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The Tropical Conservation Institute IRES Madagascar Program 2018 (Fully Funded research training program in Madagascar)

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Application Deadline:November 1, 2018, at 11:59pm:

The Tropical Conservation Institute is seeking 4 outstanding undergraduate students and 2 master’s students to participate in TCI’s IRES Program, a research training program in lemur, sea turtle and marine mammal conservation in Madagascar. Students from all universities are welcome to apply.

Selected students will participate in the following activities:

  1. Pre-field IRES-Madagascar course; Spring 2019 (0-1 credit): 16hrs of course-work at FIU (online for non-FIU students) on research and conservation field methods, preparing for research in Madagascar (culture, socio-economic background and logistics), and proposal preparation.
  2. Paid internship in Madagascar; Summer 2019 (0-3 credits): Seven weeks of data collection on lemur, sea turtle or marine mammal conservation in Nosy Be Island, NW Madagascar. All field expenses (travel, equipment, lodge, food, health insurance) will be covered. In addition, a $500/week Fellowship Award will be provided to students during the 7-week field internship.
  3. Post-field IRES-Madagascar course; Fall 2019 (0-1 credit): 16hrs of course-work at FIU (online for non-FIU students) on data analyses and interpretation, publication write-up, and presentations.


  • Participants are required to take part in all three phases of the program. Activities include attending pre- and post-field courses, going to the field and collecting data, co-authoring publications, giving professional presentations, and preparing video products about the program.
  • While in the field, students will live together in a fully-equiped house and will participate in various field and outreach activities.
  • All field expenses (travel, equipment, room, food, travel insurance) will be covered, participants will only be responsible for any personal expenses.

Students should have a strong interest in animal conservation, have basic knowledge of ecological research principles and procedures, and be comfortable with spending 7 weeks in Madagascar collecting data and working in forest or marine environments. Students must be self-motivated and willing to assist in research and work-related duties. Previous experience doing field-work is a plus.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials by November 1, 2018, at 11:59pm:

  • The application form
  • A letter of interest (400-word limit)
  • A YouTube link to a video cover-letter (1min limit) specifying the reasons you are interested in this program, how you can contribute to the project and how it will affect your career
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous supervisors, professors or work associates

Send all materials to with subject line: “TCI IRES Program application.”

Fifteen candidates will be selected for interviews, out of which six will be offered a position in the TCI IRES Program. Applicants will be notified by November 15, 2018, at 11:59pm if they have been selected for an interview.

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Tropical Conservation Institute IRES Madagascar Program 2018

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