Multidisciplinary Training on Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation from an Indigenous Perspective

The Advanced Studies Institute is a 13-day intensive field course in India offering Native American graduate students hands-on, multidisciplinary research and learning opportunities in wildlife management and natural resource conservation sciences. Travel is planned for January 2022 and 2023, pending pandemic conditions. “The program is fully-funded, including all expenses for travel, lodging, food, and a $1,000 stipend. Passport and visa fees are not covered.”

Courses focus on addressing complex challenges in biodiversity conservation by integrating Indigenous ways of knowing with western science. Research themes are grounded in social-ecological systems thinking, with dual emphasis on social and biophysical sciences, and include Indigenous and participatory perspectives on conservation, conservation biology, landscape ecology, ecological restoration, and wildlife management.

Students will study each of these themes first in the classroom and then through field experiences by leveraging the unique research facilities and field sites available through partner institution, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), a global leader in applied research in wildlife management and natural resource conservation sciences.

These ASI’s will create a multicultural, dynamic learning experience designed to train students to conduct multidisciplinary research in an international context, building a network of young professionals who will be at the forefront of world conservation and wildlife management sciences.

This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students program and is implemented through a collaboration between the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, the College of Humanities and Sciences, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, and the Global Engagement Office.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Graduate-level student in related field of study (natural, physical or social sciences) 
  • Identifies as Native American  
  • Resident of Montana or another EPSCoR state
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