A visit to the community Yuanbaoshan fir nursery near Yuanbaoshan NNR. Credit: Hu Xinhua/GIB.

Global Trees Campaign launches a new grant for Masters students

Posted on by Victoria Price
Applications for a Global Trees Campaign student grant are invited from MSc students undertaking research projects focused on the in situ conservation of a threatened tree species.

More than 9,600 trees species are threatened with extinction yet very few trees receive attention from applied conservation projects. One of the reasons for this is the low number of conservation practitioners with skills and knowledge required to carry out necessary interventions, and there are simply not enough conservationists focusing their efforts on trees.

Towards a global network of tree conservationists

To address this concern the Global Trees Campaign, in partnership with the Conservation Leadership Programme, aims to invest in early career biologists interested in tree conservation through the implementation of a student grant scheme. A small number of grants will be awarded to support MSc students to meet the costs of undertaking their research project addressing a question pertinent to the applied conservation of a threatened tree species.

Successful applicants would also be able to access expertise through the Conservation Leadership Programme and its alumni network – a platform that supports career development and promotes knowledge and experience sharing between 2,500 conservation leaders based in approximately 100 countries.

How to Apply

Students interested in applying for a grant should review the Call for Proposals document to check their eligibility to apply to the fund. For those that are eligible, an application form is available to download from the Global Trees Campaign here. The deadline for applications is  Monday 28th March 2016.

Written by Victoria Price

Victoria works as a Programme Officer at Fauna & Flora International. In her role she provides support to the Global Trees Campaign and is responsible for the delivery of several field projects including Central Asia & Madagascar.

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  1. Felix Olusola ABAYOMI on

    I am participating in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) at the University of Andalucia. This Classwork aspect of the course will be held between April 3,2016 and June 18,2076 (3 months)at the University of Andalucia’s campus in Baeza, Spain; while the research thesis aspect of the course (9 months) will be held in Nigeria.
    Is there as opportunity for me with getting a study grant from you?

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    1. Victoria Price Post author on

      Thanks for your enquiry Felix. The main purpose of this bursary is to support field work based upon the conservation of threatened tree species. In particular, we are interested in supporting projects answering research questions relevant to a threatened tree species that if unanswered, would limit the capacity of conservation practitioners to conserve the species effectively in the wild. So ultimately the purpose of this scheme is to support the applied research of early career conservationists. As a result, we do not support student study costs or macro-scale projects – bursaries will be prioritised on their relevance to the conservation of a highly threatened tree species, which will often involve a bespoke research question (dependent on which species is the focus of the study). In this case we would only fund fieldwork costs for the Nigerian section of your work, if it was related to the conservation of a threatened tree species. If you do have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email address (which can be found on the Call for Proposals document).

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  2. Shamsa S. Kileo on

    Iam working as a research assistant at the Agricultural Research institute in Tanzania. Currently I am working on African baobab which is the threatened tree specie. My research is on development of African Baobab micro propagation protocols.
    I couldn’t manage to accomplish the research because of the luck of fund I am asking if you can assist me and my institution so that I can complete my research.
    African baobab (Adansonia digitata) is naturally associated with the savannah, especially the drier parts it serve people with food security because, baobab products such as the pulp of the fruit, seeds and leaves are all used to prepare foods mainly traditional dishes especially during times of scarcity and food crisis, also it has so many health benefit. Apart from being source of food, baobab is a multipurpose tree, it is a source of timber, firewood, medicinal extracts, fibres and other components.
    It is one of the most widely used indigenous tree species in central part of Tanzania which led to over exploitation of its products. Regeneration rate is low due to lack of micro propagation protocol, my study will improve its conservation and utilization.

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