**Deadline Closed, please see new 2024 award year here**

The University of California Berkeley Natural History Field Stations and Reserves are pleased to announce the 5th 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 now be submitted by December 31st, 2022 to c.erickson@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 2023. 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 by February 4th, 2023.


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

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 November 15, 2023.
  3.  By April 15, 2024, 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

December 31, 2022

Applications must be received at c.erickson@berkeley.edu.

February 4, 2023

Awards will be announced.

August-Sept 2023, date TBA

Participate in a 2-day Baird fest symposium, presenting projects.

December 31, 2023

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, 2024

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.

A PDF of this letter can be found here: Carol Baird Announcement 2023 – DEADLINE EXTENDED.

Carol Baird

2023 Carol Baird Award for Graduate Research