Award Grants & Scholarships

Award Grants & Scholarships

Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae)
Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae)
©Richard Jackson

Since its founding in 1982, BCI has supported hundreds of university students and aspiring conservationists in dozens of countries through its Granting Programs. If you are interested in applying for funding from BCI’s Granting Programs, please read the details below to determine if one of our open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) fits your project and to confirm your eligibility.

Read about BCI's 2019 Student Research Scholarship for Global Bat Conservation Priorities Grantees here.

BCI is an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

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 Available RFPs

Bat Conservation International
Granting Programs Request for Proposals (RFP)
October 2019

“Student Research Scholarships for Global Bat Conservation Priorities”

Bat Conservation International requests proposals through BCI’s online application system from exceptionally talented student researchers interested in seeking financial support for their bat conservation research projects.

This RFP is only open to students who are registered and in good standing with a recognized academic institution. We anticipate granting 13 awards total, up to the amount of $3,000. These awards are not intended to cover the full cost of a project and BCI hopes these funds provide opportunities for matching grants from other funding sources. We are seeking proposals for research in the following categories:

Category #1: The project contributes to the understanding of the effects of human-caused environmental changes, such as land use and climate change, as threats to global bat biodiversity, including projects focusing on habitat destruction or degradation, wind energy development, pollution, impacts from drought or extreme weather, invasive species, etc.

Category #2: The project contributes to the understanding of bat/human conflicts, such as persecution, bush-meat hunting, disturbance, bats and disease, etc.

Category #3: The project will answer ecological or behavioral questions essential to the conservation of one or more bat species currently listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, or Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species or officially recognized on a national list of species of concern.

From the awardees, we will recognize outstanding students for the following special awards:

Women in Conservation Science Honor: an honor: to an outstanding woman student from a developing country (low-income and lower to middle income countries as defined by the World Bank. This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of the student’s professional development.

Verne & Marion Read Bat Conservation Honor: an annual award to a student who inspires education and community action to protect bats around the world and address critical conservation needs. This recognition comes with an additional $500 in support of their project.

The application system will accept new registrations and proposal submissions on October 1, 2019 and the system will close to applicants on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Central Standard Time GMT-6).

Please see the FAQ sheet at that provides answers and guidance to help with your proposal and application. You can download a text summary of the application requirements at For further assistance, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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