Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award

Association of Field Ornithologists


Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Jul 15, 2018

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Caribbean, South America

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

The Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award supports minimally invasive research into the life histories, especially social relations and reproduction, of little known birds of the continental Neotropics, including Trinidad and Tobago.

This award is supported by a fund that was established by Dr. and Mrs. Skutch following the joint meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists, Asociacion Ornitologica de Costa Rica, and the American Birding Association in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1997. At that meeting, Dr. Skutch was honored by AFO for more than sixty years of contributions to Neotropical ornithology.

Dr. Skutch is known for his hundreds of scientific papers and more than forty books, which focused on the behavior and life histories of birds. His intention in establishing the Skutch Fund was to support the kind of research to which he devoted his life, and especially, to encourage studies by people who live in the Neotropics. For this reason, preference will be given to Neotropical-based applicants proposing research projects that involves a substantial amount of observation of birds in the field.

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

Eligibility:

  • The Association of Field Ornithologists welcomes applications for funding from amateur or professional ornithologists of any nationality. 
  • Projects must involve minimally invasive research into the life histories, especially social relations and reproduction, of little known birds of the continental Neotropics, including Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Applicants and/or their primary research supervisor must be members of the Association of Field Ornithologists (prior to the application deadline) to be eligible for an award.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.

Preferences:

  • Preference will be given to Neotropical-based applicants proposing research projects that involves a substantial amount of observation of birds in the field.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that have had some previous experience with the geographic region (and if possible, the specific locality) as well as the bird species involved in the proposed study. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants proposing studies that are expected to produce results that can be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.