Orang Utan Republik Foundation: Lorraine P. Jenkins Memorial Fellowship

Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative

Grant amount: US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Indonesia

Location of residency: Indonesia

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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 Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and Chairman of 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.

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


  • The LPJenkins Fellowship is a competitive award open to all graduate and undergraduate students planning to conduct field research on orangutans, 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.