The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre property in Cambridge and North Dumfries, Ontario at the confluence of the Grand and the Speed Rivers. The goal of rare is to protect this environmentally sensitive landscape intact, in perpetuity, and to promote the use of the property for education and research. The property includes a broad range of habitats including riparian zones, upland and lowland deciduous forest (old-growth and second-growth), savanna, cliffs, coldwater streams, deciduous swamps, marshes, hedgerows, agricultural fields and old fields.
The rare Scholarship in Graduate Research is valued at $4,000 and is open to all Canadian and International graduate students who will conduct field research on rare property between May 2014 and April 2015. The field of study is open and could include, but is not limited to, research in ecology, zoology, geology, restoration ecology, hydrology, botany, soil science, archaeology, agriculture and education. The Scholarship will allow students to study in a relatively undisturbed, yet highly accessible site. The monetary award will help ensure successful candidates have the necessary resources to conduct and report on their research at rare. It will also allow the student to give an oral presentation at a conference in their discipline.
- Applications can be submitted until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014.
- Students will be required to provide a final report to rare by Monday, May 4th, 2015.
- The successful applicant will be notified by May 14th, 2014. A sum of $3,500 will be awarded shortly thereafter while the remaining $500 will be awarded in May, 2015, upon successful completion of the requirements of the scholarship (including the final report and conference presentation).
- The recipient will retain all intellectual property rights.
- The research will be required to go through the normal rare Research Application approval process.
- Please include your name, telephone number and email address, the name of your supervisor, department and university where the research will be completed;
- Please submit current university transcripts from all institutions you attend or attended as an undergraduate or postgraduate student;
- Include the names, telephone numbers and email addresses for two references who can best assess your academic credentials.
- Provide an outline of the proposed research (3-5 pages) including:
- the problem the research is addressing;
- your hypothesis;
- your sampling design, field equipment and statistical tests that will be employed;
- the length of time fieldwork will be conducted at rare;
- the areas at rare where you will be sampling (give specific habitats and/or precise locations if possible);
- details on how the results will be made available to academics and the general public.
- Submit all documents to:
Jenna Quinn, Research Coordinator
rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N3H 4R8.