The Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research funds UC Berkeley graduate students conducting field research based in or around the following UC Berkeley Natural History Field Stations:
Four of these sites are part of the UC Natural Reserve System, while Point Reyes Field Station is being considered for inclusion in the NRS.
The award honors Carol Baird, who earned a doctorate in zoology from UC Berkeley. She has recently retired from serving as the founding executive director of the California Institute for Biodiversity.
How to apply
For the award cycle supporting field research beginning in 2018, proposals of up to five pages describing the project, its importance, and proposed methods and logistics must be submitted by September 30, 2017 to email@example.com with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line. Awards of up to $22,000 will be made on the basis of merit. Funding may be requested for a single field season or multiple field seasons, for work conducted at or around one or more reserves. Support allocations (amount per student, potential for renewal) are flexible, as long as the research is field-based, of excellent quality, and will be substantially improved by this support.
Awardees will be selected by a faculty review committee comprised of the directors of the UC Berkeley Natural History Field Stations
Graduate student applicants planning to do field work during the fall and spring academic semesters may use the award to cover tuition and fee expenses ($17,654.50 per year in 2017). Graduate students are not subject to these costs during the summer. Applicants should remember to budget for housing and other costs associated with staying at reserves.
1) Awardees will be required to present their findings to the local community around the field station(s), for example at town meetings or at workshops organized by local conservation, educational, or citizen science groups.
2) Each awardee must submit a report summarizing their research accomplishments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 November of the year in which the award was received.
3) By April 15 of the following year, a more complete report (including full analyses, photos, videos, links, etc.) should be sent to the same email address, email@example.com. Both reports will be evaluated by the faculty review committee, and forwarded to the funding Foundation.
2018 competition dates
September 30, 2017
Applications for 2018 awards must be received at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15, 2017
Awards for 2018 will be announced.
November 15, 2018
Reports from awardees are due, and should be emailed to email@example.com with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line. Reports should describe research accomplishments based on the award, including scientific findings, publications, and reports, videos, and links to public workshops, lectures, or presentations.
April 15, 2019
More complete reports, with manuscript drafts if available, data analyses, photos, videos, and other links should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line.