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Grants and Bursaries

Career Development Bursaries

The BOU bursary scheme is open to BOU ECR members only. The only exception is those from and still residing and working in a developing country (see list) can still apply without being a member.
Members – apply for your bursary here

Deadline for applications for 2021 awards: to be announced.


These aim to support short-term research positions for young (or early career) ornithologists, between a first and higher degree programme or immediately after completion of a higher degree.

Successful grant proposals will combine the applicant’s development of skills that will be useful for their future career in ornithology with sound science.

Awards up to £2,500 are available.

Guidelines (PDF).

Download 2020 guidelines and application form.
Closing date 31 October 2019.

See previous awards here.
World map grant locations
The BOU has a long history of supporting ornithological projects around the world with grants, and in recent years, bursaries. Here are the localities benefiting from BOU support since 1972.
Image | Lab technician © Elfego Cuevas Domínguez

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