Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation (WPEF)

We are a science-based non-profit dedicated to counteracting the decline of whitebark pine and enhancing knowledge about the value of its ecosystems.


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Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation
PO Box 17943
Missoula, Montana 59808

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2024 Whitebark Pine Student Research Grants

Image credit: 2021 WPEF Student Research Grant Recipient Chloe Wasteneys, photo by Matt Hines

The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation is accepting proposals for two whitebark pine student research grants. The WPEF research grant provides up to $2,000 in funding to an undergraduate or graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) conducting research on whitebark pine. Relevant research areas include ecological threats, wildlife interactions, restoration strategies, ecosystem impacts and sociopolitical issues. The second research grant, which is funded by philanthropist John Van Gundy, awards $1,000 for research focused on whitebark pine dynamics under climate change.

Both grants are open to students enrolled in an academic institution in the U.S. or abroad. Funds are awarded for travel expenses for field work or consumable research supplies and cannot be used to purchase equipment. However, the Van Gundy funding may also be used for analysis. Download the 2024 WPEF Student Research Grant RFP for more details on the proposal criteria and structure. Examples of past successful proposals can be found on the Student Grant Program web page. Application materials (electronic only) are due to [email protected] by March 1, 2024.