British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU): Inviting applications for ‘BOU Career Development Bursary’ to support short-term research positions for young (or early career) ornithologists, between a first and higher degree programme or immediately after completion of a higher degree.

Funding brief: These aim to support short-term research positions for young (or early career) ornithologists, between a first and higher degree programme or immediately after completion of a higher degree.

Successful grant proposals will combine the applicant’s development of skills that will be useful for their future career in ornithology with sound science.

Donor Name: British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU)
Funding name: BOU Career Development Bursary

Deadline: Deadline for applications for 2019 awards: 30th, November, 2018

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Awards up to £2,500 are available.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

● The bursary scheme is aimed at researchers intending to follow a career in ornithology and who wish to develop their skills between or after completion of a first or higher degree. Awards will not be given to projects that form part of a degree programme, or for expeditions.
● Applicants must be between a first and higher degree programme or immediately after completion of a higher degree
● Applicants must not be employed through other funding sources to undertake work that will be part of the career development programme.
● This award is for the applicant to undertake a programme of work that is not already funded, although the work may be linked to existing research programmes.
● The programme of work must be undertaken in a third party institute, supervised by someone within that institute. o Projects cannot be undertaken within your home institute (i.e. any institute from which you have already received any degree or affiliated institute).
● Research projects should be developed with a professional research group (in a university, NGO or government agency) and be supported by a nominated supervisor from that group who will act as sponsor for the student. Projects can be stand-alone or can complement existing work.
● Only one application should be submitted by a supervisor in each funding round and no more than two awards will be made to the same institution each year.
● The timing of projects is flexible according to the needs of the work, but projects should be completed within a year of receipt of the award.
● Projects can focus on any aspect of ornithology and will be judged on their scientific quality (including a clearly defined objective that is achievable within the time available), their training/career development potential, their scope for thought and initiative by the applicant (i.e. not using the applicant as a research assistant), the track record of the applicant, the suitability of the nominated supervisor and the likely degree of support and contact between the supervisor and the applicant. Proposals that tie in with and add value to existing projects are encouraged, because they may offer more reliable scientific quality and opportunities for skill development. They also encourage proposals which are outside the applicant’s usual research interests and/or would see the applicant moving to/working with an institute or in a research environment different to their existing/former affiliations.
● Applications should be fully costed, including a one-page proposal outlining the project and programme of career development, and brief CVs (as separate documents) of both the supervisor and the applicant. The supervisor should submit the application and act as the point of contact with the BOU.
● Proposals must be submitted by 30 November each year. Applications will be considered by BOU Council and BOU Grants Committee with decisions communicated to applicants by the end of the following February.
● Awards are paid out from March. Payment will be made no more than two months before the project is due to take place.
● Awards are offered to the institution (university, NGO or government agency), not the supervisor or applicant, and the institution must signify its willingness to administer the award without making administrative charges. The supervisor, applicant and head of the institution must agree to the conditions of the award.
● Awards are given on the understanding that the research project complies with the safety and ethical regulations of the institution and that the institution will ensure that the requirements of the relevant regulatory authorities will be met before the project begins.
● Applications are welcomed from all countries.
● Applicants must undertake their research project outside/away from their home institute (i.e. current place of study/work or where they studied for any degree).

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail:

Other important link:
● Apply:Click to view
● Guideline:Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

● Send your completed application by email only to

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