BCT International Kate Barlow Award for Postgraduate Students

The Bat Conservation Trust (known as BCT) is a registered charity, pleased to announce the Kate Barlow Award. This award is open to postgraduate students anywhere in the world conducting research which has a direct relevance for bat conservation.

The aim of this award is to encourage the next generation of bat researchers by a substantive contribution towards the research costs of postgraduate students undertaking research that will benefit bat conservation.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The Kate Barlow Award is open to postgraduate students anywhere in the world
  • Conducting research which has a direct relevance for bat conservation.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must download the application form and Email to Dr. Katherine Boughey at science@bats.org.uk with the subject: ‘Kate Barlow Award’.


  • The proposed project must be part of a Masters or Ph.D. program and the student must be registered at an academic institution.
  • The project must be a minimum of 4 months (full-time) in duration.
  • The proposal must be written by the applicant who will personally conduct the research.
  • All funded projects must begin no later than 6 months following the date of the award.
  • Applicants cannot reapply if they have been successful in previous years.
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  • Applications must be in English.
  • Applications must be saved using the following naming convention: [Candidate’s surname] [Candidate’s Forename Initial]_KBA2019.
  • All questions in the application form must be answered completely or the proposal will not be considered.
  • The application must clearly demonstrate that the research is directly applicable to bat conservation.
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which can be from your University supervisor) should be submitted directly from the referees to Katherine Bougheyat by the application deadline.
  • Do not insert/append to this application. It is your responsibility to ensure that these have been submitted on time or we cannot consider your application.
  • These letters should be from professionals who are familiar with you and are sufficiently established in the profession to lend credibility to their recommendations.


  • One award of up to £4,500 will be made, towards the costs of a bat research project of no less than 4 months duration.
  • In addition, BCT will pay for the award winner to attend either the BCT National Bat Conference or another relevant bat research and conservation conference.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be received by the deadline of 5 pm GMT 3rd December 2018.

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For any queries please email comms@bats.org.uk.