Please note: Due to restrictions imposed by the current COVID-pandemic we regret that we have to suspend the grant program until next year. Please check announcements on our web site and in our news letter - Don't forget to secure your membership before applying for GTÖ grants

Information regarding travel grants:

For any questions regarding the travel grants, please contact:

Dr. Simone Pfeiffer
e-mail:  treasurer(at) 

Information regarding student research grants:

For any questions regarding the student research grants, please contact:

Dr. Vojtech Novotny

e-mail:  gto.student.grants[at]

For any questions regarding your membership status, please contact:

Dr. Simone Pfeiffer
e-mail:  treasurer(at)

Grant Opportunities offered through the Society for Tropical Ecology

Travel Grants

The Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö) will grant TRAVEL GRANTS of 200 EUR to participate in the annual meetings of the gtoe. With this contribution, the society would  like to provide support to participants in need of securing their travel cost. If you would like to apply for a travel grant, please register and submit an abstract at the conference webpage and also send the abstract, a short motivation letter, a budget calculation, your CV and one brief recommendation letter to the Travel Grant Selection Committee (email: travelgrant[at]

The deadline for submissions will be announced prior to upcoming conferences. As soon as your abstract has been accepted by the conference organizers, the committee will select up to 25 students that will receive a travel grant. Students eligible to apply will need to:

• be a student member (BSc, MSc or PhD) of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)

• be the first author of the conference contribution (poster or talk)

• be personally present at the venue

Tropical Ecology Student Research Grant Program


The Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö) supports innovative ecological research of tropical ecosystems that is a part of MSc or PhD dissertation projects. TROPICAL ECOLOGY STUDENT GRANTS of EUR 1,000 are awarded with the aim to expand and improve particularly promising dissertation research.


NOTE: Due to restrictions imposed by the current COVID-pandemic we regret that we have to SUSPEND the GRANT PROGRAM until next year. Please check announcements on our web site and in our news letter

There is one deadline a year. In 2020, the applications must be received by 23.55 GMT on 30 June 2020. The applications will be evaluated by a scientific panel nominated by the board of the Society for Tropical Ecology. The quality, innovation and feasibility of the planned research are the main criteria. The applicants will be notified on the outcome by 31 August and funds will be made available by 15 September. The grants should run for a maximum of 12 months, the Final Report will be due by 30 October 2021. The Society for Tropical Ecology grant must be acknowledged in any resulting publication. We expect successful applicants to provide a short (maximum 0.5 -1 printed page) description of the project including a supporting picture or graphical abstract to be feautured on our web page, news letter and/or in ECOTROPICA upon receiving the grant money.


MSc and PhD students from any country and institution may apply, as long as they are members of the Society for Tropical Ecology. One application per deadline is permitted, resubmissions of previously unsuccessful applications are possible if invited by the evaluation panel. The grants are awarded to individuals, not organizations.

No form is required. The application comprises from a CV (1 page maximum, includes contact details and information demonstrating the applicant’s eligibility), a support letter by the supervisor (1 page maximum) and a project description in the standard grant proposal format (Theoretical Background, Aims, Methods, Personnel, Calendar, Broader Impacts, References, and Budget; 3 pages maximum, A4, font 11 pt, single spacing, 2 cm margins, graphs and images allowed in the text). We expect that in most cases the grant will fund only a part of the study. That part (and its budget) should be clearly defined in the proposal. The funding can be used only for research expenses (field and lab activities, including travel for field work), but not for PI’s salaries, attending conferences and training courses, overheads, or publication costs.

The application should be submitted as a single pdf file by email to gto.student.grants[at] with the subject line including the name of the applicant.

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