BACKGROUND Pacific Seabird Group is dedicated to the study and conservation of Pacific seabirds and their environment. Students are a core membership of PSG; they contribute 29% of the PSG operating fund and comprise 40% of the annual meeting volunteer base. The PSG Student Research Grant (SRG) was created in 2019 by the PSG Former Chairs to honor and support the numerous contributions of the PSG student membership. This grant seeks to aid student-led research in promotion of up-and-coming scholar members of Pacific Seabird Group. This year, the PSG Student Research Grant will fund 3 grants worth $1,000 each, 1 grant per degree-level (bachelor, master, doctoral). Funds are raised by the PSG Former Chairs and matched by the PSG Executive Council (ExCo).
GRANT REQUIREMENTS Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program (BA, BS, MS, MA, PhD) at an accredited community college, college, or university. Applicants may be enrolled at any of the above institutions in any country & conduct their student research in any part of the world, but the applicable research must be seabird-based. Applicants must be current members of Pacific Seabird Group by the application due date. Use of funds: Funds are solely used for costs associated with research, including: field or lab supplies, equipment, travel to research or lab sites, and licensing and permitting fees. Funds do not cover salaries & benefits, stipends, institutional fees or overhead, or tuition. Fund disbursement: 90% of funds will be disbursed after awardees submit a complete W9 form. Grants received will be considered taxable income. The last 10% of grant funds will not be awarded until the grant reporting form is submitted & verified complete by the Awards Committee. Reporting requirements: On accepting the grant, the awardee agrees to the following: 1) Submission of the grant reporting form by 1 October of the year awarded. The last 10% of grant funds will not be awarded until the grant reporting form is submitted & verified complete by the Awards Committee. 2) Within 2 calendar years of receiving the award, either (a) attend & present the findings of the grant-funded research at a PSG annual meeting or (b) submit a poster on the findings of the grant-funded research for a PSG annual meeting.
REQUIRED APPLICATION COMPONENTS 1) Application form, consisting of (a) applicant information; (b) global project goals and objectives (200 words) and SRG-funded project description (300 words)and references (no limit); and (c) budget & justification for the grant funds (250 words). 2) Enrollment verification form obtained from the institution where the applicant is enrolled. Enrollment must reflect the semester or quarter the application isdue. 3) A recommendation letter from a project advisor. The project advisor may be the student’s thesis advisor, a professor on the student’s committee, or a primary manager of the field site where the student’s research takes place. The letter must be on institution letterhead and signed by the advisor. Advisors may submit more than 1 recommendation letter per cycle (1 per student). The application form and enrollment verification form must be attached in a single email titled “PSG Student Research Grant Application” to the PSG past chair at pastchair[at]pacificseabirdgroup.org and sent by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PDT; UTC -7) on 15 April 2019. The project advisor must submit the recommendation letter to the PSG past chair at pastchair[at]pacificseabirdgroup.org and sent by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PDT; UTC-7) on 15 April 2019.
APPLICATION EVALUATION Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: (1) Scientific Merit; (2) Budget & Financial Need; (3) Impact to PSG. All applications will be evaluated by the Pacific Seabird Group Awards committee (the PSG past chair, current chair, and chair-elect), one PSG Former Chair, and one PSG student member (who cannot submit an application the year they serve as judge).
TIMELINE 18 March 2019: Grant application opens 15 April 2019: Grant application deadline 1 May 2019: Grant notification deadline 1 October 2019: Grant reporting form deadline
QUESTIONS Please email questions about the grant to PSG past chair Adrian Gall at pastchair[at]pacificseabirdgroup.org.