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IALE 2023 Foreign Scholar Travel Award & Support

Application Deadline – May 21 @ 11:59 (PDT, i.e., UTC−07:00)

The International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) has provided limited funds to offset costs associated with attending the 11th IALE 2023 World Congress in Nairobi, Kenya, from 10th – 15th, July 2023. The organizing committee seeks applications from countries that have been historically underrepresented at previous IALE World Congresses. 

We especially encourage from graduate students and earlier career scholars from the Global South, with particular focus on women, to apply for the Foreign Scholar Travel Award (FSTA) for funds to offset registration and travel costs associated with attending the IALE 2023 World Congress in Nairobi.

1. Eligibility: 

a.     Applicants eligible if:

  • The applicant is from developing or least developed countries except Kenya
  • Have submitted an abstract which has been accepted for participation in the conference
  • Will be physically present at the IALE 2023 conference.

b.    Applicants are NOT eligible if:

  • The applicant is a citizen or current resident of Kenya.
  • The applicant is a citizen of a developed countries including European Union, United States country, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, China, and Australia 
  • The applicant (of any nationality) is currently studying in Kenya.
  • The applicant is a past recipient of the IALE Foreign Scholar Travel Award

2. Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants must have an accepted abstract for a paper or poster presentation at the IALE 2023 World Congress.   
  • Scientific merit and application to landscape ecology. We will favor applicants who demonstrate that their research (i) advances the scientific basis of landscape ecology, and/or (ii) the application of landscape ecology for natural resource management, sustainability, environmental resilience, etc.
  • Financial need. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and show that without FTSA support, they would not be able to attend the IALE 2023 World Congress.   
  • Professional development. Applicants must demonstrate that attending the IALE 2023 World Congress will represent a significant professional opportunity for developing their expertise in landscape ecology and establishing working relationships with landscape ecologists from other countries.  
  • Geographical representation. Selection may be made to maximize the number of countries and regions represented, especially women and applicants from the Global South. 
  • Clarity of English and expression.

3. How to Apply

All application materials must be in English. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. A complete application contains the following:

  • Name, Institution, Postal Address, Email address, Citizenship.
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 4 pages).
  • Title and abstract of the paper or poster you will present at the IALE 2023 World Congress.  
  • A summary of your research (2 pages maximum with 12pt font) explaining how your research extends the scientific basis or application of landscape ecology (see Selection Criteria listed above).
  • Statement on what you hope to gain professionally from attending the IALE-NA Conference (200 words maximum).
  • An explanation (300 words maximum) of why you need financial assistance to attend the IALE 2023 World Congress (see Selection Criteria listed above). 

Submit your FSTA application materials by May 21, 2023, via email to iale.2023<at> Include [FSTA] in the subject line. Acceptable formats include Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format and Adobe Acrobat (pdf). Please put all materials into a single file with your last name included in the filename (e.g., JAOd_IALE2023FSTA.doc). Files will be returned if materials are not combined into a single file.

4. How large are the Awards?

The award size will differ depending on the World Bank Income Country List and from the distance of your Country from Kenya, but the Maximum amount will not exceed $1200 (USD). We intend to support about 20 participants, based on the Selection Criteria listed above. The Foreign Scholar Travel Award winners will be contacted via email by the organising committee.

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