Alfred Wallace Awards for Outstanding Field Ecologists
Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes. Research is supported by students who join the programme, to strengthen their CV or resume, gain course credit, or collect data for a dissertation or thesis.
Students awarded an Alfred Wallace grant use the money towards their participation on scientific research projects conducted in the Wallacea region of Indonesia. During the eight week projects, students conduct bio-diversity studies, experience the highs (and lows) of real-life environmental research and contribute to on-going scientific investigations.
The students work alongside world class scientists and the daily lectures from these experts complement the hands-on data gathering that is a core part of all the projects.
There is a fee for participation. However, Operation Wallacea offers Alfred Russel Wallace Grants, aimed at students looking to join one of the biodiversity teams working in remote parts of the world in the summer. This grant is available for any students enrolled as an undergraduate at a US academic institution and booked on to any Opwall summer project.