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Student Grant Program
Capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, are widespread in Neotropical grasslands.
  As little as $500 can launch a lifelong career in conservation. The SGP provides funds to graduate students to cover research expenses such as transportation costs and consumable supplies.

The Student Grant Program (SGP) was designed in response to feedback from Venezuelan professors. Graduate student research projects are often hindered by lack of funds for basic needs such as transportation, lodging, meals and consumable field supplies. As little as $500 can launch a lifelong career in conservation.

Student researchers in our growing network outline their project and describe its impact on grassland conservation.


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  • Mail or submit electronically


    Latin American students enrolled in a M.S. or Ph.D. program in a U.S. or South American university are eligible to apply.


    Applications are accepted on the 1st of April, August, and December and are reviewed by members of the Student Grant Program committee and two outside reviewers. Award decisions are based on the student's demonstrated commitment to conservation, feasibility and merit of the proposed project, and how closely the project meets the mission of the Neotropical Grassland Conservancy. Applicants are notified of funding decisions within a month of the application due date.


    Awards are distributed as a single allotment of US $500. Please be prepared to provide bank name, address, and routing numbers.


    Successful applicants are required to provide the NGC with a year-end report summarizing project results and describing how funds were used. Following submission of this report, students are eligible for additional funding.

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