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Audubon’s Apacheria Fellowship Program

Purpose of the Apacheria Fellowship Program:
Provide support for research compatible with the mission of The Research Ranch:

Mission Statement: To be a living laboratory to determine and demonstrate methods to safeguard and restore southwestern grasslands, and to assist policy makers and other citizens in the care and protection of our native ecosystems, natural resources, and quality of life.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled full time in an accredited college or university.

Awards: Range from $500 - $2,500. Support for this program is through income earned by an endowment established specifically for these fellowships and from direct contributions.

Renewals: Awards are not automatically renewed, but successful applicants are encouraged to re-apply in successive years.

Award schedule: The award will be paid in two installments; half of the money will be available upon notification of the award, and the final payment will be made upon receipt of a final report summarizing results of the work conducted during the award period.

Application process: One page cover letter introducing project and:

  • Research proposal limited to three pages (double-spaced) that clearly outlines the purpose, significance, methods, and expected products of the research. This proposal should include proposed budget, timeline and relevant bibliography.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of endorsement from academic advisor.

Awards will not be limited to projects within the boundaries of AWRR, but successful applicants will be expected to comply with all conditions associated with conducting research on AWRR. For more about these conditions, see Research Application available here.

Current projects for which we are very interested in funding include:

  • Effects of fire and grazing on recovery of sacaton bottomlands.
  • Effects of habitat features on mortality of trees following fire and drought.
  • Establishment of long-term monitoring protocols and initial data collection for mammals and birds on ecological site transects.
  • Baseline inventories of any of the following taxa: bats, grasshoppers, moths and butterflies, ants.

Applications may be emailed to: Science Co-coordinator for Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society.

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