Audubon Apacheria Fellowship

Audubon: Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch

Grant amount: US $500 - US $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Research Ranch is a cooperative partnership among the National Audubon Society, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy, Swift Current Land & Cattle and The Research Ranch Foundation. The Research Ranch lies three miles south of Elgin, and 65 miles southeast of Tucson Arizona. It is surrounded by 5 million acres of semi-desert grassland and forested mountains covering southeastern Arizona and adjacent portions of Mexico and New Mexico. For more than 30 years, the Research Ranch has protected grassland ecosystems through conservation, research, and education.

The purpose of the Apacheria Fellowship Program is to 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.

Support for this program is through income earned by an endowment established specifically for these fellowships and from direct contributions.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


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


  • 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.