MSc Primate Conservation fee-waiver scholarship for 2017 start

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

MSc Primate Conservation fee-waiver scholarship for 2017 start

An annual MSc Primate Conservation Fee Waiver Scholarship is available to a student with suitable academic credentials who has significant experience working with any aspect of primate conservation in a country where non-human primates are native.

This will cover 100% of the tuition fees and applications are open to students intending to start their course in September 2017. Applicants for the scholarship will need to hold an offer before submitting their application form. You can request this form from for submission before 31 May 2017.

Past recipients of the scholarship have included:

Felix Ndagijimana, who became the first Rwandan director of the Karisoke Research Center in January 2012. He oversees all of Karisoke’s research and protection programs for mountain gorillas and other species in Volcanoes National Park, as well as health and education programs in the communities surrounding the park. He administers a staff of more than 100, including trackers, anti-poachers, research assistants, and administrative personnel.

Ndagijimana was first hired as a research assistant at Karisoke in 2004 and served as deputy director after earning his MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in 2008.

Panut Hadisiswoyo, who founded the Orangutan Information Centre in 2001 to support the protection of Sumatra’s Leuser forests, its biodiversity and surrounding forest-dependent communities. He has aided in the restoration of degraded areas and established action plans that support sustainable livelihoods as well as ecosystem protection. He was shortlisted for a Forest Heroes Award in recognition of his tireless dedication to protecting Sumatran orangutans and their forests.

Alba Lucia Morales Jimenez, whose main interest is the study and conservation of Neotropical primates. Her first investigation in this field was about red howler monkey density and home range size at a National Park in Colombia, which she followed with her MSc in Primate Conservation, including a dissertation applying GIS to the selection of priority areas for conservation of spider monkeys in Colombia. Alba then coordinated two conservation programs in two endangered primate species in Colombia (Ateles hybridus and Saguinus leucopus). Her research has also included the phylogeny and phylogeography of Mesoamerican spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi and Ateles fusciceps), to try to understand their evolutionary history and contribute to their conservation.

Terence Fuh Neba, who was the winner of the Steve Taylor Conservation Award in 2015. Terence is a gorilla conservationist working in the Central African Republic to habituate wild western lowland gorillas to the presence of humans to facilitate research and tourism.

Innocent Chitalu Mulenga is general manager of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia, making him the first Zambian to oversee daily operations of the chimpanzee sanctuary since it was founded in 1983. Mulenga joined Chimfunshi as an education officer in 2005, and was promoted to project manager two years later alongside acheiving his MSc in Primate Conservation.

In 2012 Josia Razafindramanana was presented the Whitley Award for inspirational conservation leadership following her work to protect a rare lemur recently found living at scattered sites in the island’s central highlands. The award recognises Josia’s efforts as part of the Malagasy Primate Working Group to build a better future for one of the most elusive of Madagascar’s unique lemurs – the crowned sifaka – while also improving living standards for the communities who share its home amid fragments of forest. Her Whitley Award comprises a project grant of £30,000 – donated by The LJC Fund, in memory of Anthea and Lindsey Turner – an engraved trophy, membership of the influential network of past Whitley Award winners and career development training.

Because of the urgent need for the study of conservation, some private agencies offer scholarships with very particular eligibility criteria relating to gender, age, nationality, and domicile. Ask your local librarian for a guide to funding within your country. You could also try the following agencies:

For general sources of financial support at Oxford Brookes University, see: