The purposes of the DUC-‐MBNA Conservation Fellowship are to assist in the development of talented young professionals who are dedicated to furthering the conservation of wetlands and wetland wildlife, and to advance scientific understanding of the biology of waterfowl and wetlands in Canada.
MBNA, a Bank of America company and a long-‐time corporate partner of Ducks Unlimited Canada, has demonstrated a strong legacy commitment to wetland and waterfowl conservation through its sponsorship of this exciting fellowship. This fellowship program contributes greatly to DUC’s ongoing objective of helping to develop tomorrow’s conservation leaders while providing new information that DUC can apply today.
The fellowship is open to Canadian graduate students enrolled at a university in Canada or abroad. Subject matter for the student's research can deal with any aspect of waterfowl or wetland biology that promises to advance conservation in Canada.
Fellowships will be awarded based upon: the qualifications of the applicant; the scientific soundness of the student's research proposal; originality and creativity in study design; expected contributions of the research to furthering waterfowl conservation; and the achievability of the work. Preference will be given to proposals with demonstrable management applications.
One award of up to $10,000/year (Canadian funds) is available to provide personal or research support for the successful applicant. The award is renewable for up to two additional years for PhD students, once for M.Sc. students, assuming annual approval of a satisfactory progress report and the need for continuing financial support.
Edited by Melanie Colón