Awards for Graduate Research in Neotropical Conservation
These exciting awards continue to support research related to neotropical conservation in the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica.
In this last year the Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation went to MES student Mburucuya Marcela Ortiz for research on Peasant Livelihoods and Conservation in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor, and to MES student Nancy Ghuman for research on Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Lambert Family Graduate Award went to MES student Brittany Maguire for research on Wildlife Hunting in the ASBC, and to Carmen Umaña for research on Community Perceptions and Water Management in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor.
Howard Daugherty International Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation
The Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation is available to graduate students, preferably doctoral candidates, at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, to support their research related to neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project. Recipients must have a minimum “B” average (GPA 6.00), be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and must demonstrate financial need.
Value and Duration
- Up to 3 awards of up to $10,000
- The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund and the number of recipients selected
- Master’s or doctoral
- International students, with a student visa
- Selection criteria includes:
- Research related to neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica, and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project
- Academic accomplishments
- Financial need
Graduate Program Responsibility
- The Las Nubes Program will identify potential nominees and request the required documentation
- The Las Nubes Program will meet prior to April 1 to identify the nominee for the following academic year
- Programs can nominate a maximum of two files to FGS in rank order
- Statement of research
- Transcripts (supplied by graduate program from admissions file)
- Student Financial Profile (.pdf)
- Letter of nomination (supplied by graduate program director)
- Program nomination, with complete documentation, is due to Sandra Yiu in FGS by April 27. The Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Committee will review nominees for eligibility.
How to Apply
- Students must be nominated by their graduate program
- Graduate Program in Environmental Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambert Family Graduate Award
Type of Student
Type of Award
The Lambert Family Graduate Award in Neotropical Research & Conservation will be awarded to graduate students at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, to support their fieldwork related to neotropical conservation, particularly work that is associated with the Las Nubes Project and is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project.
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Be an Ontario resident;
- Demonstrate financial need on a bursary application;
- Recipients must have a minimum "B" average.
All students whose research is associated with Las Nubes and vicinity who wish to be considered for this award, should submit a statement of research, CV and Financial Form to the Faculty of Environmental Studies Student Alumni Resource Centre (HNES 129) by May 21.
The Las Nubes Project Committee will nominate students to Graduate Studies.
Value of Award
*Take Note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected
GESSA Research and Travel Fund
The Graduate Environmental Studies Student Association (GESSA), of which every Environmental Studies graduate student is automatically member, is the student-run organization for graduate students in FES. GESSA is also an associate member organization of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at York. Representing over 445 Masters’ and Doctoral students, GESSA is one of the largest governance bodies for graduate students at York University.
The GESSA Research and Travel Fund (RTF) program makes up a significant amount of GESSA’s yearly expenditure and consists of monies derived from its operational budget and a further $8,000 allocated by the Faculty’s Research and Awards Committee for GESSA to administer. The amount of funding from faculty (RAC) can vary year to year. Hence, GESSA’s Executive Committee (EC) and Finance Committee (FC) reserve the right to allocate different amounts to the fund for a given academic year.
GESSA’s reserves the right to allocate a percentage that will be disbursed to all eligible applications and activities per application The RTF fund usually covers up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of eligible activities. The actual amount (percentage) awarded will depend on how many applications are received in that cycle. If the requests for funds exceed the amount of funding available, awards will be based on an equal percentage distribution (e.g. all applicants, for example, may receive 40% or 25 % of the cost of their eligible activities). GESSA over the past few funding cycles has usually allocated 50% per eligible application. The maximum grant available per application is $500. The maximum amount of funds available to a student per academic year is $600.
The Fund is primarily meant to help offset the travel and research costs incurred by graduate student in FES during their research and conference attendance. It is NOT meant to be a primary funding source nor is it meant to subsidize travel expense for students on paid internships or to use for travel other than the three categories below.
We strongly suggest that you seek out other funding sources in addition to this fund. The RTF program should not decide the feasibility of potential research projects or attendance at conferences and workshops or skills development.
The RTF program is one of the main ways that GESSA uses its funds to support students. Other ways include resources, conferences, speaking series, social events, and academic forums. GESSA’s mandate for spending is guided by student input. This fund is a way for us to support one another and the resources used here need to be shared by all students.
There are three funding cycles per academic year with the following deadlines:
- Second Friday of September
- Second Friday of January
- Second Friday of April
Applications must cover activities ending in the current funding cycle (before the cycle deadline).
Up-to-date information is available at the GESSA Research and Travel Fund website.
GSA Funding Opportunities
The GSA offers a variety of funds for graduate student members. These funds are not meant to be a primary source of graduate student funding, but serve as a small additional aid.
Conference Support Fund
This fund is for students who are presenting or chairing sessions at conferences. This fund is not for students who are only attending conferences and it is not meant to be a primary source of funding for conferences. The average amount of funding is $100.
Thesis Support Fund Application
This fund is designed to help defray the costs involved in MA and Ph.D. theses or major papers. Expenses covered under this fund include the costs of supplies, materials, services, etc expended on the project. Purchases of reusable/resaleable items such as computers, books and journals WILL NOT be covered. The average amount of funding is $100.
Skills Development Support Application
This fund is for projects which help students develop overall skills in relation to their programme of study such as voluntary internships or apprenticeships, language training courses, or other training/education courses not offered at York. This fund is NOT intended to cover costs associated with academic conferences but is for practical, skills-based training or other applied forms of skill development. The average amount of funding is $100.
- Fall – December 1
- Winter – April 1
- Spring – August 1
Up-to-date information is available at the Graduate Students Association Funding Opportunities website.