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The Tropical Conservation Institute is seeking four outstanding undergraduate students and two 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 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.

Program Phases:

  1. Pre-field semester; Spring 2019 (0-1 credit).
  2. Paid internship in Madagascar; Summer 2019 (0-3 credits)
    • All field expenses (travel, accommodation, food, travel insurance) will be covered. Also, a $500/week Fellowship Award will be provided to students during the 7-week field internship.
  3. Post-field semester; Fall 2019 (0-1 credit)

Program Activities:

  • Attending classes
  • Collecting field data
  • Co-authoring publications
  • Professional presentations
  • Preparing video products about the program

To Apply:

  • Complete the application form
  • Submit 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.

Applicants must send all materials to with subject line “TCI IRES Program Application” by November 1, 2018, at 11:59pm. 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 visit the program site for more information.