Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research application period ends September 15, 2019

The University of California Berkeley natural history field stations and reserves are delighted to announce  “The Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research.” Awards will be granted to graduate students to support high quality research that is carried out primarily in the field, based in or around Berkeley’s Natural History Field Stations:

Angelo Coast Range Reserve
Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
Hastings Natural History Reservation
Point Reyes Field Station
Sagehen Creek Field Station

Proposals of up to five pages (total) describing the project, its importance, and proposed methods and logistics, must be submitted by September 15, 2019 to with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line. Awards of up to $22,000 will be made to support field research beginning in 2020. Funding may be requested for a single field season or multiple field seasons, and for work at or around a single or several reserves. Support allocations (amount per student, potential for renewal) are flexible, as long as the research is field-based, is of excellent quality, and is substantially improved by this support.

Awardees will be selected by a faculty review committee comprised of the Directors of the UC Berkeley Natural History Field Stations (listed above) and will be announced October 15, 2019.

Post Award obligations: 

1) Awardees will be required to present their findings to the local community around the field station(s), for example at town meetings or at workshops organized by local conservation, educational, or citizen science groups.

2) Each awardee must give a 20-minute presentation at a Baird Fest field station symposium scheduled during the fall after their award, and report their research accomplishments to by 15 November of the year in which the award was received.

3) By April 15, 2021, a fuller report (with full analyses, photos, videos, links, etc.) should be sent to the same email address,  Both reports will be evaluated by the faculty review committee, and forwarded to the funding Foundation.

Relevant dates:

September 15
Applications must be received at

October 15
Awards will be announced.

November 15
Reports from awardees due, submitted to with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line. Reports should describe research accomplishments based on the award, including scientific findings, publications, and reports, videos, and links to public workshops, lectures, or presentations.

April 15, subsequent year
More complete reports, with manuscript drafts if available, data analyses, photos, videos, and other links should be sent to with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line.

Carol Baird

Carol Baird