2017-18 Small grants for field work for students undertaking master’s research on community forestry in Southeast Asia

Application deadline: 21st August 2017


The mission of the Center for People and Forests – RECOFTC is to enhance capacities for stronger rights, improved governance and fairer benefits for local people in sustainable forested landscapes in the AsiaPacific region. As part of its capacity development program, RECOFTC conducts and supports impactful and innovative research that addresses key challenges and opportunities facing the development of community forestry in the Asia-Pacific region. In this context, the organisation aims to support more researchers and is currently offering a small grant to assist master’s students to conduct high quality and impactful research on community forestry issues.


Applicants should present a rationale and motivation, along with a detailed budget with expenses clearly linked to the specific steps of their fieldwork. The budget should not exceed USD 2500. Only fieldwork in the country in which the research is conducted is eligible for funding under this grant.


The grant is only available to students undertaking their master’s degree at a university in Southeast Asia. Additionally, the research project should be in the area of community forestry1 in Southeast Asia. The period covered is 1st September 2017 to 30th August 2018.

Application requirements

The application should be submitted to research@recoftc.org by 3:00pm Bangkok time on the 21st of August 2017. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The application should contain the following:

  • Motivation letter
  • Research plan – should not exceed 8 pages (including the following sections) – Title – Background and rationale – Research aims – Research methodology – Anticipated results
  • Work plan and timetable – Budget (for the costs to be covered by this grant) – Communication plan (e.g. how will the research (including findings and recommendations be communicated)) – References
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of institutional support*
  • Letter of reference from thesis supervisor


*The statement should give approval to the proposed research and an assurance of continued institutional support throughout the preparation of the thesis/dissertation. This should be done on the institution’s letterhead and must carry the official stamp. Contact details of the officer issuing the statement must also be included.