Scholarships for Sound Analysis Workshop, September 2019

Overview

The Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program is pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships for participants in our next introductory Sound Analysis Workshop,  23 – 27 September 2019.

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.

Eligibility

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

Scholarships are reserved for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty at academic institutions, and for scientific staff of relevant government agencies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Applicants should be planning to apply the principles and methods of animal bioacoustics in fields such as ecology, animal behavior, or conservation biology.

The workshop is presented in English, and includes some conceptually dense content. In order to benefit from the time you spend at the workshop, it’s important that you be reasonably proficient at comprehending and expressing yourself in spoken English.

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 2019 workshop, please complete our online application form by no later than 24 June 2019. 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 an email query from us between 1 and 8 July 2019.

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 2019 workshop (23 – 27 September): Scholarship applications are due no later than 24 June 2019. Scholarship recipients will be announced by approximately 12 July 2019.

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.