Ceiba Research Application
Research Application Instructions:

Students and scientists interested in conducting research in Ceiba Foundation reserves should submit the application materials listed below - incomplete applications will not be considered. Researchers are expected to comply with the regulations and guidelines described in this document, and online at www.ceiba.org/research.htm including the general responsibilities.

While we will consider proposals on any relevant topic, we are particularly encouraging research related to orchid systematics, ecology and conservation, the ecology of the Spectacled Bear, montane and/or dry forest herpetofauna and avifauna, and the relationship between dry forest conservation and water quality. Please note that researchers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate research/collection permits and visas from the government of Ecuador. Researchers will not be allowed to begin work at Ceiba sites until all appropriate permits and visas are obtained from Ecuador, so we urge you to begin the permitting process as soon as possible. Ceiba can provide you with guidance on the proper authorities with whom to correspond.

To apply, send the following materials to Ceiba Foundation no later than 45 days prior to your intended start date.

Required application materials:
1. Ceiba research application
2. Your CV (curriculum vitae) or resume.
3. A research abstract in Spanish - 500 words or less, briefly stating the objectives, hypotheses, methods and expected results of your research.
4. A 5-page max. research proposal (in English or Spanish) detailing background, objectives and hypotheses, methods, expected results, anticipated publications, schedule and sources of funding; please provide a thorough description of any collections, introductions or other manipulations you propose to make.
5. A $25 non-refundable processing fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars).

You may email items 2-4, but we must receive your payment by regular mail or via our online donation system (www.ceiba.org/donate.htm, click the Network for Good link*) before your application can be considered. Applicants who are already in Ecuador may submit the materials and application fee in person to Ceiba's representative in Quito (contact Ceiba for details). Please send all materials to:

Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
Volunteer & Research Coordinator
301 S. Bedford St., Suite 7A
Madison, WI 53703 USA
Tel: (608) 230-5550
Email: mail@ceiba.org

*Network for Good is like a PayPal for non-profits, but charges 5% in fees. If you opt to pay online, please indicate the purpose of payment, check the box to pay the 5% service fee, and fill in all contact information.

You will be notified within 30 days of receipt of all your application materials if your research project has been approved - please plan your research schedule accordingly. Ceiba may suggest alterations or other conditions of approval to your project, for example, to minimize its impact on the site ecosystem.

Please note, you cannot save this form and return to it later, and may not edit responses after submitting. Please have your information ready prior to filling out the form. All fields marked with an asterisk are required.

Ceiba is a nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

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