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Funding for your research

The BOU offers two different award schemes for those undertaking ornithological research around the world.

Both our schemes are now open for applications for projects running from spring 2017.

An important change introduced last year was that both schemes are now open only to BOU members (all BOU members for grants and BOU ECR members for bursaries). The only exception is those from and still residing and working in a developing country (see list) can still apply without being a member. 

BOU Small Ornithological Grant Scheme

This scheme provides awards of up to £2,000 per project and is aimed at supporting small projects outright and to part-fund medium-sized research programmes.

  • View - grant guidelines and application form
  • View - previous awards
  • Deadline for applications 30 November 2016

BOU Career Development Bursaries

Our bursary scheme supports early-career researchers (students and those three-years post their last degree) undertake short-term (up to 10 weeks) ornithological research projects away from their home institute. Successful proposals will aim to develop the skills that will be useful for the applicant's future career in ornithology. Awards of up to £2,500 are available.

  • View - bursary guidelines and application form
  • View - previous awards
  • Deadline for applications 30 November 2016
  • View - other funding sources for ornithological research projects
Image credit: Researcher measuring heart rate in king penguins | Benoit Gineste (Evolutionary EcoPhysiology Group, CNRS) | CC-BY-2.0 | Wikimedia Commons

From avian tracking to population processes

28 - 30 March 2017
Warwick, UK
Details  |  #BOU2017 
How social are ornithologists?

The BOU's Steve Dudley and RSPB's Jen Smart presented a poster at NAOC2016 on the use of social media in ornithology. The poster is taken from their IBIS paper of the same title which looks at the rise of social media use by ornithologists and how this activity contributes to a research paper's Altmetric Attention Score.

View the poster and paper.
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