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Sunday November 23rd 2014

Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation

Background: The Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation was established through the generous donation of Dr. M.M. “Woody” Fisher and Ms. Valerie Grant in memory of FES professor and colleague Dr. Howard Daugherty.  It was Dr. Fisher who donated Las Nubes Biological Reserve to York University and Dr. Daugherty who dedicated himself to building and leading FES’ Las Nubes Project until he died in 2010. Las Nubes (“The Clouds”) Project is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to applied research, environmental education and conservation that recognizes the complexity of interactions among ecology, society and the global economy.

Value: One award of $25,000 or two awards of $12,500 (depending on the scale of the proposed projects, estimated field costs, duration of fieldwork, and the fit of proposed work with Las Nubes Project objectives).

Eligibility: The Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation is available to graduate students, preferably doctoral candidates, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, to support their research related to neotropical conservation in the vicinity of Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica, and/or that contributes to meeting Las Nubes Project goals.  Recipients must have a minimum “B” average, be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and must demonstrate financial need. (Grade Point Average assessments can be requested from FES’ Office of Academic and Student Services, if needed).

Application: All students whose research is associated with Las Nubes or neotropical conservation who wish to be considered for this award, should submit a statement of research and a CV to the Faculty of Environmental Studies Student and Alumni Resource Centre (HNES 129) and complete the on-line Student Financial Profile (SFP) by March 1, 2011.

Statement of Research: The statement of research for the Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation should be no longer than 10 pages and include the following:

  1. Research context and objectives: Presentation of research question and objectives.
  2. Methods: Clear indication of methods/techniques to be employed and a demonstration that the applicant is capable of carrying out the proposed research.
  3. Schedule of work: Presentation of the work plan for the remainder of the student’s program, including a detailed schedule for work to be undertaken in the field.
  4. Relevance to Las Nubes Project: Discussion of how the proposed project contributes to achieving the goals of Las Nubes Project and how it connects to other Las Nubes activities.
  5. Projected outcomes and impacts: Discussion of how the project contributes to the applicant’s field of study (both to the program of study and to the academic/professional field, e.g., as an original contribution). Describe also how project outcomes will benefit Costa Rican or other Latin American stakeholders.
  6. Dissemination plan: A dissemination plan (including dissemination to Costa Rican or other Latin American stakeholders).
  7. Budget: A detailed budget outlining fieldwork and other costs.
  8. Signatures: A signed statement indicating that the applicant is committed to using the funds provided by the Howard Daugherty Award in Neotropical Conservation to support their graduate research project related to the objectives of Las Nubes Project, and a signed statement from the applicant’s supervisor indicating that the supervisor has read and approves of the application. A signature page is provided on the FES website.

Notes: Use the headings above in the statement of research.

Last updated February 9, 2011

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