by rainforest destruction in Brazil.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association and Carl Zeiss Optical, Inc. Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation $2000 11/15 RAPTORS
The award will be granted on the basis of a project's potential to improve understanding of raptor biology and its ultimate relevance to conservation of raptor populations.
Research Grants Lindbergh Foundation $10,580 6/15 TECHNOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT
Support for projects which further the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment.
Research Grants PADI Foundation $5000-$10,000 2/15 AQUATIC RESEARCH
The PADI FOUNDATION encourages and supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that will enrich mankind's understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to and protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life.  
Raptor Research Foundation, Inc., Stephen R. Tully Memorial Grant Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation $500 9/10 RAPTORS
Research, management, and conservation of birds of prey.
Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science, Inc. Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation $1500-$4000 12/1 WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Research grants for female graduate students and post-doctorates.
Development and Risk Summer Research Grants Social Science Research Council $5000 5/15, 6/15 DEVELOPMENT
Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of summer or fall field research projects focusing on risk in the context of economic development.
International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships (IDRF Social Science Research Council $17,000 July SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) program provides support for social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world.
Kenneth E. Grant Research Scholarship Soil and Water Conservation Society $1300 2/12 URBAN CONSERVATION
The Kenneth E. Grant Scholarship provides financial aid to members of SWCS for graduate-level research on a specific urban conservation topic that will extend the SWCS mission of fostering the science and the art of soil, water, and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability. SWCS actively promotes multi disciplinary research.
Melville H. Cohee Student Leader Conservation Scholarships Soil and Water Conservation Society $1000 2/12 CONSERVATION
The Melville H. Cohee Student Leader Conservation Scholarship provides financial assistance to members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society who are in their junior or senior year of full-time undergraduate study or are pursuing graduate level studies with a natural resource conservation orientation at properly accredited colleges or universities.
ELP Fellowship Environmental Leadership Program $2000+ training 10/1 ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP
The ELP Fellowship is an innovative national program designed to build the leadership capacity of the environmental field's most promising emerging professionals from the United States
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation $12,000-16,000 2/3 GLOBAL CONFLICT/COOPERATION
These fellowships are open to graduate students from all disciplines whose dissertation level research addresses causes of international conflict and opportunities for international cooperation.
Fulbright Fellowships Institute of International Education one year 9/29 RESEARCH/TRAVEL
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career-launching study and research abroad
Dissertation Fellowships Lincoln Institute of Land Policy $10,000 3/1 LAND POLICY
The Lincoln Institute offers annual dissertation fellowships which provide financial support to students of land policy at different stages of their academic careers. As recipients of a Lincoln Institute fellowship, students contribute to the tax and land policy knowledge base and develop ideas that guide policy makers throughout the world.
Fulbright-OAS Ecology Initiative Fulbright and LASPAU 2 years graduate study July ENVIRONMENT IN LATIN AMERICA
The program offers grants to individuals from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada for master’s and doctoral level study at U.S. universities. Grantees in the natural sciences, social sciences, and public policy study multidisciplinary approaches to environmental preservation and sustainable development. The goal of the initiative is to develop a well-prepared cadre of environmental professionals who, upon completion of their studies, will return to their institutions to share their expertise with colleagues while maintaining contact with each other.
Pacific Rim Research Program Center for Global, International and Regional Studies $3,000-$45,000 11/22 PACIFIC RIM
Priorities are: (1) research undertaken collaboratively with colleagues in other disciplines, other UC campuses, and other institutions, especially those abroad; (2) research that compares phenomena across national boundaries, or deals with interactions or flows between nations; and (3) research that looks at common problems affecting the whole of the Pacific Rim Region.