Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards

Animal Welfare Institute

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: May 5, 2018

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Mexico, United States

Location of residency: Canada, Mexico, United States

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Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards

  • Grants available for innovative strategies for humane, nonlethal wildlife management and improved methods of wildlife study

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards. This award program, named in honor of the organization’s late founder and president for over 50 years, provides grants of up to $10,000 to award recipients to help spur innovative research on humane, nonlethal tools and techniques for wildlife conflict management and for studying wildlife.

Habitat destruction and degradation, urban and suburban sprawl, and ongoing challenges posed by invasive species make conflicts between wildlife and humans inevitable. Homeowners, property managers, and biologists need effective strategies to deal with conflicts—whether they involve coyotes, deer, geese, bears, exotic species, or other animals. Scientists also need new tools to humanely study wildlife.

Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens has long been called the “Mother of the Animal Protection Movement” in America. For over half a century, she dedicated her life to reducing animal suffering both here and abroad. In the words of Dr. Jane Goodall: “Christine Stevens was a giant voice for animal welfare. Passionate, yet always reasoned, she took up one cause after another and she never gave up. Millions of animals are better off because of Christine’s quiet and very effective advocacy.”

Christine founded the Animal Welfare Institute to end the cruel treatment of animals in experimental laboratories. Inevitably, her work expanded to take on other animal welfare causes, including: preventing animal extinctions and reforming methods used to raise animals for food, banning steel-jaw leghold traps, ending commercial whaling, and much more. Mrs. Stevens supported wildlife management programs that were "win-win" situations—such as highway underpasses to facilitate wildlife movements, wildlife birth control, beaver bafflers to minimize or prevent beaver-caused flooding, and perching platforms that protect raptors from electrocution.

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


  • To qualify for the award, applicants must be based in and the study must be conducted within the United States, Canada, and/or Mexico. 


  • Studies using new methodologies or that involve the innovative use of existing technologies are particularly welcome.


  • Previous award winners do not qualify for a new award for the same study in consecutive years.