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Birding Groups and Wildlife Societies

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The world is fortunate to have people who are deeply passionate about birds, wildlife, and habitat conservation – sometimes through professional interests, and other times as amateurs.

Numerous societies, associations, and networks connect persons who share such interests.  Quite a few of them are grant makers, and many operate internationally.

Each organization below makes grants at the international level in one or more of its programs.  We make no effort to distinguish professional groups from amateur groups.  Eligibility for some categories of grants is restricted to members; other grants are open to a wider set of applicants.  Many grants are for university students and young professionals.    

Note: The Terra Viva Grants Directory also offers  short profiles of Zoos, Botanic Gardens, and Museums.

African Bird Club

ABC Conservation Program — three application deadlines per year

The African Bird Club is represented in the UK and over 30 other countries, mainly in Africa.

  • The ABC Conservation Awards support small and medium-sized bird conservation projects in Africa for training courses, research on threatened species, and promotion of conservation and environmental awareness Applicants should be resident in Africa. The maximum grant is £2,000.
  • The ABC Expedition Awards take place within continental Africa or adjacent islands, with a strong focus on conservation and birds. Expeditions can originate inside or outside of Africa. Expedition grants are up to £3,000.

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American Ornithologists Union 

AOU Awards – application deadlines vary with each type of award 

AOU offers several categories of awards, including research support for students and post-doctoral researchers in avian biology. It also makes capacity-building grants to support Latin American students enrolled in Latin American universities.

  • AOU research grants are limited to US$2,500.
  • Grants for Latin American students are US$1,000 to US$2,000 for one year.

Grant seekers should review the other award categories.

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American Society of Mammalogists

Research Grants and Awards – application deadlines vary by program area

The ASM makes grants in several categories to support research of students and young professionals, including in Africa and Latin America.

  • The Latin American Student Field Research award supports field projects by Latin American graduate students (grants are US$1,500).
  • The Oliver P. Pearson award supports young professionals who hold academic positions in Latin American institutions (grants are up to US$5,000).
  • The Africa Graduate Student Research awards are made to African nationals pursuing graduate degrees (grants are US$1,500).

Other ASM grant programs may also be relevant.

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American Society of Primatologists

Grants and Awards for Research and Conservation – application deadlines vary by program area

ASP’s Research Grants are for capacity building, start-up funds, supplementary funding for students, and innovations in animal care and research technology.

  • Most Research Grants are awarded to university students for international projects. Research Grants are up to US$1,500 for one year. There are no restrictions by nationality.
  • Conservation Awards and Grants support field projects in countries of primate habitat. Conservation Awards are US$750, and Conservation Small Grants are up to US$2,000. There are no restrictions by nationality.

ASP also offers scholarships, legacy awards, student awards, and awards for recognition and service.

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Amphibian Ark

Seed Grants for Small Start-Up Rescue Projects – annual application deadline

Amphibian Ark (AArk) offers seed grants help fund start-up projects for ex situ amphibian conservation in native range countries. The focus is on threatened and endangered species needing conservation at the global level.

  • Applicants are organizations such as zoos, research institutes, universities, etc. in any country.
  • Grants are for US$5,000.

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Amphibian Survival Alliance

Leapfrog Conservation Fund – applications may be submitted at any time

The Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) is a consortium of organizations worldwide to protect amphibians and their habitats. Grant opportunities in association with the ASA include the Leapfrog Conservation Fund.

ASA posts funding guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Fund. There are no funding request limits or deadlines for submission.

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Animal Behavior Society

Grants and Awards – annual application deadline

The ABS is a nonprofit scientific society with worldwide membership; most current members are in North, Central, and South America. ABS offers Student Research Grants; Developing Nations Research Grants; Latin America Travel Awards; and several other grants and awards.

  • Student Research Grants range from US$500 to US$2,000 each. Applicants must be enrolled in graduate university programs, and must be ABS members.
  • Developing Nations Research Grants fund studies of animal behavior by graduate students and established research professionals. Applicants are graduate students as well as established researchers who reside and conduct research in an institution in a developing country.
  • Latin America Travel Awards help Latin Americans to participate in ABS meetings. Awards vary according to funds available.

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Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund

Conservation Projects — annual application deadline

Administered by WWF in Hong Kong, the Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund provides financial support to waterbird conservation projects in the East Asia – Australasian Flyway.

  • The Fund supports groups such as NGOs and community organizations, and academic and research institutes.
  • Grants do not exceed US$5,000 per project.

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Association of Avian Veterinarians

AAV Research Grants – annual application deadline

The AAV makes research grants that address clinical aspects of exotic and wild birds (diagnostic tests, drug doses, practice management, and conservation).

  • Past grants include many on tropical bird species.
  • Grants are limited to US$10 thousand per project for companion bird research, and US$5 thousand for research on the health of wild birds.

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Association of Field Ornithologists

Grants and Awards – annual application deadline

The Association of Field Ornithologists offers grants for field studies of birds through the Bergstrom Research Award and the Skutch Research Award.

The Bergstrom Award is for work in North America and Latin America; the Skutch Award is for work in Latin America. Grants are made to students, amateurs, and professional ornithologists (see specific eligibility criteria for each Award).

The Bergstrom award is up to US$1,500. The Skutch award is up to US$10,000.

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Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians

ARAV Research and Conservation Grant — annual application deadline

The ARAV makes small grants to support clinically-oriented and/or conservation research projects involving reptiles and/or amphibians.

  • Proposals submitted by ARAV members will be given priority
  • Typical awards are in the range of US$2,000 to US$3,000.

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Atlantic Whale Foundation

Grants for Cetacean Education, Research, and Conservation– annual application deadline

The Atlantic Whale Foundation provides awards and grants to individuals and organizations contributing to the protection of whales and dolphins across the Atlantic Oceans.
  • The Foundation offers cash awards and non-cash awards (of equipment and publicity)
  • The maximum cash award is €5,000.

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Audubon Naturalist Society

Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund — annual application deadline

The Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund supports small local conservation and/or education projects in developing countries. Grants are seed money to communities and individuals whose projects have not attracted major support from other sources.

  • Applicants from countries other than the USA are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. researchers must have at least one local collaborator and consider how the project will benefit the local communities.
  • Grants are a maximum of US$2,000 for up to one year.

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Bat Conservation International

Grants and Scholarships – application deadlines vary by program

BCI offers grants and scholarships for bat research and conservation. Grants are to university students, conservation organizations, and individual researchers/conservationists.

  • Grant seekers consult the calls for proposals to learn about current opportunities.

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Birdfair and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds — annual application deadline

The British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) jointly provide small grants for research on birds listed by IUCN as “endangered,” “critically endangered,” or “data deficient.”

  • Priority is for researchers working in their own countries, particularly in collaboration with BirdLife’s partners.
  • The maximum grant is US$2 thousand, with preference for smaller requests.

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British Herpetological Society

BHS Student Grants and Conservation Fund — two application deadlines per year

The BHS offers small grants to university students in any country to support fieldwork and other research costs in herpetology.

  • Student grants normally do not exceed £300.  Priority is for grants in countries where funding is relatively difficult to obtain.
  • Applicants do not have to be BHS members, although this is encouraged.

Additionally, the BHS administers a Conservation Fund for purchasing sites and managing habitat for amphibian and reptile conservation.

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British Ornithologists Union

BOU Research Grants – annual application deadline

BOU makes research grants on any aspect of ornithology in the UK and internationally.

  • Small Research Grants: Grants are up to £2,000 to support small projects outright, and partly fund medium-sized programs. Applicants are amateurs and professionals in the UK and other countries.
  • Career Development Bursaries: BOU supports short-term research support for young or early-career ornithologists between a first and higher degree, or immediately after completion of a higher degree. Awards of up to £2,500 support 6-10 weeks of work on a scientific research project in collaboration with a professional research group. There are no nationality restrictions.

Residents of developing countries can apply without being a BOU member.

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China Birdwatching Network

China Conservation Fund – annual application deadline

The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society established the HKBWS China Conservation Fund to make grants for projects on bird studies and bird watching in China.

  • Application information is in Chinese.
  • Grants are up to HK$10,000.

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Club 300 Foundation for Bird Protection

Grants for Bird Protection – annual application deadline

The Club 300 Foundation for Bird Protection manages a bird protection fund, financed mainly by Swedish bird watchers.

  • The Foundation makes grants for bird conservation worldwide.  There are no nationality restrictions.
  • Maximum grant size is US$5,000.

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Eastern Bird Banding Association

Research Grants Using Banding Techniques and/or Bird Banding Data — annual application deadline

The EBBA gives priority to research being conducted on species that spend at least part of their life cycle in any U.S. state or Canadian province included in EBBA territory. It will also consider projects that are planned for other portions of the United States, North America, or the Western Hemisphere.

  • EBBA particularly encourages research studies that have conservation or management implications.
  • Grants are up to US$1,000.

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Hawk Migration Association of North America

Hawk Watch Fund – annual application deadline

The Hawk Watch Fund makes grants for field studies relating to raptor migration ecology and behavior, population monitoring, and conservation.

  • The geographical scope of grant making is the Americas.
  • Grants are up to US$1,000.

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International Herpetological Symposium

Grants for herpetological research, conservation, and education — annual application deadline

IHS provides financial assistance to individuals and organizations conducting herpetological research, conservation, and education.  Applicants may be anyone from the herpetological community.

  • Subject areas include herpetological natural history, herpetological conservation biology, captive propagation, and herpetological education.
  • Grants are up to US$1,000.

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International Iguana Foundation

Conservation Grants – annual application deadline

IIF promotes and enables iguana conservation through partnerships with scientists, educators, and organizations committed to preserving the Earth’s biodiversity. Priority is for projects contributing to the survival of endangered iguanas and their habitats.

  • IIF gives preference to projects that are part of established conservation programs; that have matching funds; and that have participation from iguana range countries.
  • Most grants are less than US$10,000.

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International Otter Survival Fund

Grants for Otter Conservation — applications may be submitted at any time

IOSF works globally to conserve all 13 species of otter by helping to support scientists and others in practical conservation, education, research, and rescue and rehabilitation.

  • IOSF does not have an application form. Applicants contact IOSF to provide the following information: title of proposal; location; species; aim of project; need for the project; methods; desired achievement; personnel involved and their experience; timetable; budget; and names, organizations, addresses, and contact email of two referees.

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International Primatological Society

Grants for Research and Conservation – annual application deadline

IPS makes grants to support primate care in captivity; primate conservation in the field; conservation education; conservation training; and research.

  • Applicants for the Southwick Award (conservation education) and the Galante Award (education and training) must be residents of habitat countries.
  • Grants are up to US$2,500.

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Neotropical Bird Club

Conservation Fund — applications are reviewed two times each year

The Neotropical Bird Club’s Conservation Fund awards grants to nationals and/or residents of countries in the Neotropics (i.e. the Caribbean region, Central America, and South America).

  • Priority is for research projects that have a conservation focus in relation to globally threatened bird species on IUCN’s global red list.
  • Research grants are US1,500; US$3,000; and US$5,000.

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Neotropical Ornithological Society

Francois Vuilleumier Fund for Research on Neotropical Birds — annual application deadline

The Neotropical Ornithological Society manages the Francois Vuilleumier Fund to make grants for thesis studies of neotropical birds.

  • Eligibility for funding extends to students from Latin America and the Caribbean enrolled in graduate degree programs at institutions in the Neotropical Region.
  • Grants are generally US$500 to US$1,000.

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Oriental Bird Club

OBC Conservation Fund — annual application deadline

OBC’s Conservation Fund encourages studies of globally threatened birds and their habitats in Asia. Grants are made to individuals and institutions. Most grants are to Asian nationals.

  • Small conservation awards are up to £1,500.
  • The OBC also offers special and emergency awards (applications are accepted at any time).

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Ornithological Council

Small Grants for Ornithological Research in Latin America and the Caribbean — annual application deadline

The Ornithological Council makes grants for projects in ornithological research and conservation in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

  • An applicant must be willing to join an OC member society if he/she receives an award and is not already a member.
  • Grants are up to US$10,000.

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Ornithological Society of the Middle East

Conservation and Research Fund – applications are reviewed three times per year

OSME makes research grants to support bird survey, research, and education in the Middle East, the Caucasus region, and Central Asia.

  • Priority is for projects conducted by nationals in the regions of interest.
  • There is no limit on grant size, but most grants are £1,000 to £2,000.

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Pacific Seabird Group

Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund – applications may be submitted at any time

The Pacific Seabird Group is dedicated to the study of Pacific seabirds and their environment. The PSG manages the Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund. The Fund makes grants for conservation of seabirds in the Pacific Ocean, and for expanding seabird expertise in developing countries within or bordering the Pacific Ocean.

  • Priority for grants is to citizens of developing countries in the Pacific region. However, other applicants also qualify for grants under certain circumstances (see explanation on PSG’s website).
  • Most grants are between US$250 and US$2,000.

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Rainforest Biodiversity Group

Small Grant Program – annual application deadline

The Rainforest Biodiversity Group (RBG) is a nonprofit charitable organization in the USA that works for biodiversity conservation, with a focus on habitat for the Great Green Macaw and migratory birds.

RBG makes small grants for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Neotropics. The funding can be used to support scientific research, environmental education, sustainable economic development (e.g., eco-tourism), and other conservation activities.

  • Grants are to university graduate students and nonprofit organizations and associations.
  • There are no nationality restrictions. Grants are up to US$1,500.

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Raptor Research Foundation

Grants and Awards – annual application deadline

The Raptor Research Foundation offers several categories of awards and grants in support of research on raptors, as well as for student recognition and travel.

  • The Leslie Brown Memorial Grant is for research and/or dissemination of information on African birds of prey. There are no nationality restrictions. Grants are up to US$1,400.
  • The Dean Amadon Grant supports work on the distribution and systematics (taxonomy) of raptors worldwide. There are no nationality restrictions. Grants are up to US$1,000.

Other categories of RRF funding may be relevant for international research projects.

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Seabird Group

Small Grants — applications are reviewed twice per year

The Seabird Group awards small grants each year, usually for research projects or censuses. Grants can also support promotion of sea birds to the general public.

  • Applications are considered from any individual or group. Priority is given to Seabird Group members working on Atlantic seabirds.
  • The maximum grant is £500.

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Sirenian International

Grants – preliminary inquiries are accepted at any time, and applications are reviewed twice per year

SI makes small grants to sponsor research, conservation, and education on manatees and/or dugongs. The priority is to support projects in developing countries.

  • Grant recipients include researchers, manatee scientists, university graduate students, and local conservation networks and NGOs.
  • Typical awards are US$500 to US$1,000.

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Snow Leopard Network

Grants for Research and Conservation – annual application deadline

SLN promotes conservation of the endangered snow leopard through collaboration among individuals, organizations, and governments. In support of the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, the SLN manages a grants program.

  • Grant recipients are scientists and educators in the snow leopard range countries; international professionals working closely with (or hosted by) range-country counterparts; and graduate students of many nationalities.
  • Most grants range from US$1,000 to US$8,000.

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Society for Conservation Biology

Marine Conservation Research Small Grants — annual application deadline

The Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section manages the Conservation Small Grants Program to fund worthy conservation projects around the globe.

  • Applicants must be members of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Marine Section.
  • Priority is given to individuals from developing countries, and those working in developing countries.
  • Grants range from US$500 to US$700.

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Society for Marine Mammalogy

Marine Mammal Research – annual application deadline

The Society makes grants for field research on marine mammals in emerging and developing countries. Funds are for the purchase of equipment; travel to field sites; and other fundamental components of conducting research.

  • Preference is for nationals of emerging and developing countries, particularly students and early career researchers, who are conducting research in their home countries. Applications are particularly welcome from nationals of Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, countries of the former USSR, and Latin America.
  • Grants are up to US$1,500.

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Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians

SSAR Grants in Herpetology – annual application deadline

SSAR makes grants to individuals and organizations engaged in herpetological research, education, and conservation at the international level.

  • Grant categories include conservation projects; field research; laboratory research; herpetological education; and travel to field sites. Some grant categories are restricted to SSAR members and students.
  • Grants are US$500.

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Sonoran Joint Venture

Grants for Bird Conservation in USA/Mexico – annual application deadline

Sonoran Joint Ventures supports the SJV Awards Program to fund research and conservation of birds and their habitats in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

  • Grants are intended to promote binational cooperation in habitat management; research; monitoring; education; community involvement; outreach; planning; ecotourism; and professional training.
  • SJV Awards range from US$5,000 to US$10,000.

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Southwestern Association of Naturalists

Student Awards — most have an annual application deadline

The Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN) makes awards to university students for research in natural history.

  • Research grants of up to US$1,000 support any aspect of research on biota of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America.
  • Other categories of awards support students for travel and presentation at SWAN’s annual meetings. The travel awards are given to students enrolled at universities outside the USA.

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Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF Grants — two application deadlines each year

The Turtle Conservation Fund is a consortium of conservation organizations and individuals focusing on the long-term survival of tortoises and freshwater turtles.

  • The Fund makes grants for projects on tortoises and freshwater turtles that are critically endangered or endangered (IUCN’s Red List), or which may be highly threatened but not yet officially classified on the Red List. Grants are to organizations and individuals, especially in developing countries.
  • Grants in the regular program are up to US$5,000.  Seed grants are up to US$1,000.

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Waterbird Society

Research Grants – annual application deadline (grants are not offered in all years)

The Waterbird Society is an international organization of biologists, researchers, conservationists, students, and others interested in the behavior, ecology, and conservation of waterbirds. The Society periodically makes grants for waterbird research.

  • The Nisbet Research Award focuses on research and conservation on terns and gulls.
  • The Kushlan Research Award supports scientific advances in the biology, ecology, and conservation biology of wading birds. Both awards are open to students, professionals, and amateurs worldwide.
  • Grants range from US$1,000 to US$7,000.

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Wilson Ornithological Society

Awards and Research Grants – annual application deadline 

The Wilson Ornithological Society offers several categories of research grants. Applicants may be citizens of any country. Membership in WOS is encouraged, but not required.

  • The Louis Agassiz Fuertes Award is available to all ornithologists, with preference for graduate students and young professionals. The grant amount is US$2,500.
  • The George A. Hall / Harold F. Mayfield Award is for independent non-professional researchers without other access to funds or facilities. The grant amount is US$1,000.
  • The Wilson Ornithological Society Research Grants are for work in any area of ornithology. Two of these awards are limited to research by masters students. The grant amount is US$1,500.
  • The Paul A. Steward Awards are for studies of bird movements based on banding, analysis of recoveries, and returns of banded birds – with emphasis on economic ornithology. The grant amount is US$1,000.

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Last Profile Review

June 2017