Conservation Action Research Network (CARN) invites applications for Congo Basin Grant Program for African graduate students and early career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.

Brief Description: The Congo Basin rain forests comprise one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world and harbor an estimated 20% of all known species of plants and animals. While efforts are underway to implement conservation projects, habitat conversion, mineral extraction, forest degradation and deforestation continue at accelerating rates. Exacerbating these threats, the African continent, and the Congo Basin in particular, is predicted as one of the regions to be most severely affected by climate change. Recent projections suggest rainfall patterns will change dramatically and 50% of African mammals are at risk of extinction if the rise in mean global temperature exceeds 3°C, an increase predicted to occur by the end of the century (IPCC 2014). Furthermore, impacts from severe water and food scarcity, environmental deterioration, agricultural pests, emerging human diseases, and climate change impede the development of constructive and sustainable conservation solutions. To meet these challenges, Central Africa desperately needs a new generation of environmental and conservation experts.

Award Includes: Research grants of up to $5,000 USD value are awarded to African graduate students.

Study Program: Grants are available to pursue research programme.

Study Major: Grants are awarded in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region.

Host Organization: Conservation Action Research, Congo Basin

Number of Awards: CARN awarded six CBGP grants last year.

National/International Students: Students from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Uganda are eligible to apply for this programme.

Governing Body: Conservation Action Research, Congo Basin

Application Procedure: The mode of application is online. To complete your application you will need: Contact Information, Description of Proposed Project, Budget (not to exceed $5,000 USD), Curriculum Vitae and Two Letters of Reference.

Submission Deadline: The application deadline is May 1, 2015.

For more details visit the official site.