Rainforest Alliance canopy at igc.apc.org
Fri Feb 17 16:59:19 EST 1995

The Rainforest Alliance is pleased to announce that it is now
accepting applications for the 1995 Kleinhans Fellowship for
Research in Tropical Non-timber Forest Products.  Following is a
description of this program.
Guidelines for Application
(Applications Due April 3, 1995)
Purpose:   The purpose of this award is to promote research into
the practical means of managing and using tropical forest resources
without destroying the integrity of the forest ecosystem.  The
research will synthesize elements of conservation and business and
must lead to the development of a product or marketing technique
that can provide incomes for community-based groups living in or
near tropical forest areas. 
The results of the research should be an economically viable
strategy that encourages sustainable resource extraction from
tropical forests. This extraction could supply food, fiber,
medicinals or other products for which there is an existing or
potential domestic and/or foreign market.  Research concerning
products that encourage the reforestation of degraded areas is also
eligible.  Strategy options include using one or several forest
products, building on the knowledge of native forest inhabitants
(as long as this method proves useful to those same people), and
adding value to forest products through processing. 
At the end of the project, a thoroughly documented paper suitable
for publication is required.
Geographic Focus:  Please note that, as of 1995, the Kleinhans
Fellowship research area will be restricted to Latin America,
though projects that can eventually be replicated in other parts of
the world are encouraged.
Eligibility:  Research involving any tropical forest type, wet or
dry, in Latin America is eligible.  Anyone with a master's degree
in forestry, ecology, environmental science or appropriate related
fields may apply; doctoral candidates or post-doctoral researchers
preferred.  Applicants may substitute relevant experience for
Amount of the Award:   The fellowship provides a grant of $15,000
(US) per year, for two years.  Please note that the Fellowship will
not subsidize academic tuition and fees, nor will it cover costs of
purchasing transport vehicles or unnecessary or unreasonable
Administering Agency:   The Kleinhans Fellowship is administered by
the Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
conservation of tropical forests.  This fellowship is part of the
Rainforest Alliance's program to develop ecologically and socially
sound alternatives to the economic practices that cause tropical
forest destruction.
Judging:   Each application will be judged on the merits of the
proposal, the feasibility of the plan, and the qualifications of
the candidate.  Judging will be done by a panel of forestry
products experts and tropical conservationists.   The following are
some of the questions that will be asked: 
* Can the research be carried out as proposed? 
* Does the investigator appear to have the necessary skills and
experience to bring the research to a fruitful conclusion?  
* Is the proposal practical and does it have commercial potential? 
* Will the research help provide a livelihood for tropical forest
inhabitants, without causing the destruction of the forests?  
* If the research is site-specific, can the methodology be adapted
by people in other countries?  
* Is the project new and entrepreneurial?  
* Will the research be useful to someone with no business
experience and with little or no venture capital? 
Application Format:   There is no official application form. 
Completed applications will include the following: 
* A proposal in English that may not exceed five typed pages in
* An abstract, a review of the relevant literature, a budget,
references, and figures and appendices.
* A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae or resume.
* Two letters of recommendation in English.  
* A list of past, current and, potential funding sources for both
the applicant and the project.  
Please do not fax or e-mail applications. Proposals should be
clipped together, but not bound or enclosed in folders.  Also,
please do not send photographs or videos. 
All applicants must submit three copies of the entire application. 
This requirement may be waived for candidates residing in
developing countries. 
Schedule:   The fellowship will begin in September 1995.  Completed
applications, including all letters of reference, must be received
at the Rainforest Alliance office by 5:00 P.M., April 3, 1995. Send
application VIA REGULAR MAIL to: Rainforest Alliance, c/o Ina F.
Chaudhury, Kleinhans Fellowship, 65 Bleecker Street, New York, New
York, 10012, USA.
For more information, please the Rainforest Alliance: 212/677-1900.
Acknowledgement cards will be sent via regular mail approximately
three weeks after receipt of proposals.  The final decision will be
made in early June 1995.
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