OTS Research Fellowship Program

Organization for Tropical Studies


Grant amount: Up to US $5,200

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 1, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Costa Rica

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

General Information

Pilot awards for exploratory research are available in amounts up to a maximum of $2,600 in 2018. This amount is intended to cover up to 30 days at OTS field stations plus up to $170 toward OTS services to obtain research/export permits.

Thesis research fellowships are available in amounts up to a maximum of $5,200 in 2018. This amount is intended to cover up to 60 days at OTS field stations plus up to $340 toward OTS services to obtain research/export permits.

OTS graduate research funds are limited. Most awards will be restricted to OTS field stations in Costa Rica (La Selva, Palo Verde, and Las Cruces)

Awards for research in Costa Rica 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 $81 (2018) and day visit $41 (2018). Other expenses that may be included in your budget, to a maximum of $170 for pilot and $340 for thesis awards, are to be applied to research and export permit fees, obtained through services provided by OTS. 

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

Donald & Beverly Stone Endowment

The Donald and Beverly Stone Fellowship was created to honor Donald and Beverly Stone for their 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 Donald and Beverly Stone Graduate Fellowship was established by OTS alumni and friends to recognize Don and Bev for the tremendous advances that they helped promote in the fields of tropical biology.

William L. Brown Fellowship

The William Brown Fellowship was created by the family and friends of William Brown, a distinguished entomologist at Cornell University, who conducted research at the La Selva Research 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 Research Station.

Rexford Daubenmire Fellowship

The Daubenmire 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.

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 Emily Foster 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.

Glaxo Centro America Fellowships 

This fellowship was established by Glaxo Centro América. Now part of GlaxoSmithKline, an international pharmaceutical company with offices throughout Latin America, Glaxo Centro America recognized the importance of providing research support for Latin American graduate students.

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:

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

Ineligibility:

  • Proposals for research at other sites will not be considered.
  • Researchers must find outside resources to cover international and local travel expenses.
  • Research equipment, materials and supplies will not be covered.
  • Salaries or stipends for the investigator or assistants are not allowed, but researchers may apply station fees to their field assistants if the work cannot be carried out safely or efficiently by one person.