Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards

Animal Welfare Institute

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Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Mexico, United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is now accepting applications for its 2018 Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards. This award program, named in honor of the organization’s late founder and president, provides grants of up to $15,000 to recipients to help spur innovative research on humane, nonlethal tools and techniques for wildlife conflict management and for studying wildlife. 

  • A grant program to fund innovative strategies for humane, nonlethal wildlife conflict management and study.

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 the encounter involves coyotes, deer, Canada geese, bears, exotic species, or a host of other animals. Though improved techniques to address some situations have been developed, more are needed. Similarly, methodologies used to study wildlife need to be humane.

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, the study must be conducted within the United States, Canada, and/or Mexico.


  • Studies using new methodologies or involving 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.