Student Grants and Awards

Student Awards

Awards available to student members of ISRS are:

  1. Six Graduate Fellowships in Reef Ecosystems: these are  small research grants (currently of US $2,500 each) awarded competitively each year to graduate students to enable them to undertake fieldwork or visit another laboratory to undertake a relevant analysis on a topic related to Reef Ecosystems. Applications should be submitted each year by 31st January, with the successful candidates normally being made known by the end of March.  For more information, see below.
  2. One or more Best Poster Awards, at least two at each International Coral Reef Symposium, and at least one at each ISRS-affiliated regional conference. For more information, see below.
  3. One or more Best Presentation Awards, at least two at each International Coral Reef Symposium, and at least one at each ISRS-affiliated regional conference. For more information, see below.

 

Best Student Poster Awards

To be eligible for this award a graduate or undergraduate student (or recent student) must

  • be the person presenting the poster (where this is expected during a formal poster session),
  • be the first author on the poster concerned,
  • be a current member of ISRS at the commencement of the meeting (unless otherwise specified),
  • be a registered student at the time of abstract submission.

At least two awards will be given at each ICRS and at least one at each other ISRS sponsored or affiliated regional or special topic meeting. The winners will receive a certificate, free membership to the society for the following two years and (if available) additional items.

In order to be considered for the award the student or another member of the society on their behalf must submit prior to the opening of the conference a relevant notification form. For the international coral reef symposia (including ICRS13) the notification is included in the registration process. For other sponsored events this form may be used [Application Form] and should be submitted directly to the conference organiser(s).

Best Student Oral (Spoken) Presentation Awards

To be eligible for this award a graduate or undergraduate student (or recent student) must

  • be the presenter of the paper,
  • be the first or second author of the presentation concerned,
  • be a current member of ISRS at the commencement of the meeting (unless otherwise specified),
  • be a registered student at the time of abstract submission.

At least two awards will be given at each ICRS and at least one at each other ISRS sponsored or affiliated regional or special topic meeting. The winners will receive a certificate, free membership to the society for the following two years and (if available) additional items.

In order to be considered for the award the student or another member of the society on their behalf must submit prior to the opening of the conference a relevant notification form. For the international coral reef symposia (including ICRS13) the notification is included in the registration process. For other sponsored events this form may be used and should be submitted directly to the conference organiser(s) [Application Form].

Presentations will be evaluated by a panel of suitably experienced meeting participants using a standardized evaluation format. Scores will be collated after the last talk has been given and the awards presented at the end of the meeting.

Graduate Fellowships in Reef Ecosystems

The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) is committed to encouraging and supporting students interested in coral reefs, and, for 2017, will be offering six Graduate Fellowships for research on Coral Reef Ecosystems, three of which will be reserved for students coming from  developing countries in different parts of the world. The fellowships are available to students who are either student or full members of ISRS, and are already admitted to a Research Masters or PhD program at an accredited University or College. The fellowships provide funding (currently US $2,500 per award) which may be used to cover the costs of fieldwork, or of visiting another laboratory, in order to obtain results that are to be included within a thesis submitted for a research degree (e.g. PhD, MPhil, or MSc by research).  The funding is not available for use after a student has submitted their thesis, nor to cover the costs of attendance at a Conference.

In addition to providing funding, ISRS will assist the successful candidates in liaising with other members who may be in a position to assist their research, while in turn the holders are required to prepare reports on their progress for publication in Reef Encounter and on the society's website.

Specifications for the 2017 application round may be downloaded here: Graduate Fellowship Applications 2017. Applications should be submitted by 31st January 2017, with the successful candidates expected to be made known by the end of March 2017.

Students are eligible for one of the fellowships reserved for members from a Developing Country even if they are undertaking their studies in, or are proposing to visit another laboratory in, a non-developing country. A Developing Country in this context means a country which is NOT in the list of high-income countries as defined by the World Bank. Currently this list includes: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, China, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Rep., Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein , Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal , Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)