applications are closed

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Small Mammals Research Fellowship 2018. The fellowship application has been closed for the year 2018 and will reopen in 2019.

Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation (SMCRF), since its establishment in 2009, has been filling the gaps in the field of research and initiation of conservation action prioritizing several species of small sized mammals in Nepal.  It has been undertaking research and conservation actions in close collaboration with Government agencies, INGOs and NGOs, CBOs, Community Forest Users Group and local communities. One of the objectives of the organization is to prioritize the research on species lacking baseline, information on its natural history and more importantly focusing the research and conservation of small mammals and other small sized mammals outside the protected areas virgin for the research.

In overall, research on small sized mammal is scarce and limited to a small extent in Nepal. Information on natural history of several species is lagging behind. Most of the case studies and dissertation in the context of mammals is focused on large mammals especially mega charismatic flagship species. One of the targets of SMCRF is to induce and capacitate university students to undertake their dissertation in the field of small mammals and other small sized mammals to speed up the research in order to support conservation actions. SMCRF takes this opportunity to call for the application of “Small Mammals Research Fellowship” for the year 2018. Please read carefully on the details about the grant given below;


Number of Grants: 2 (Two)

Grant Amount: NPR 35,000.00 each*

Deadline for the application: May 25, 2018

Announcement of recipients: June 5, 2018

Training (in-house) to the grant recipients: First week of August 2018


Eligibility of Applicants

B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Thesis year/semester) students of universities in Nepal in following subjects;

  1. Zoology
  2. Veterinary Science
  3. Forestry
  4. Environment Science
  5. Natural Resource Management

Thematic Areas

Small Mammals

  1. Assessment/survey
  2. Ecology and behavior
  3. Habitats
  4. Threats and climate vulnerabilities
  5. Human-small mammal conflict
  6. Health
  7. Management and impact assessment


  1. Otters
  2. Pangolins
  3. Small cats
  4. Chevrotain
  5. Rodents
  6. Lagomorphs
  7. Weasels
  8. Primates
  9. Bats

Documents needed for application

  1. Application form (administered) (2-pages)
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  3. Supervisors’ or prospective supervisors’ recommendation in institutional letter head
  4. Citizenship
  5. Higher Secondary School certificate (for B.Sc. applicants) and Higher Secondary School certificate and B.Sc. certificate (for M.Sc. applicants)
  6. Concept note (1-2 pages excluding time frame and references)
    1. Introduction (200 words)
    2. Rationale (100 words)
    3. Methodology (400 words)
    4. Study Area (100 words)
    5. Expected output including conservation implication (100 words)
    6. Time frame
    7. References

Deliverables by successful grant recipients;

  1. Preliminary Report (1-2 page):  Deadline; October 5, 2018
  2. Final Report: Deadline; March 5, 2019
  3. Blog and Journal manuscript draft: April 5, 2019

Click here for the 2018 application form.

Please send your application form along with concept note and other documents with the email subject “SMRF2018_applicant’s family name” to:

Note: Females, marginalized communities, permanently residing in remote areas and baseline lacking areas (which will be strictly scrutinized) are encouraged to apply.

*Tax will be deductible at the source according to the rule of Government of Nepal.