In Nepal, research on small mammals species is limited as most of the studies is focused on large mega charismatic flagship species. Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation (SMCRF), since its establishment in 2009, has been leading the research on these ignored species and contributing in filling the knowledge gap, initiating conservation actions on ground and influencing policies. We prioritize the research on species that lack baseline data, information on its natural history and more importantly on the small mammals outside the protected areas, which is still virgin area for the research.

To encourage studies on small mammals, SMCRF has taken the mission to mentor and capacitate university students. For this, SMCRF has been continually supporting interested students to undertake their dissertation through research grant since 2018 and have already supported ten students in total. 

SMCRF takes this opportunity to call for the application of “Small Mammals Research Fellowship” for the year 2023 and join the cohort of energetic and outstanding fellows. All the interested candidates are encouraged to read the information carefully and apply for the research grant.

Thematic Areas

  1. Ecology, Ecosystem Services, and Behavior
  2. Community and Conservation


  1. Flying Squirrel
  2. Otters and Small carnivores


Eligibility of Applicants M.Sc. (Thesis year/semester) students of universities in Nepal in following subjects but not limited to:

  1. Zoology
  2. Forestry
  3. Environmental Science
  4. Natural Resource Management
  5. Any other related subjects

Number of Grants: 2 (Two)

Grant Amount: NPR 35,000.00 each

Deadline for the application: December 15, 2022

Announcement of recipients: January 31, 2023

Awarding the grant recipients: February 18, 2023


Documents needed for application

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  2. Head of Department or Supervisors’ official recommendation letter
  3. Citizenship (scanned copy)
  4. Students’ identity card (scanned copy)
  5. Higher Secondary School certificate (scanned copy)
  6. B.Sc. certificate (scanned copy)
  7. Concept note (3-4 pages excluding time frame and references)
    • Summary (100 words)
    • Introduction (Background, Problem statements, Research questions/Hypothesis, Research Objectives) (500 words) 
    • Methodology (Site description, data collection methods, statistical analysis if any, models if any) (500 words)
    • Expected results including conservation implications (100 words)
    • Timeframe
    • Budget breakdown along with the justification of the use of the budget 
    • References

Click HERE to apply.

Deliverables by successful grant recipients;

  1. Preliminary Report (1-2 page): June 1, 2023
  2. Final Thesis: February 1, 2024
  3. Blog and Journal manuscript draft: April 1, 2024

Note: Females, marginalized communities, permanently residing in remote areas and baseline lacking areas are encouraged to apply.