TCD Field 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 (i.e. Doctoral level funding is intended for initial site visits and preliminary research activities only).

Grants will average $2,000 each, but may vary depending on travel costs to the research site, the availability of funds, and whether the recipient has received research funding from other sources. The TCD Field Research Grant is made possible by The Ford Foundation Endowment. TCD funds may be used for international travel, in-country travel, lodging, meals, and other research-related expenses.

Safety Abroad

Important information on health and safety abroad.

Eligibility Preferences

  • Proposals may be from any TCD-affiliated department and any discipline associated with those departments. Preference is given to students enrolled in the TCD certificate program.
  • Students may receive only one TCD field research grant per degree program.
  • Doctoral level funding is intended for initial site visits and preliminary research activities only.
  • Preference is given to interdisciplinary projects and those that bridge theory and practice. Proposals should make an explicit link between the research topic and conservation and/or development in the tropics, including sub-tropical and temperate areas in developing countries (e.g., southern Africa, southern cone of South America, Greater Himalayan region.)
  • Proposals are reviewed and ranked by an interdisciplinary committee of UF faculty with expertise in conservation and development issues.

Application Requirements

  • A completed application form
  • A completed budget form
  • One letter of recommendation from the student’s adviser
  • UF transcript (unofficial copy OK)
  • An ‘Abstract’ (200 words or less) that describes your planned research and its significance in non-technical language
  • A timetable for the proposed research project
  • A proposal that includes:
    • Clear research questions/hypothesis
    • Description of methods
    • References to the relevant literature
    • Feasibility and significance of the proposed project
    • Strategy for disseminating research findings to appropriate audiences
  • Please also note about the proposal:
    • PhD proposals should outline the overall Ph.D. project (and specify the research goals for the initial site visit)
    • It should be written in language accessible to reviewers from different discipline
    • The proposal + timetable should be 4 single-spaced pages, without counting bibliography.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2018

Electronic submission required

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


Patricia Sampaio
Program Coordinator
343 Grinter Hall