***Please note: the deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, October 27th. Thank you!***

The University of California Berkeley natural history field stations and reserves are pleased to announce the fourth year of

The Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research

Awards will be granted to Berkeley graduate students to support high quality research that is carried out primarily in the field, based in or around Berkeley’s Natural History Field Stations and Reserves:

Angelo Coast Range Reserve

Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

Hastings Natural History Reservation

Point Reyes Field Station

Sagehen Creek Field Station

Applicants will prepare a proposal of up to five pages (total) describing the project, its importance, proposed methods and logistics, and an outreach plan (See Post Award obligation 1 below). Proposal must be submitted by October 20th, 2021 to fieldstations@berkeley.edu with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line. Please also contact this email address if you have any questions about the application or award.

Awards of up to $25,000 will be made to support field research beginning in 2022. Funding may be requested for a single field season or multiple field seasons, and for work at or around a single or several reserves. Support allocations (amount per student, potential for renewal) are flexible, as long as the research is field-based, is of excellent quality, and is substantially improved by this support.

Awardees will be selected by a faculty review committee and will be announced November 10th, 2021.

Eligibility: Current UC Berkeley graduate students are eligible for the Baird award.

Learn more about the Baird award and our past/current awardees here

Post Award obligations:

1) Awardees will be required to present their findings to the local community around the field station(s), for example at town meetings or at workshops organized by local conservation, educational, agency, or citizen science groups.

2) Each awardee must give a 20-minute presentation at a Baird Fest field station symposium scheduled during the fall after their award, and report their research accomplishments to fieldstations@berkeley.edu by 15 November, 2022.

3) By April 15, 2023, a fuller report (with full analyses, photos, videos, links, etc.) should be sent to the same email address, fieldstations@berkeley.edu. Both reports will be evaluated by the faculty review committee, and forwarded to the funding Foundation.

Relevant dates:

October 20, 2021

Applications must be received at fieldstations@berkeley.edu.

November 10, 2021

Awards will be announced.

August-Sept 2022, date TBA: participate in a 2-day Baird fest symposium, presenting projects.

November 15, 2022

Reports from awardees due, submitted to fieldstations@berkeley.edu with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line. Reports should describe research accomplishments based on the award, including scientific findings, publications, and reports, videos, and links to public workshops, lectures, or presentations.

April 15, 2023

More complete reports, with manuscript drafts if available, data analyses, photos, videos, and other links should be sent to fieldstations@berkeley.edu with “Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research” in the subject line.


2022 Carol Baird Award for Graduate Research