Sound Analysis Workshop Scholarships


The Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program is pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships for participants in our next introductory Sound Analysis Workshop,  15 – 19 October 2018.

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

These scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of The Goldie and David Blanksteen Foundation.


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 planning 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 2018 workshop, please complete (1) a questionnaire (required for all workshop participants) about your interests and background, and (2) the online scholarship 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 via email between 3 and 16 July 2018.

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 use acoustic methods.

Project specificity: It’s helpful if you have a specific project or application in mind for which you want to use 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 2018 workshop (15 – 19 October):

Scholarship applications are due no later than 22 June 2018. Scholarship recipients will be announced by approximately 23 July 2018.

Apply for a scholarship now.

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. Please contact Liz Rowland ( to learn about space availability.