Partial scholarships for Sound Analysis Workshop

Overview

The Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of partial scholarships for participants in our introductory Sound Analysis Workshops in the fall of 2017 (2 – 6 October), and spring 2018 (dates to be announced, typically late March or early April). We expect to award two scholarships for the October workshop, and two more in spring 2018.

Scholarship applications for the October 2017 workshop are now closed.

Check this web page in late October for information about applying for scholarships for the Spring 2018 workshop.

Each scholarship covers the tuition for the workshop (normally $1050 for students, $1400 for others), morning and mid-day meals, and lodging for six nights. Scholarship recipients are responsible for covering the cost of transportation to and from Ithaca, New York, USA, where the workshop is held, and evening meals (we suggest planning on $10 – $15 per meal) for six evenings.

These scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of Ecological Associates, Inc.

Eligibility

Only residents of low-income and middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank are eligible to apply for these scholarships. The list of eligible countries is here.

Scholarships are reserved for participants wishing to apply the principles and methods of animal bioacoustics in fields such as ecology, animal behavior, or conservation biology. We particularly encourage applications from graduate students and faculty, as well as staff of relevant government agencies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Application procedure

Before applying for a scholarship, please carefully read the description of the content of the workshop to be sure that it aligns with your interests and needs.

To apply for a scholarship position for the fall 2017 workshop, please complete our online application form. As part of the application, you will be asked to provide contact information for two people who can serve as professional references. Before starting the application process, please check with potential references to be sure they will be available to respond to a query from us between 14 and 27 July.

The application form for the spring 2018 workshop will be available around mid-December 2017. Please check this page closer to that time for further information.

Selection criteria

In selecting scholarship recipients, we seek to maximize the beneficial impact of the training provided in the participant’s home country. “Impact” may take a variety of forms, including application of acoustic methods to specific research or conservation challenges and training of other students and researchers in methods and principles learned in the workshop.

Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Among the criteria that we consider are the following:

Project specificity: It’s helpful if you have a specific project or application in mind for which you want to include acoustic methods.

Project appropriateness and feasibility: Will the project you’re planning actually be helped by the acoustic principles and methods that are taught in the workshop? Is the overall project (and specifically the application of acoustic methods) realistic and feasible?

Preparation: Are you well prepared by previous education and experience to make use of what we teach?

Future promotion of bioacoustics:  Are you likely to share what you learn in the workshop with others in your home country?

Application and selection schedule

Fall 2017 workshop (2 – 6 October):

Scholarship applications are due no later than 14 July. Scholarship recipients will be announced by approximately 28 July.

Apply for a scholarship now.

Scholarship applicants who do not receive scholarship awards are still welcome to attend the workshop, provided that there is still space available and that they can raise the necessary funds from other sources.

To ensure that unsuccessful scholarship applicants have a fair opportunity to enroll, no reservations (deposits) for the workshop will be accepted prior to 31 July 2017. Please contact Liz Rowland (edr6@cornell.edu) at that time if you would like to pay to attend.