As a public service, "A Guide to Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships in International Forestry and Natural Resources" provides information to a broad range of individuals and groups concerning funding available world-wide in international forestry and natural resource studies.
Users of this guide may range from undergraduate and graduate students and predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates, to scholars and other professionals seeking funding for university tuition in forest ecology, forest conservation, timber management, or forest products research. Other users of the guide might include university students, faculty members, and other professionals seeking training fellowships, travel awards, and sabbatical funding. Still other users might include grant administrators of non-governmental organizations, institutions, and private corporations and individuals administrators of non-profit organizations seeking funding for local grass-roots natural resources management programs, agroforestry projects, and technical education, training, or outreach programs. Some may be members of minority groups seeking funding for graduate and post-doctoral research. In the latter case, an attempt has been made to identify specific and special sources of funding for minorities and women.
This book is a revision of the third edition of "A Guide to Grants and Fellowships in International Forestry and Natural Resources" by M. Elmo Drilling, Patrick B. Durst, and Michael Swisher, published by the United States Forest Service (USFS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in October 1993. The third edition was distributed free of charge, both nationally and internationally, by the USFS. Based upon demand, it is evident that it has been both popular and a resounding success. Demand for the publication continued to be high, despite the information being somewhat dated. This guide, the fourth edition [also available Free of Charge], updates and revises much of the information in the third edition and includes a bibliography and list of internet-based sources of information.
In the short period of time allotted to revise the third edition, it was not possible to make it a comprehensive compendium. Indeed, this was not the objective of the original, nor of the current, publication. However, an attempt has been made to make the publication reflect the inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary nature of international forestry and natural resource studies. To augment the guide further, a short bibliography has been provided to enable individuals to search for other sources of funding not listed in the publication. In addition, information is provided on searching techniques and international sources of information about grants, fellowships, and scholarships available on the internet.
Every attempt has been made to verify the information in this guide by personal communication with the administrators of the programs. Where this has not been possible, information from the previous guide has been included in a separate section with the caveat that the program or selected awards may have been discontinued, or that the information may be dated. Where necessary, the wording of original program information has been modified for clarity and brevity, and to provide a standardized format.
Many organizations listed in this guide rely heavily upon larger philanthropic organizations and government agencies for their funding. The larger donor organizations continue to enact austerity programs in concert with national and global consolidation of governments and businesses. As a result, some programs have been discontinued, and for others the amounts of awards have been reduced. Administrators of nearly 300 organizations were contacted in preparing this guide. Of those organizations listed in the previous edition, nearly 20 percent discontinued their programs and 10 percent failed to respond to inquiries by the deadline. Never the less, numerous new organizations have been added to the guide.
The guide is divided into hyper-textual pages. Within a page, it is possible to go to top of a page using the "up" button  at the left margin. Within a page, it is possible to go to a previous or subsequent page using the "left" and "right" directional buttons[ ]. At the bottom of each page is a linear list of links to all sections of the guide, the USDA and USFS Home Pages, and to prior and subsequent pages. In the upper-most title bar of Netscape and related browsers, the title and number of each hyper textual page is listed. For example:
Title [Name & Page No.]
USFS: Guide to Grants, Fellowships ... Intro -1 [Introduction - Page 1]
USFS: Guide to Grants ...User's Guide-2 [User's Guide - Page 2]
USFS: Guide to Grants, ..I. Verified-3 [Section I: Verified - Page 3]
USFS: Guide to Grants, ..II. Un-verified-4[Section II: Unverified - Page 4]
USFS: Guide to Grants, ..III.New, un-verified -5 [Section III: New, Unverified - Page 5]
USFS: Guide to Grants, ..IV.Special:-6 [Section IV: Special - Page 6]
USFS: Guide to Grants, ..V.Internet-7 [Section V:Internet Resources - Page 7]
USFS: Guide to Grants, ..VI. Bibliography-8 [Section VI: Bibliography - Page 8]
USFS: Guide to Grants, .. Thanks & Goodbye-9 [Thanks for Visiting - Page 9]
USFS: Guide to Grants, .. Icons and Notes-10 [Guide to Icons and Notes - Page 10]
This guide is divided into six sections containing information about grants, fellowships, and scholarships in international forestry and natural resources as explained below:
Verified Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships - In this section are all grants, fellowships, and scholarships that have been verified, through contact with administrators of the programs, as being available. This includes those listed in the 1993 edition that are still offered in 1996 and numerous new programs.
Unverified Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships from the 1993 Edition - This section lists all funding programs of organizations listed in the 1993 edition for which administrators failed to respond to requests for updated information by the required deadline. All information in this section is provided only to allow candidates to contact the organizations themselves to determine any changes and/or to confirm continuance of the programs.
New, Unverified Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships - In this section are newly added, but unverified programs. The author cannot guarantee that the material provided is current, nor that the programs still are offered. Awards were obtained from other publications or internet sources that may have had material several years older than the publication date.
Special Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships for Minorities and Women - This provides a list of selected funding sources for members of minority groups and those for women.
Internet-based Sources of Information on Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships - This section provides a list of Uniform Resource Locator (URL) addresses for various WWW Home Pages on the internet which are sources of information about grants, fellowships, and scholarships. In addition, it provides URL's for various Home Pages of relevance to forestry and natural resources, on-line guides, and search engine locations.
Bibliography - This section provides a short bibliography of current publications and access to the internet's most comprehensive list.
One can obtain a copy of this guide by post, electronic mail, or via the World Wide Web on the internet.
To obtain a copy of this guide by mail, write to the address below:
USDA Forest ServiceUSAID Program Coordinator
P. O. Box 96090
Washington, DC 20090-6090 USA
TEL: (202) 273-4695
FAX: (202) 273-4749
To request a copy of this guide by E-Mail, write to the following address: Requests
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If you have information about new programs, or in reading this publication you notice erroneous information about programs in this guide, please take the time to enhance the value of future editions by sending updated information to International Forestry's USAID Program Coordinator at the address listed above. Thank you for your cooperation.
Alternately, please send your comments or suggestions to: Guide Comments
I would like to thank the authors of the previous edition of this publication, Mr. M. Elmo Drilling, Mr. Patrick B. Durst, and Mr. Michael Swisher, for their public service. I am particularly grateful to Mr. Mark Buccowich and Ms. Robin Maille with the International Forestry Program of the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC, for their continuing assistance and support with every aspect of this and other projects. My gratitude extends to Ms. Jan Engert and the staff of International Forestry for use of all USDA facilities. Thanks to Ms. E. J. Caplan for supporting the idea of having this publication put online, and made accessible via anonymous File Transfer Protocol (FTP) from the USDA'USFS WWW Home Page. Thanks also to various staff members for editorial commentary, and to Ms. Mary Jane Senter for pre-publication guidance. I would like to thank the many administrators of funding programs, world-wide, who have provided updated information and assistance. I am grateful to Mark Kantrowitz for use of his extensive, annotated, and comprehensive online Financial Aid Resources
Lastly, special thanks to my wife, Maryclare Job, for putting up with my long hours typing on the computer, and tunneling through the internet at all hours of the day and night. Damon A. Job
Please note that providing access to World Wide Web or Gopher sites listed in this document does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nor the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), but rather is provided solely as a public service.
The original bibliography for A Guide to Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships in International Forestry and Natural Resources included references extracted and modified, with permission, from: Mark Kantrowitz's Bibliography of Books about Financial Aid. Neither Mr. Kantrowitz nor the FINAID site are affiliated with the USDA nor the USFS.
Neither this guide, nor any of the links accessible through it, should be used as a sole source of information about financial advise and support. There is no substitute for the professional academic and financial advise that is available free of charge to every student in the majority of universities and colleges world-wide, nor for the use of a library maintaining a comprehensive collection of books and manuscripts.
A Guide to Grants,
Fellowships, and Scholarships in International Forestry and Natural Resources
By: Damon A. Job
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Updated: March 1, 1997