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 (volant and non volant) outside the protected areas virgin for the research.

Overall, research on small mammals is scarce and limited to a small extent in Nepal as most of the case studies and dissertation in the context of mammals is focused on large mega charismatic flagship species and to encourage small mammals study, one of the targets of SMCRF is to induce and capacitate university students to undertake their dissertation in the field of small 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 2020. Please read carefully on the details about the grant given below;


Number of Grants: 2 (Two)

Grant Amount: NPR 35,000.00 each*

Call for the application: October 1, 2019

Deadline for the application: December 31, 2019

Announcement of recipients: January 31, 2020

Awarding the grant recipients: February 15, 2020


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 the application

  1. Application form (max. 2 pages)
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  3. Supervisors’ or prospective supervisors’ recommendation in institutional letter head
  4. Citizenship (scan copy)
  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. Summary (100 words)
    2. Introduction (200 words)
    3. Objective
    4. Rationale (100 words)
    5. Methodology (400 words)
    6. Study Area (100 words)
    7. Expected output including conservation implication (100 words)
    8. Time frame
    9. References

Deliverables by successful grant recipients;

  1. Preliminary Report (1-2 page):  Deadline; June 1, 2020
  2. Final Report: Deadline; February 1, 2021
  3. Blog and Journal manuscript draft: April 1, 2021

Please send your application form along with concept note and other documents with the email subject “SMCRF2019_applicant’s name”  (eg: SMCRF2020_AshaRai) 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.