Research training program in Madagascar

Group on a boat holding a sea turtle

The Tropical Conservation Institute is seeking four outstanding 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 2020 (16 hours of course-work).
  2. Paid internship in Madagascar; Summer 2020 (7 weeks).
    • All field expenses (travel, accommodation, food, travel insurance) will be covered. Also, students will receive a stipend during the 7-week field internship.
  3. Post-field semester; Fall 2020 (28 hours)

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 15, 2019, at 11:59pm EST.

Please visit the program site for more information.