Summer 2020 Scholarship

Some of you may already be aware, but I am studying BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at University. I am thoroughly enjoying it, and I also know that I want to delve into conservation once I have finished my degree (and potential masters and PhD, far thinking I know).

As I have known for a while where I have wanted my life to go, I have based my travels around it. For example, when I went to South Africa to work on a conservation project (which you can read about here) and when I volunteered for a couple of weeks in a greyhound centre in Spain (which you can also check out here).

So what is my next adventure?

North America!

Starting on the 25th June and finishing on the 25th August, I will be interning at Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary alongside the American Bear Association to work with wild black bears. Once I have done this, or while I am doing this, I will be sure to write a blog post about what interns can expect and how to get an internship there, but that’s for another post.

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

However, I can let you guys know that I will be doing a side project while I am out there. Due to the nature of my studies, I want to take full advantage of the opportunity I have been given to study black bear behaviour.

Black bear

What is the study going to be about?

My plan for the study is to research if black bears have certain feeding sites that they visit or if they visit at random. Feeding sites, especially in wildlife sanctuaries, are places where workers prepare and leave out food for the animals. There is a lot of ethical debates about these, and you can read all about it on their website if you are interested.

The feeding site is visible to the left of the picture

I am setting up video cameras at a couple of feeding sites around the sanctuary, as well as being given access to previous years worth of telemetry data (it tells me where they have visited based on radio signals).

From here, I hope to determine if the black bears prefer certain sites, if they are territorial about these sites or if they go at random, and possibly why.

However! I have not just written this post to tell you about my study.

What is the point of this post?

I want to introduce everyone to the world of scholarships.

I am so thankful to my university for dropping this opportunity into my lap, as I applied for a scholarship with Santander. This scholarship is based towards students that are studying abroad (either with a company, or conducting their own research, basically any form of learning). You can read about it here.

Every year there are 20 spaces available, each with the potential to win £200 to £1,000 to place towards your trip. I was incredibly lucky to have been granted £800 to which I am very grateful.

The application process is fairly simple although I do recommend a bit of research before doing so.

I was asked these questions on the application form:

  • Previous education details – Please list your most recent qualifications and where appropriate, include professional qualifications.
  • Prizes, awards and scholarships – Please list below any prizes, awards or scholarships that you have received on the basis of academic excellence only.
  • Personal Statement – Please tell us a little about yourself, this could include details about your background, interest in your chosen programme of study, extra-curricular interests and plans after you have finished your course, etc (maximum 500 words).
  • Project Summary – Please provide a detailed summary of the study abroad/research project you wish to undertake.
  • Scholarship Criteria – Please explain how your project or activity will benefit from international collaboration or research at an overseas institution.
  • Financial Estimates – Please provide a detailed breakdown showing the approximate cost of your project / activity. Include information about any funding you may receive from other sources, including any intended personal, or other, financial contributions.

These do seem like long questions, but fairly simple to answer if you know what your studies are going to be about.

There are LOTS of other scholarships out there! Although this one is based towards students and people completing studies, I really recommend doing some research if you don’t fit this criteria and seeing what you can apply for. I really recommend checking out this post by Nomadic Matt which has a compilation of 50 scholarships and grants which may be of use to you!

I hope you have found this post interesting and helpful!

Let me know below if you know of any scholarships or grants you can apply for.

10 thoughts on “Summer 2020 Scholarship

  1. Thank you for sharing, I am so excited for you! One of my goals is also to help people realize all of the opportunities out there and scholarships and grants are definitely one of the ways for learning and developing yourself. Congrats!

  2. This is such an incredible opportunity, congratulations! You can also look for some black bears in my uncle’s pool in New Jersey, he doesn’t like camera there though haha. Kidding aside, that’s because their habitat is constantly being intruded on – what kind of sites do you hypothesize will be their preference?

  3. Congratulations on your scholarship! That is very exciting. I hope you enjoy your time in North America with the bears!

  4. What an amazing opportunity! I didn’t take advantage of opportunities when I was in school, but you are motivating me to apply for other travel opportunities! There are so many out there. What a cool way to travel! (Also, bears are one of my favorite animals, so I loved the photos!) Cheers to you and your future adventures!!

  5. This is awesome to know there are scholarships. The research you (and many others) do is so vital to understanding the world around us and how we interact with it. Congratulations on your scholarship!! Looking forward to reading all about it!

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