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The Christensen Fund Graduate Fellowship

The Christensen Fund Graduate Fellowship Program in Plant Conservation

The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, in collaboration with The Christensen Fund, invites applications from suitably qualified, highly motivated graduates for fully funded masters and Ph.D. fellowships in plant conservation.

The purpose of The Christensen Fund Fellowship Program in Plant Conservation is to educate botanists who will become decision-makers in their home countries. The two to five year fellowships (depending on degree program) are designed to attract and support individuals who will make a significant difference in the development and application of plant conservation programs.

Applicants for Christensen Fund Fellowships must have a bachelor's degree in biology or a related field and be able to demonstrate strong leadership and scientific potential in applied plant conservation. 

The fellowships will provide recruitment and repatriation airfares, stipend, tuition fee waiver and the opportunity to apply for competitive research funds. Christensen Fund Fellows will be enrolled in the Ph.D. or M.S. graduate degree programs and will be involved in special courses, workshops, or internships designed to increase the Fellow’s capacity to make an impact in applied conservation once they return to their countries. For further information, please contact the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at aimee.dunlap@umsl.edu and muchhalan@umsl.edu or see application instructions at the bottom of this web page.

Christensen Fellows


Giulia de Gennaro (PhD, USA)
Belen Alvestegui (PhD, Bolivia)


Rachel Brant (PhD, USA) “Bee Brains: Dissecting pollinator behavior and the importance of plasticity in the face of changing environments”
Belen Alvestegui (MS, Bolivia) “Zygomorphic Flowers May Reduce Extinction Rates by Allowing Angiosperms to Occur in Low Abundances”
Estefania Fernandez (MS, Bolivia)"Effects of Forest Restoration on the Recovery of Dead Wood, Associated Arthropods, and Insect-mediated Wood Decomposition”
Amanda Wu (PhD, China)"The Ecology and Evolution of Species Rarity in Oaks (Quercus spp.)"
Daniel Tarazona-Ocana (MS, Peru)"Taxonomic Revision and Morphometric Analysis of Selected Anthurium (Araceae) Species From Bolivia and Peru"
Isabel Loza (PhD, Bolivia)
Miguel Chaves (PhD, Costa Rica)The Role of Zingiberales Shared Evolutionary History and Leaf Traits in Structuring Rolled-leaf Beetle Assemblages in a Tropical Forest"
Serena Acha (PhD, Bolivia)
Diana Gamba (PhD, Colombia) “Investigating Drivers of Genetic Structure in Plants: Global, Regional and Local Scales”
Rinchen Namgay (MS, Bhutan)
Rani Asmarayani
(Ph.D., Indonesia)
Oyomoare Osazuwa-Peters
(Ph.D., Nigeria)
Heritiana Ranarivelo (Ph.D., Madagascar)
Deby Arifiani (Graduate Certificate in Tropical Biology and Conservation, Indonesia)
Monica Carlsen (Ph.D., Venezuela)
Corneille Ewango (M.S., Democratic Republic of Congo)
Cynthia Hong Wa (M.S., Madagascar)
David Kenfack (Ph.D., Cameroon)
Diego Salazar (Ph.D., Costa Rica)
Monica Soria (M.S., Ecuador)
Pagi Toko (Ph.D., Papua New Guinea)
Elvis Valderrama (M.S., Peru)
Dilys Vela (M.S., Peru)
Felipe Zapata (Ph.D., Colombia)

To apply for the Christensen Fund Graduate Fellowship in Plant Conservation, please include an additional 1–2 page statement with your application for the Graduate Program in Biology. In that statement, please specify how your experience and ambitions match with the aims of this special fellowship program.

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