ABWAK Grants Available
ABWAK is able to grant small amounts of funds to its members to assist directly in the furtherance of the association's objectives in husbandry, welfare, conservation and education. Please complete the grants form.
Applications are welcome from professional and associate members who meet any of the following criteria (Zoo keepers in British or Irish Zoos are particularly encouraged to apply):
- Any captive-based husbandry or enrichment project designed to increase knowledge of awareness of factors relevant to the management of captive exotics; particularly Red Data Book/CITES listed taxa.
- Projects that support improvements in husbandry, husbandry techniques and welfare of animals.
There will be two special small grants available to assist professional members of ABWAK to attend the International Congress of Zookeeping in 2009 in Seattle, USA. Applicants must be presenting a talk or poster at the conference and be working in a British or Irish Zoo. Applications are welcome from December 2008.
Grants are not available to fund study tours unless there is strong evidence that any work carried out during the study period enhances and improves the captive husbandry of animals.
Grants are made at the discretion of the Association's general council.
Acceptance of an ABWAK grant implies acceptance of any conditions that ABWAK Council may impose in connection with said grant. An automatic condition is that the successful applicant must agree to provide written details of the sponsored topic on completion of the project. If the study is ongoing, regular reports would be expected. Such information may be published by ABWAK in consultation with the author. ABWAK must be acknowledged in any publications arising from the project for which the grant was provided. The successful application will commit to providing a summary of the project in the ABWAK publication Ratel, and also if invited, commit to providing a poster or talk at an ABWAK event.
Applications should be made to the Grants Co-ordinator. Grant applications may be submitted throughout the year but must be at least three months prior to the beginning of the project/conference attendance, to allow appropriate assessment of the application.
ABWAK Grants Co-ordinator:
c/o Reaseheath College
Non-ABWAK Grants Available
Chester Zoo Studentships 2010
The Chester Zoo Studentships are awarded annually. They provide support for projects that benefit the conservation of biodiversity, provide a capacity building opportunity for student scientists and further partnerships between academic institutes and the conservation research facilities that zoos are able to offer.
Several Chester Zoo Studentships are awarded each year, each up to a maximum value of £1000. Studentships are available for projects that contribute to the completion of undergraduate or masters degree qualifications and for university endorsed expeditions. The studentships do not support PhD research projects, tuition fees, or costs that would normally be met by the university/college. Field work organised by third party, non-academic, agents is also ineligible for studentship support.
Projects should relate to the ex situ or in situ conservation of biodiversity, and can be conducted abroad or in the UK. Students wishing to conduct their study at Chester Zoo will need to have previously arranged this with Chester Zoo’s Research Department (email@example.com). The studentships are open to students from both UK and international academic institutes and applications should relate to studies that will be conducted before April 2011.
Details required in the studentship application include the aims of the project, a statement of its relevance to conservation, methodology and a clear budget breakdown. Clearly, feasibility and health and safety will be important criterion when judging the submitted proposals. A short CV should also be attached with applications.
Chester Zoo expects those awarded studentships to uphold the high standards expected of its own employees, and to be fully acknowledged in any presentations or publications. It is a condition of the studentship that Chester Zoo receives a full written report of the research project within six months of completion and copies of any resultant publications. Chester Zoo may also request receipted expenses and reserves the right to request that any special equipment purchased through the studentship remain the property of the zoo once the project is completed.
For further information and application forms please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the conservation pages of www.chesterzoo.org.
Applications should be received no later than Friday 19th March 2010.
Richard Hughes Scholarship Award 2010
In February 2001 Richard Hughes, a senior keeper at Chester Zoo, tragically lost his life working with the elephants that he loved. In memory of Richard, Chester Zoo has dedicated an annual scholarship award to support individuals wishing to undertake activities or projects concerned with elephant management, welfare or conservation.
The scholarship is open to applications for any type of activity or project that deals with issues of elephant management, welfare or conservation either overseas or in the UK. Proposals are encouraged from individuals from any relevant field who have an interest in elephants, from animal keepers and researchers to students. The scholarship aims to allow individuals to become involved with elephant related interests beneficial to their career or personal development, as well as beneficial to elephants. Scholarships will be awarded up to the value of £1000.
Chester Zoo expects those awarded scholarships to uphold the high standards expected of its own employees, and to be fully acknowledged in any presentations or publications. It is a condition of the studentship that Chester Zoo receives a full written report of activities undertaken within six months of completion and copies of any resultant publications if applicable. Chester Zoo may also request receipted expenses and reserve the right to request that any special equipment purchased through the studentship remain the property of the zoo once the project is completed.
Application forms are available via email from email@example.com or from the conservation pages of www.chesterzoo.org.
Applications should be received no later than Friday 23 rd April 2010.