Funding

Awards for Graduate Research in Neotropical Conservation

These exciting awards continue to support fieldwork and research related to Neotropical conservation in the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica.

Howard Daugherty International Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) is currently recruiting candidates for the Howard Daugherty International Award in Neotropical Conservation.
The successful candidate of this award will support the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES)’ 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.

ELIGIBILITY:

• A minimum “B” average (GPA 6.00)
• International students with a student visa
• Proposed research related to Neotropical conservation that underlines the goals of the Las Nubes Project.
• Academic accomplishments
• 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)
• Non-renewable

If you are interested in applying for this award, you need to contact Dr. Felipe Montoya, Las Nubes Program Director (fmontoya@yorku.ca) by January 30, 2017 and provide the following information:
• Statement of research
• CV
• Copy of Transcripts (your previous academic institutions will have to supply originals to York University to support your application)

Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation

VALUE:

If awarded to Master’s: Up to $12,500*, if awarded to Doctoral: 1 award at up to $25,000 or two awards at up to $12,500*

DEADLINE:

November 21, 2016

NUMBER OF AWARDS:

1 or 2

PURPOSE:

The Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation is available to graduate students, 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 be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and must demonstrate financial need.

ELIGIBILITY:

Master's or doctoral
(a) Research related to Neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica;
(b) Research that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project - see http://lasnubes.info.yorku.ca/.

CRITERIA:

(a) 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.
(b) Academic accomplishments;
(c) Financial need

SELECTION PROCESS:

Program nominations with complete documentation are due twice a year:
(a) November 21
(b) February 21
Send complete package to: Joseph Cesario – FES Scholarships and Awards Officer jcesario@yorku.ca
The Las Nubes Program will identify potential nominees and forward nomination packages to The Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Committee to review nominees for eligibility.

DOCUMENTATION:

(a) Statement of research that outlines how the award will be used to support the fieldwork, budget, timeline of research activities and the research outcomes.
(b) Approved Research Proposal (from MES 2>3 exam);
(c) CV;
(d) Transcripts (supplied by graduate program from Admissions file;
(e) Confirmation of financial need;(Bursary Form)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Please submit your application with complete documentation to jcesario@yorku.ca by November 21, 2016
*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

CONTACT:

Joseph Cesario – FES Scholarships and Awards Officer jcesario@yorku.ca

Lambert Family Graduate Award

VALUE:

If 1 award, up to $14,000, if 2 awards, up to $7,000*

DEADLINE:

November 21, 2016

NUMBER OF AWARDS:

1-2*

PURPOSE:

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.

ELIGIBILITY:

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and/or protected persons who are residents of Ontario are eligible.
Eligible Area of Study:
(a) Fieldwork related to Neotropical conservation, especially related to research that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica;
(b) Research that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes - see http://lasnubes.info.yorku.ca/.

CRITERIA:

(a) Fieldwork and research related to Neotropical conservation, especially related to research 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.
(b) Academic accomplishments;
(c) Financial need.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Award Deadline: Program nominations with complete documentation are due twice a year:
(a) November 21
(b) February 21
Send complete package to: Joseph Cesario – FES Scholarships and Awards Officer jcesario@yorku.ca

DOCUMENTATION:

Nomination package:
(a) Statement of research that outlines how the award will be used to support the fieldwork, budget, timeline of research activities and the research outcomes.
(b) Approved Research Proposal (from MES 2>3 exam);
(c) CV;
(d) Transcripts (supplied by graduate program from Admissions file)
(e) Confirmation of financial nee (Bursary Form)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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.
For more information Contact: Joseph Cesario – FES Scholarships and Awards Officer jcesario@yorku.ca

GESSA Research and Travel Fund

Background

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.

VALUE

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.

DEADLINES

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.

Application Deadlines

Fall – December 1
Winter – April 1
Spring – August 1
Up-to-date information is available at the Graduate Students Association Funding Opportunities website.

Past Recipients

Howard Daugherty International Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation

2013

Silvia Vasquez-Olguin

Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation

2014-2015

Nancy Ghuman
Marcela Ortiz Imlach

2013-2014

Wafaa El-Osta
Neil Livingston

2012-2013

Chris Saker

2011-2012

Marta Berbes-Blazquez

Lambert Family Graduate Award

2016-2017

Olivia Caravaggio
Natalie Cummins

2014-2015

Britanny Maguire
Carmen Umana-Kimitzki

2013-2014

Maris Grundy
Veronica Diaz

2012-2013

Marcela Ortiz Imlach

2011-2012

Chis Saker