The Tropical Conservation and Development Fund enriches the learning and research opportunities to TCD graduate students. Gifts to this fund will support graduate fellowships, field research, conference travel, practitioner experiences, or visiting scholars (see below the summaries of each one of these). To target your gift to a particular activity, please include a comment expressing your wishes.
Please join in supporting TCD's positive impacts though a single or multi-year contribution to the Tropical Conservation and Development Fund. If you would like to make a gift, please click here or contact Bette Loiselle, TCD Director.
Field Research Grants
TCD Research Grants support field research addressing the issues of biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics at Master's and preliminary doctoral levels. In the latter case, TCD Field Research Grants provide critical pilot data that enables doctoral students to develop their dissertation research proposal and compete successfully for external grants. Amounts awarded vary depending on travel costs to the research site, duration, and on-site costs of the project, and whether the recipient has received research funding from other sources.
Conference and Course Travel Awards
TCD provides funding on a competitive basis for students to advance their professional development through presentations at academic conferences or through advanced training in field courses or workshops. These funds are often matched by competitive awards secured by the students elsewhere. The amount awarded varies depending on location (regional, national, international) of the conference or duration and costs of the course or workshop.
Practical experience is an integral component of preparing for work in the field of tropical conservation and development. The TCD Practitioner Experience Program assists students in gaining practical experience by providing funds to support short-term professional activities that complement academic training. Unlike traditional internships, TCD Practitioner Experiences require that there be a partnership between the student and the host organization and are product-oriented.
Visiting Scientist/Professional Program
TCD Visiting Scientist/Professional Program provides awards to scientists or professionals from developing countries to interact with TCD faculty and students at the University of Florida. TCD visitors serve as mentors and collaborators to TCD students and faculty, enrich the academic programs by giving seminars, workshops, or short courses, and develop their own professional careers through opportunities to advance on data analysis, publications, or grant proposals.
TCD Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and provide stipend and tuition costs for a Master's level or doctorate-level student. Students are selected based on their academic record, previous work, and academic experience (i.e. study abroad programs; volunteer and service experiences; internships, etc.), career goals, leadership potential, and commitment to multidisciplinary research and training that embraces biological conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being.
Endowments provide a legacy for the donor and perpetual funding for the TCD program. To discuss creating an endowment, please contact Bette Loiselle, TCD Director.