Orang Utan Republik Foundation: Lorraine P. Jenkins Memorial Fellowship

Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative

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Predicted deadline: May 23, 2022

Grant amount: US $1,000

Fields of work: Primatology Primate Conservation

Applicant type: Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Indonesia

Location of residency: Indonesia


NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this Fellowship will not be awarded in 2020 and 2021. OURF intends to award two LP Jenkins Fellowships of $1,000 in 2022.

Mrs. Lorraine Phyllis Jenkins of Sacramento, California was an elementary school teacher and a long-time supporter of orangutan research.  She encouraged her son Dr. Gary Shapiro, President of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and Chairman of the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative, to enter the field to conduct orangutan research as a graduate student.

Mrs. Jenkins died on November 21, 1997, following a losing battle with cancer. In her memory, the LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship for Orangutan and Rainforest Research (LP Jenkins Fellowship) was created and administered through the Orangutan Foundation International until November 2004, when the OFI Board transferred the LP Jenkins Fellowship to the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative at the request of Dr. Shapiro.

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  • The LPJenkins Fellowship is a competitive award open to all graduate and undergraduate students planning to conduct field research on orangutans or related rainforest or conservation education in Indonesia.
  • Applicants must be students that can show evidence of a valid research permit (if needed) to conduct their proposed study.
    • Applicants should realize that funds will not be disbursed to the Fellowship recipient until he or she show evidence of a valid research permit (if needed) to conduct their proposed study.


  • Proposals focusing on orangutan populations not previously studied will be given greater priority status by the review committee.

This page was last reviewed May 24, 2021 and last updated May 24, 2021