Seabird Group Grants

The Seabird Group

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Next deadline: Feb 28, 2021

Later deadlines: Oct 31, 2021

Grant amount: Up to £500

Fields of work: Ornithology Ornithological Conservation

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty, Unaffiliated Researcher, Organizations, Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Preferred: Caribbean, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Côte D'Ivoire, Denmark, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, State of, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre And Miquelon, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, South Africa, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Western Sahara, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (US state), Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Seabird Group has the facility to award small grants each year. These are usually related to research projects or censuses. Priority is given to Seabird Group members working on Atlantic seabirds.

In recent years grants (up to £500) have been given towards ringing studies and census work, including projects in Orkney and Shetland, Caithness, on Sanda, Argyllshire islands in the Firth of Forth, as well as to projects outside the UK such as Portugal and Alaska. Other grants have been given towards work such as censusing Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwaters, assessing productivity and survival of Great and Arctic Skuas, and seawatching projects, including the monitoring of Balearic Shearwaters. During major censuses such as SEABIRD 2000, larger grants can be offered to help fund expeditions to help plug gaps in coverage of the coast of the British Isles. In 2001 grants were given to assist with aerial surveys of gulls in some large urban areas.

Any excess funds from the first grant allocation in October will be distributed at the second in March, so early application is recommended.

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


  • The Seabird Group supports projects on seabirds, focussing in particular on the research, survey and conservation of Atlantic seabirds. In addition grants may be awarded for the promotion of seabirds to the general public. 
  • Grants for the ringing of seabirds can be awarded. 


  • Priority for grants from the Seabird Group Census Fund will be for volunteer projects.
  • We particularly encourage projects which will increase knowledge of seabird populations in areas where existing data are poor, assist in the development of ongoing monitoring, or develop new methods that can improve estimates of seabird numbers. 
  • Priority is given to Seabird Group members working on Atlantic seabirds.


  • The group does not support projects that are not related to the seabirds and would not normally consider supporting projects requiring a grant commitment of greater than 3 consecutive years. 
  • Bids from organisations larger or with greater resources than the Seabird Group, or those to augment PhD and other student research projects will NOT normally be supported.
  • Grants will not be made for the funding of staff positions or for the purchase of vehicles.

This page was last reviewed December 17, 2020 and last updated July 27, 2020