The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in understanding wilderness and how to protect it. Two separate awards of $25,000 each will be given to two graduate students to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness. The scholarship is available to currently qualified graduate students in the United States.

Research Focus

The Wilderness Society recently completed a strategic plan that identified two priorities:

  • Make public lands a solution to the climate and extinction crises by securing a resilient, continental network of landscapes and eliminating climate-changing emissions, and
  • Transform conservation policy and practice so all people benefit equitably from public lands.

It seeks applications from graduate students whose work supports these priorities. Within this context, it is particularly interested in research projects that focus on one of three areas:

  1. Conservation on and management of Bureau of Land Management lands,
  2. Conservation of Old Growth Forests, and
  3. Conservation in the Arctic.

Proposals that focus on one of these three areas will be given priority. Within these three areas, research proposals can address topics as wide as biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the social and ecological context of landscape conservation, among others.

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