East and Southeast Asia Travel Fund

Available for Qualified Ornithologists

Limited travel funds are available to qualified ornithologists/students who have residency in East and South East Asia to attend International Ornithological Congresses or other meetings important to the IOU.  Up to $2500 can be claimed for reimbursement that go specifically toward air transportation and hotel lodging only.

Qualifications Include:

  • Be a researcher or student dedicated to the field of ornithology and reside in East or South East Asia (countries to include, but are not limited to: Siberia east of the Yenisey River, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, China-Hong Kong-Macao, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia including the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore).

  • Provide detailed application materials as outlined below three months before the date of the intended meeting.

  • Must be a member of the International Ornithologists’ Union – see http://www.internationalornithology.org/to join.

  • Fund recipients are highly encouraged to present their research at the meetings.

  • Multiple requests from the same individual for the same conference will not be considered.

Application Materials Include:

Please submit the following information in a succinct email (e.g., all materialsare to be sent in the same email – including your letters of recommendation) electronically (the address will be announced at the appropriate time). Make the subject line of your email read “Application to East and Southeast Asia Travel Fund.”

  • 1. Full name, mailing address, phone/email, country of current residency and educational degree obtained/pursuing.

  • 2. A self-written letter stating your current research within the field of ornithology and/or degree pursuing within ornithology and a brief description of the professional benefit you anticipate from attending an 2018 IOCongress® or another important meeting relöated to the IOU.

  • 3a. For practicing ornithologists, please write about your current research, education obtained, involvement with conservation programs concerning birds in East and Southeast Asia; including but not limited to studies in both developed and undisturbed habitats, collaborative projects among Asian individuals and institutions (academic, government, business, NGO’s, etc.). Please also include a copy of your resume.

  • 3b. For students: In addition to introducing your research and/or conservation activities concerning East and SE Asian birds, two letters of recommendation for support are required (one letter must come from your faculty supervisor or department chair). Please also include a copy of your student identification card.

  • 4. A cost estimate of your travel/lodging expenses to participate in your conference of choice.

  • 5. Proof of registration for the congress or meeting. A copy your abstract acceptance is also desired, yet not required.

Selection and Announcement Process:

  • A committee will review applications.
  • Attention will be given to the specific details provided in the application, special needs based requests, balance between practicing researchers and students making fund requests.

  • Successful candidates will be notified at least two months prior to the meeting date. After an applicant has received travel support approval, it will be his/her responsibility to make their own travel arrangements (air/hotel only) and to participate in the IOCongress® or meeting.

Funds Reimbursement Process:

  • Reimbursement of up to $2500 will be sent by bank wire transfer after attending the IOCongress® or meeting and upon receipt of itemized travel and lodging receipts.

  • The reimbursement will only cover transportation and lodging expenses. No other expenses will be covered (e.g., registration fee, paying for Visas/Passports, baggage charges, meals outside the Congress provided meal functions); no more than six (6) nights lodging will be covered and must be consistent with the dates of the Congress

This fund has been established through an anonymous contribution in memoriam of Sheldon R. Severinghaus.