Ducks Unlimited Canada
Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research
PO Box 1160
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
R0C 2Z0

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This year we have the following three awards available:

  1. Bonnycastle Fellowship for Prairie Ecosystem Studies
  2. Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Graduate Fellowship
  3. Waterfowl Research Foundation Fellowship

Only one application is required for all available fellowships. Applications for 2018 IWWR Graduate Research Fellowships must be received by 4:30 p.m. Central on November 17, 2017. Decisions regarding applications will be announced in February 2018.

Please note that competition is stiff. Applications are reviewed and ranked by a committee of Ducks Unlimited staff from Canada and the United States. They will be judged based primarily on the criteria listed below. Some fellowships have additional award criteria. Applications typically scoring highest have projects that are scientifically sound and clearly highlight potential contribution to a) basic biology (e.g. developing/testing ecological theory or addressing fundamental uncertainties in wetland and waterfowl ecology), b) waterfowl and/or wetland conservation, and c) Ducks Unlimited management decisions. Of these criteria, the first tends to be the weakest in otherwise competitive applications.

General scoring criteria:

  • Academic qualifications of the student
  • Career path
  • Scientific merit
  • Originality / creativity
  • Contributions to basic biology
  • Importance to conservation
  • Achievability
  • Ducks Unlimited mission alignment

Application Details

Applications should include the following. Electronic submissions and individual files for each major bullet below are strongly encouraged:

  • Research proposal, not more than 10 pages in length. The format is flexible, but should include:
    • An introduction to the problem (including a statement of relevance to DU)
    • Objectives and major hypotheses
    • The basic design of observations or experiments
    • General methods
    • A timetable
    • Cited literature
  • Proposed and, as applicable, multi-year budget with a list of any secured matching support (including personal support) and other pending applications
    • IWWR is a non-profit institution and does not pay indirect costs to cooperating universities and research institutions. This should be reflected in proposed budget.
  • Statement of career objectives (less than one page)
  • Statement of how hunting has shaped the candidate’s perspectives on conservation (less than one page, and only required if applying for the Waterfowl Research Foundation Fellowship)
  • Scanned image of hunting or sportsman licence (only required if applying for the Waterfowl Research Foundation Fellowship)
  • Resume of the student applicant
  • Qualification of supervisor(s) as related to project, include departmental web page if available (less than half a page)
  • Academic transcripts (can be photocopies) and GRE scores (if available, need not be official copies)
  • A letter of endorsement from the applicant’s advisor
  • Two additional letters of recommendation (can be sent separately, but may also be included in the application package)

Where to Apply

To inquire about or apply for IWWR fellowships, please contact:

Stuart Slattery
Manager of Conservation Science and Planning
Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research
Ducks Unlimited Canada
P.O. Box 1160
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada R0C 2Z0
Phone: (204) 467-3323
Fax: (204) 467-3410