Research Grants Program

The Center for Tropical Forest Science – Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS – ForestGEO) Research program is available for senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The students will get an opportunity to use existing Forest Dynamics Plots and conduct research in collaboration with scientists currently associated with these plots.

The Center for Tropical Forest Science and Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) is a unified, global network of forest research plots. The scientists of the CTFS are dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity.


To be considered for the scholarship, the candidates must follow the given criteria:

  • Anyone working directly in a CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Plot, analyzing plot data, or generating complementary data that strengthens CTFS-ForestGEO programs
  • Highly advanced undergraduate students
  • Social scientists and natural scientists are encourage to apply
  • Applicants of all nationalities are also eligible
  • Priority will be given to early-career researchers, researchers with less access to other institutional funds, and to projects that include multiple plots

How to Apply:

For applying the scholarship, the applicants must submit a single PDF document with all the following application materials to

  • ACTFS-ForestGEO cover form that can be downloaded from the link
  • A research proposal (1000-word limit), including:
    • introduction
    • description of the proposed research that includes the relevance to one or more of the CTFS – ForestGEOForest Dynamics Plots(
    • research objectives, including clearly stated hypotheses and expected significance
    • research plan, including detailed methods
    • anticipated outcomes
    • significance of the work to a broader discipline
    • references (not included in the word limit)
  • A list of project collaborators.
  • Proof that the applicant has contacted plotPrincipal Investigators ( ) BEFORE submitting a proposal (e.g., through inclusion of email correspondence)
  • A Curriculum Vitae (limit 2 pages), including the applicant’s contact information, educational background, current and previous fellowships and grants, and research interests.
  • A detailed budget and project timeline
  • Potential referees. Provide contact information for two people who could review the proposed research but are not current collaborators or advisors.

Award Amount:

The CTFS-ForestGEO research grants will be in the $2,000-$15,000 range.

Application Deadline:

All application materials must be received by 5PM EDT, Monday, June 15th, 2015.

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