Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship

Wild Felid Research & Management Association

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Anticipated deadline: Mar 30, 2021

Grant amount: US $1,000

Fields of work: Mammalogy Mammalian Conservation

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

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

Location of project: North America, South America, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Wild Felid Research and Management Association (WFA) is a non-profit association of professionals and non-professionals directly involved with research and management of wild cats or simply interested in learning more about wild felids and ways to help conserve them in the Western Hemisphere.


To promote the sound management, conservation, and restoration, where necessary, of wild felids in the Western Hemisphere through science-based management and education. Our intention is to openly share knowledge and expertise by facilitating relationships with and among government entities, non-governmental organizations, universities, and other interested parties.

The Wild Felid Research and Management Association began awarding the Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship in 2009 to encourage and support graduate level university students involved in wild felid research. The scholarship was created to honor four distinguished and dedicated biologists who lost their lives while seeking to understand and contribute to the conservation of wildlife, including wild felids: Dave Maehr (1956-2008), Ian Ross (1958-2003), Rocky Spencer (1952-2007), and Eric York (1970-2007). The unexpected, tragic loss of one of WFA’s founding members - Deanna Dawn, in November 2012 led WFA to add a 5th member to the renowned group.

Scholarships are made possible through grants and donations to WFA. The Summerlee Foundation has been a major sponsor of the scholarship and has provided the funds to support 8 scholarships. Dee Dawn and other contributions in honor of Deanna Dawn allowed WFA to provide a third scholarship in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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


  • By July 1 of the year the scholarship is awarded, you must have completed a Bachelor of Science (or Arts) Degree and be enrolled in a graduate program in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, or a related natural resource field.
  • Students from outside the US are eligible to apply, so long as they are members.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. You must be a student member of the Wild Felid Research and Management Association. You may submit a membership form with payment to WFA when submitting your scholarship application if you are not currently a member.


  • Applications are evaluated based on: demonstrated need for financial aid; participation in a research project that aims to improve our understanding of wild felid biology, management and/or conservation; and undergraduate and graduate GPA.