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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Protect Wildlife project, is offering thesis and dissertation assistance to graduate students pursuing further studies that are aligned with the project’s research priorities in conserving biodiversity in the Philippines.

Graduate students from any Philippine college or university with an approved proposal for a thesis or dissertation on biodiversity conservation research are eligible to apply for the assistance. USAID Protect Wildlife is looking in particular for research proposals that promote species and habitat conservation and that address illegal wildlife trade in its project sites (Palawan, Zamboanga City, Sulu Archipelago, General Santos City, Sarangani, South Cotabato and Central Luzon), and whose outputs can be used as scientific bases for better management of conservation and protected areas and improved wildlife law enforcement. The project is also looking for research that tests or applies methods adopting improved technologies, which may be applicable or replicable in Protect Wildlife sites.

The assistance covers funding of up to PHP 200,000 for master’s thesis and PHP 300,000 for doctoral dissertation for research expenses, such as supplies, small equipment, manpower, travel, workshops, laboratory services, and other related costs.

For more information on how to avail of this research assistance, download the flyer here: