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Fellowship on 'Communities in Conservation': An initiative of FES in the
North-East, India. (Result Announcement)

Following the excellent response to the call for proposals and the quality of the applications received, we are awarding 2 fellowships on 'Communities in Conservation'. The fellows selected are (in alphabetical order):

Oinam Sunanda Devi

State : Manipur
Project : Studies on the avifaunal diversity in and around Yangoupokpi - Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary with special emphasis on Green Peafowl and their conservation awareness programs. A PhD research scholar in the Guwahati University, Sunanda has been involved in conservation programmes of the avifaunal species of North east India.

Under the fellowship, Sunanda intends to detail the birdlife of the area as well as compile information about the current population status and distribution records of the endangered Green Peafowl. The study also aims to help identify major threats to the species and contribute to a campaign among the local communities for future conservation of the bird in the region which is an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Pilot Divoh

State : Nagaland
Project : Bushmeat in Nagaland: impacts on wildlife and public health A Graduate Trainee at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, Pilot's research focuses on behaviour ecology and habitat study, prey predator relationship, molecular taxonomy, phylogeography and human genetics.

Under the fellowship, Pilot intends to make an inventory of wild species that are sold in the markets of Nagaland for food, and identify those amongst them that are endangered. Pilot proposes to study the presence of infectious disease and avian influenza in migrant birds within these species as also test the possibility of the migratory Amur falcon being the reservoir of the avian influenza in North east India.

Call for fellowships


Deadline: September 25, 2011.

Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is pleased to announce a fellowship program that supports activities / research by individuals from the 8 North Eastern states on governance and conservation of the rich biodiversity values of the region.

Support will be provided for (but not restricted to) efforts that promote issues of:

A. Governance of natural resources.
B. Community conserved areas.
C. Biodiversity beyond protected areas.

The Fellowship:

A. Would be up to Rs. 2,00,000/- (two lakhs) and for a maximum period of 18 (eighteen) months.
B. Encourage individuals eager to comprehend and conserve the biodiversity values of the region. They could be engaged in employment (full time / part time) / pursuing academics or otherwise.
C. Would favour activities that lead towards field level conservation while age and academic qualifications are not a bar.

Applications can be sent to and should include curriculum vitae of the applicant, detailed proposal and justification on how the actions would benefit conservation. Candidates are encouraged to share reports, images, web-links and write-ups of their earlier efforts.

FES requests friends to share information on the fellowship and welcomes enquires at / 02692 261402 / 0 89782 79595.

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