OTS Research Fellowship Program

Organization for Tropical Studies


Grant amount: Up to US $4,500

Next deadline: Mar 1, 2018

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2018

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Costa Rica

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

These awards are intended to assist thesis-related field research in tropical biology and similar fields. 

Thesis research fellowships are available in amounts up to a maximum of $4,550 in 2016. This amount is intended to cover up to 50 days at OTS field stations plus $700 in airfare or other permissible expenses.

Pilot awards for exploratory research are available in amounts up to a maximum of $2,625 in 2016. This amount is intended to cover up to 25 days at OTS field stations plus $700 in airfare or other permissible expenses.

Several named awards are described below.  Applicants need not specify the award for which they are applying.

Donald & Beverly Stone Endowment

This endowment was created to honor Don and Bev Stone for more than 20 years of service with the Organization for Tropical Studies. Don served as the Executive Director and Bev as the Administrative Assistant from 1976 to 1996 and during that time built OTS from a small organization to a large consortium of over 50 universities. The endowment was funded with gifts from numerous OTS friends (matched in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) to recognize Don and Bev for the tremendous advances that they helped promote in the fields of tropical biology.

Fellowships awarded from the Stone Endowment are open to all fields of inquiry and include the following named fellowships:

William L. Brown Fellowship — The fellowship was created by the family and friends of William Brown, a distinguished entomologist at Cornell University, ant systematist and evolutionary biologist, who conducted research at the La Selva Biological Station.

David and Deborah Clark Fellowship — A fellowship established by the JiJi Foundation in recognition of the pioneering work undertaken by Drs. Deborah and David Clark at the OTS La Selva Biological Station.

Rexford Daubenmire Fellowship — The fellowship was created in memory of Rexford Daubenmire (1909-1995) by his wife Jean Daubenmire. Dr. Daubenmire was a widely-recognized expert in plant ecology and professor of botany at the University of Idaho and Washington State University. He taught on early OTS field courses.

Dole Food Fellowship — The fellowship is funded by Dole Food Company in Costa Rica. Dole Food produces more than 150 products, including bananas and pineapples, marketed worldwide. Dole is a long-time supporter of OTS.

Emily P. Foster Fellowship — The fellowship was created by the family and friends of Emily Foster (1967-1994) as a memorial to her life. Emily treasured the beauty and wonder of the Costa Rican biodiversity and the generosity of the Costa Rican people. Emily worked in Costa Rica for a number of years before her untimely death at the age of 27.

Lillian and Murray Slatkin Fellowship — A research fellowship established by Joan Slatkin Barton in honor of her parents. Ms. Barton was a member of the OTS Board of Visitors from 1994 until 2003.

F. Christian and Betty Thompson Fellowship — A research fellowship established by F. Christian and Betty Thompson of Kingstowne, Virginia.

Christiane and Christopher Tyson Fellowship — A research fellowship established by Christiane and Christopher Tyson for U.S. and Latin American graduate students. Christiane and Christopher Tyson have been involved with the OTS Board of Visitors since 2001.

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

Eligibility:

  • OTS graduate research funds are limited.
  • Most awards will be restricted to OTS field stations (La Selva, Palo Verde, and Las Cruces).
  • Only one research award may be held at a time.
  • Awards are intended primarily to cover station fees at OTS field stations (food, lodging and station access) which will be charged at the full standard rate, currently overnight $77 (2016) and day visit $39 (2016).
    • Other expenses that may be included in your budget, to a maximum of $700, are research and export permit fees, local travel, and reimbursement in whole or in part of one round trip airline ticket. 

Ineligibility:

  • Major capital equipment will not be covered; minor amounts of materials and supplies may be considered, but are best covered by other sources of funds.
  • Salaries or stipends for the investigator are not allowed, but salaries for field assistants will be considered if the work cannot be carried out safely or efficiently by one person.
  • Proposals for research at other sites will not be considered.