The Westarctica Conservation Scholarship is a $500 graduate research grant for the study of climate change.  The goal of this research scholarship is to invest in early-career researchers who are pursuing a career in climate-change science.​


This research scholarship is available to anyone who meets the following criteria:

  1. Pursuing a graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in any nationally-accredited university or organization (i.e. zoo, field station) in the world.

  2. Researching a topic aligned with climate-change or global conservation issues.

  3. Planning a research project for the summer of 2020.


Application Procedure

You will be asked to answer five questions, each in 200 words or less (unless otherwise specified):

  • In 20 words or less, describe the research question you are addressing.

  • What is the broad problem this question is addressing?

  • Why should the public care about your question/the problem/your research?

  • What possible solutions to climate-change might your work propose?

  • How will this money improve your research or the proposed solutions?


These applications will be reviewed by a panel of scientifically trained people from a variety of research and conservation backgrounds, as well as Westarctica, Inc board members. Finalists will be chosen, and the above answers will be submitted to the active members of the organization for a final vote.


Important Dates

25 April 2020 (5pm EST): Applications Close.

4-8 May 2020: Finalists selected and their responses will be shared with the Members.

9-13 May 2020: Member Voting.

15 May 2020: Winner Announced.


In accepting the award, you agree to do one follow-up interview at the end of the summer, and complete one online short-course on talking about climate change to climate deniers during the summer.


Application Fee

The application fee is $5 and should be paid after submitting your application.

The application fee can be paid via PayPal here: https://www.paypal.me/Westarctica/5

If you are unable to submit payment via PayPal, or have other questions about the Westarctica Conservation Scholarship, please contact the program coordinator: conserve@westarctica.info

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A 501c(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation

Westarctica holds non-consultative status with the

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - NGO Branch

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