Aim: To enable undergraduates to undertake supervised research projects, which fall within the field of animal behaviour, defined as the sphere of interest of papers published in Animal Behaviour, lasting from 1 to 8 weeks during academic vacations under the auspices of Institutions of higher education. Undergraduates may also apply for awards for work to be carried out in the vacation immediately following graduation.
Eligibility: Awards will not be granted to support work that forms part of a degree course or participation in part of a larger project or expedition. The undergraduate applicant need not be a member of ASAB. The project should be agreed and recommended by the proposed supervisor and also the Head of Department (one of whom must be a member of ASAB).
Funding criteria: Proposals are ranked on a scale from 1 to 3 (1 being the best). Criteria considered include: evidence that the student has conceived the project and has taken a lead role in the application, novelty and originality of research proposed, interest and novelty of the biology investigated, the likelihood of the proposed work to make a significant contribution to questions of broad relevance (rather than taxon-specific relevance), the robustness of the scientific approach adopted (e.g. sound experimental design and hypothesis-testing where relevant), and the ability of the proposed work to open exciting new avenues of research for more substantial research funding. Typically, between one and three of the top-ranking proposals will be funded on any given call (March, July, November), depending on the current availability of funding and the intensity of competition.
Award: This will consist of an amount towards subsistence for the student and an amount towards research project expenses for the Institution concerned. The amounts awarded will be calculated on the basis of a weekly rate, which is reviewed annually. The current rates are £150.00 per week towards subsistence and £40.00 per week towards research expenses.
Application date: Applications should be received by 1st March, 1st July or 1st November, by the Secretary of the Grants Committee.
Application Format: Applicants can download the application form here. When completing the form, applicants should give a clear outline of the proposed project and, where applicable, brief references to other scientific papers or work that have bearing on the proposed investigation. Applications should be supported by the supervisor and the Head of Department.
Application submission: Applications should be saved as surnameUG.doc and submitted to the Secretary of the Grants Committee as an email attachment.
Decisions will be made by the Grants Committee, a sub-committee of ASAB Council, following meetings of ASAB in March/April, July/August/September or December. Candidates can expect to be notified of the outcome of their application in May following March submission, September following the July deadline and January following November submission.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a report form within three months of completion of the scholarship. The report form is available here, and should be saved as surnameRep.doc and submitted to the Secretary of the Grants Committee as an email attachment. Part of this report may be published in the ASAB Newsletter, subject to approval by the Editor. They should also acknowledge the financial aid received from ASAB in publications that result from the research. A copy of all such publications should be submitted to the Secretary of the Grants Committee. Successful applicants are also encouraged to submit a poster, or paper, on their work to an ASAB conference.
Information on research awards made in the previous round can be found here.