Building human capacity for natural resource management in Guyana


This grant programme is intended to support University of Guyana students undertaking research projects addressing biodiversity conservation, forestry, sustainable natural resource use, marine/freshwater systems, and human well-being linked to the environment. These research grants are made possible by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas, and the Tropical Conservation and Development Program at the University of Florida (USA). To learn more, please click here to view a flyer about the program.

The maximum grant allocation is USD$2,000 (GYD$ 410,000 GYD), with awards based on quality of proposal (i.e. potential impact of research), the availability of funds, and whether the recipient has received research funding from other sources.
Funds may be used for research equipment, stipends for research assistants, in-country travel, lodging, meals, out-of-country travel to work with collaborators that leads to a published article and other research-related expenses. Funding for participants to attend conferences or workshops will not be supported through these grants.

Required Application Materials

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal that includes:
    • Project justification
    • Clear research questions/goals
    • Description of methods
    • Feasibility and significance of the proposed project
    • Strategy for disseminating research findings to appropriate audiences (Successful applicants will be asked to submit an ‘Abstract’ of 200 words or less that describes their research and its significance in non-technical language once study has been completed, and will be published in a local newspapers)
    • References to the relevant literature
  • A completed budget form
  • One letter of recommendation from the student’s University of Guyana advisor who can attest to skills / experience to complete the research project and verify that the student is currently enrolled in research credits. If you are applying for funds to travel abroad to work with advisor in his/her lab you must have a letter of support  from the advisor.
  • A timetable for the proposed research project
  • A curriculum vitae (Max 2 pages)

Please note about the proposal:

  • It should be written in English and form that is accessible to reviewers from different disciplines.
  • Students can also contact technical experts for mentorship in proposal development and project implementation in the field of research they are interested in conducting”.


Proposals may be from undergraduate, masters, or PhD students pursuing degrees in biology, forestry or environmental science, and any discipline associated with those departments at the University of Guyana.

  • Students may receive only one UG research grant per degree program.
  • Proposals should make an explicit link between the research topic and conservation and/or natural resource management in Guyana.
  • Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by an interdisciplinary committee with expertise in conservation and development issues.

Application Deadline

Grants will be reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis until research funds are exhausted. Please note the following review deadlines for 2017: September 30, 2017 & December 31, 2017.

Electronic submission required

  • Please send documents as single PDF/word document
  • Required documents in the same order as listed above
  • Recommendation and support letters should be sent directly by email to the contact below.

Submission of grants

Please submit the completed application/proposal and all supporting materials to:

If any additional information is required, please contact Matt Hallett, Dr. Anand Roopsind or Dr. Gyanpriya Maharaj at

Research Grant Recipients