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(Posted on 7 April, 2017) 

Workshop on Fundamentals of Herpetology

A five day workshop on Fundamentals of Herpetology from 12 to 16 July 2017.

For more details contact on:


(Posted on 23 March, 2017) 


SCCS2017: Registrations & abstract-submission OPEN!


The Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) – Bengaluru brings together young researchers in the science and practice of biodiversity conservation. The conference facilitates interaction, encourages exchange of research ideas and methods, sharing of knowledge and experience related to conserving wildlife and helps build contacts and capacity. As a sister conference to SCCS-Cambridge, SCCS-Bengaluru focuses on attracting student participants, primarily from countries in South and South-east Asia and  Africa.


The 2017 conference will be held at the JN Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, from 21st to 24th September 2017.

Early Bird registrations and Abstract submissions are now open on our website!

Abstract submissions are open for those who want to present either a talk or a poster. Students need to register and pay the conference fee before being able to submit an abstract.
Deadline for submitting abstracts is 3 April 2017.

You can view the Conference Flyer here:

SCCS-Bengaluru is a four-day conference, where you can look forward to a host of long and short workshops (which are research focused and equip students with skills required for conservation), plenary talks by invited speakers, close to 25+ student talks and about 80 student poster presentations.
Read the 2016 report here:

We will also have sessions on 'Who's Who in Conservation' and 'Birds of a Feather' for students to learn about the work done by a diversity of academic institutions and conservation organisations, to discover work and research opportunities they offer, and to network with students and scientists working on similar issues. Based on feedback from previous years we are working towards a slightly new format for this year’s conference, so do keep a lookout for our announcements via email, our website, Facebook and Twitter.

For further information don't hesitate to contact at



(Posted on 21 Febrauary, 2017) 

M.Sc. and PhD in Wildlife Science - Amity University
Amity Institute of Wildlife Science (AIWS), Amity University Noida Campus is offering a Masters and PhD program in Wildlife Science. The official call for applications for the year 2017-2018 is out. Please check the amity university website for the application process. In the case of queries, please email the Director, AIWS. Contact details as given below.


The Director, Amity Institute of Wildlife Sciences,
Amity University Campus, Sector – 125, Noida, Uttar Pradesh,
India - 201303.                                      
Phone: +91(0)-120-4735642         Website:


(Posted on 6 Febrauary, 2017) 

 Advertisement for the Admission to XVI M.Sc. Course in Wildlife Science (2017-2019)



The Wildlife Institute of India ( is an internationally acclaimed premier national institute in providing professional and training, research and advisory services in wildlife conservation and management. The Institute invites applications from eligible Indian and foreign candidates having passion for its prestigious 2 year Master’s Degree Programme in Wildlife Science for the Year 2017-2019.

Total intake for the course is 20 students (15 Indian and 5 foreign nationals). The Institute will provide scholarships to eight Indian students based on their selection merit.  The scholarship covers academic fee, hostel accommodation fee and a monthly stipend. 

The online registration of applicants, submission of application and payment of application processing fee will open on 02 March, 2017 and close on 15 April, 2017. 

Other details about the course

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Upto 2016-17


(Posted on 28 December, 2016) 

Recruitment of post of Scientist, Project Scientist, Research Associate at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand


Recruitment of post of Scientist, Project Scientist, Research Associate at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Click for more information…



(Posted on 21 November, 2016) 

Interview for JRF position in the project ‘Shallow water benthic communities and food-web dynamics: a case for Kakinada Bay and coastal Andhra Pradesh’

As part of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt of India funded project ‘Shallow water benthic communities and food-web dynamics: a case for Kakinada Bay and coastal Andhra Pradesh ', a position of Junior Research Fellow is open in the Integrative Taxonomy and Microbial Ecology Research Group, Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata [IISERK]. The project aims to understand the roles of microphytobenthos in marine food-web dynamics and nutrient cycling in coastal Andhra Pradesh based on microscopy, culture based and molecular biological approaches.


Candidates with M.Sc. in Botany/Marine Science/Microbiology/ and having some exposure in algal taxonomy as well as willing to undertake rigorous field work can apply electronically by sending a copy of their CV along with motivation letter to Fellowship will be as per MoES guidelines. The position will be initially for a period of one year.


Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview in due course.



(Posted on 7 November, 2016) 

ICECAPS Workshop 2016


Improving Communication Effectiveness and Capacity Addition in Polar Science

Indian Polar Research Network (IPRN-APECS India) and Wildlife Institute of India- ENVIS centre on Wildlife and Protected Areas, Dehradun are jointly organizing a two-day science communication workshop called the ICECAPS Workshop 2016. The workshop will be held at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on 1st and 2nd December 2016. This workshop aims to teach key communication skills to participants to prepare them for a career in science disciplines. Some key topics to be covered under the workshop include basic skills needed to apply for MSc/PhD courses, resume building, improving presentation skills, writing effective grant applications, planning a research project and learning basic analytical and reporting tools (R program, Latex).

This workshop will also include special sessions on Protected Area management in Polar regions (Arctic, Antarctica and the Himalayas) with a view to generate awareness about international conventions and protocols.

We are expecting a higher participation of students from organizations/universities in Uttarakhand esp. from Dehradun region. Interested students who are currently doing MSc or are in a PhD program in biological or environmental science disciplines are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students who are currently working in any of the three above-mentioned Polar regions.

Apply for the workshop by filling this google form

More information about the workshop will be updated here


Note: Outstation candidates are expected to arrange their own accommodation if selected.




(Posted on 25 October, 2016) 

M. Krishnan Memorial Nature Writing Award 2017

Madras Naturalists' Society is conducting the M Krishnan Memorial Nature Writing Award Competition for nature writers aged between 18 and 30 years.

The Organiser: Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS)

The Theme: Nature of Seasons


1 September 2016 – Launch of the Writing Competition

30 November 2016 – Deadline for submissions

31 December 2016 – Ten shortlisted participants will be announced on the website -

15 February 2017 – The award winning entry and the next two best entries will be announced on the website –


Madras Naturalists’ Society

No. 8, Janaki Avenue, Abhiramapuram, Chennai – 600 018

Phone: 98400 90875. E-mail:



Download The 2017 Theme & Rules and the Entry Form

Award Theme & Rules

Award Entry Form



(Posted on 25 October, 2016) 

MSc dissertation program at Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES), Hyderabad.
The program intends to engage with 12-14 masters students each year for small projects that they could take up and execute within 6 months. The lab will provide all the necessary support, accommodation at Hyderabad, and lab facilities. Interested students can apply using this link: Details of the application format is given in this link: The last date for applications is 5 November 2016.


Karthikeyan Vasudevan Ph.D.
Senior Principal Scientist
Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES)
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
162 Pillar, PVNR Expressway, Attapur Ring Road,
Hyderguda, Hyderabad 500 048
Office: +91-40-24006443
fax:    +91-40-24006441
Cell: +91-9491036403


(Posted on 14 September, 2016) 

Internship opportunity to work on birds in semi-arid landscape of South Tamil Nadu

Biodiversity project in the semi-arid landscape of S. Tamil Nadu at ATREE has a 6 months internship opportunity starting from the middle of September 2016. The internship is based in Tirunelveli district and will involve sampling of birds. The intern will be a part of team which will be sampling various taxa and characterizing habitat. Between field sampling period, the intern is expected to handle data entry and carry out  simple analysis. Applicant  should be familiar with birds of the semi-arid landscapes and also the project is looking for a young individual with keen interest in avian ecology. This is a paid position with accommodation. The first month will treated as probation after which 6 months contract will be issued.


M.Soubadra Devy Ph.D

Fellow & Co-convenor,Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur Post, Bangalore 560064, Karnataka state, India
Phone: 91-80-2363 5555; Fax: 91-80-2353 0070


(Posted on 5 September, 2016) 

Certificate course in field botany on flowering plants of Western Ghats

This course is for beginners in field botany, plant enthusiasts, ecologists, naturalists, students and wildlife biologists who want to enhance their knowledge of plant taxonomy and want to learn about flowering plants of Western Ghats.

Participants are expected to have some basic knowledge of botany.


Workshop features:

  • Learning plant taxonomy, ethnobotany and rainforest ecology.
  • Learning vegetation monitoring as well as sampling techniques.
  • Exploring various habitats to understand the species composition and the forest structures.
  • Exploring the Myristica swamp: the critically endangered ecosystem.
  • Photograph trees, herbs and orchids along with incredible diversity of fauna.
  • Experience the beautiful landscapes whiles exploring the forest.


For more details, see the brochure


Contact: Dhiraj Bhaisare (Research Administrator) │ Contact Number: +91 9449 367536 │ Email:




(Posted on 2 September, 2016) 

Ph.D. Eligibility Test for Saurashtra University in the discipline of Wildlife Science 2016      

For more details please visit the link


(Posted on 2 September, 2016) 

Short Course in Ecosystem Services: Integrating natural and social science to sustain biodiversity and human communities'
This week-long workshop 
​(November 3-10, 2016) ​
under the Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative is lead by faculty from Colorado State University and Wildlife Conservation Society, and will be held at NCBS Bengaluru and WCS field station in the western ghats. 
​Graduate students, research scientists, conservation practitioners and other professionals with a minimum of a Master's degree ​in a related field or five years of equivalent professional experience are eligible to apply. 
For details on how to apply, please visit:


(Posted on 1 June, 2016) 

Engagement of summer interns for Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project

Wildlife Institute of India


2 Intern Positions

15th June-15th September 2016 (3months)

8,000 per month

9th June 2016

Wildlife Institute of India is seeking summer interns to work in UNDP- WII Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project from 15 June-15 August 2016. BIOFIN project is a global initiative being run in 30 countries across the globe including India. It aims to estimate the funding gap for biodiversity conservation in India. BIOFIN India is led by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The initiative is hosted by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), working with two State Biodiversity Boards, with technical assistance from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (for more details:

Interns will support the activities of the WII BIOFIN core team in collection of the necessary data for assessment of programs/schemes of central and state government relevant for biodiversity conservation as per BIOFIN workbook ( n_workbook_final.pdf). They will also be encouraged to provide their inputs and creative skills for the preparation of various communication tools and products for biodiversity awareness across different sectors. Primary duties will involve collection of budgetary data and information of selected government schemes, help in compilation of existing innovative mechanism for biodiversity finance using desk research and meetings with the selected government department of Uttarakahand state. Interns will receive a stipend to cover their living cost in Dehradun. Work related travels will be covered by the project. No housing is available within the institute and interns are expected to arrange their own accommodation.



University degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in Life sciences, Environmental Sciences, Economics or any other similar field.

Preferred Qualifications
Good Computer & Communication Skills.
Knowledge of using Microsoft office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)

Fluency in written and spoken English and Hindi.

Functional Competencies
Ability to function in a team environment;
Productive and efficient worker, highly motivated;
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks;
Performance-oriented and focused on results;
Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility;
Ability to take instructions and to learn on the job.

To apply
Please send your resume and a cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications listed above, the reason you are interested in this position and how this project fits in meeting your future goals to on or before 9th June 2016. Shortlisted candidate will be selected through Skype or telephonic interview. Selected candidate would have to start work at WII, Dehradun with effect from 15/06/2016.

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Contact Phone

Contact E-Mail 



(Posted on 5 May, 2016) 

Field Botanist positions (Temporary) 

Terracon Ecotech Pvt. Ltd., is looking for ‘Field officers - Botany’ who are willing to work in FIELD for vegetation surveys under Tree Census, Biodiversity assessment projects and Forest evaluation.

These projects are usually in jurisdiction of municipal corporations, corporate premises and protected areas. Although, the positions are on temporary (project to project / voluntary) basis remuneration will be paid, in addition to out of pocket expense.

Project locations: Lonavala (Maharashtra), Vasai-Virar (Maharashtra) and Shimoga (Karnataka).

Essential Qualification: B. Sc. (Botany/Environment science/Life Science/Agriculture/Forestry)  

Desirable Qualification: M. Sc. (Botany/Plant Taxonomy/Forestry). Plant identification skills will be an added advantage.

Interested candidates are requested to contact following officers:

Mr. Dhananjay Rawool (Project Manager - Botany) / 9004896997

Mr. Alok Chorghe (Specialist – Biodiversity)  8008836285


(Posted on 2 May, 2016) 

Vacancies at BNHS

Ornithologists' Vacancies at Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, Opp.Lion Gate, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai 400 001,  Maharashtra,  India. Tel - 91-22-2282 1811; Mob-No:- 8879101310; Fax - 91-22-22837615. Email - Click for more details...


(Posted on 18 March, 2016) 


Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship



In a September 2014 Joint Statement, the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of India launched a new U.S.-India Climate Fellowship Program to build long-term capacity to address climate change related issues in both countries.


In pursuance of the Joint Statement, the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of India, desiring to promote further mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States of America and the Republic of India by a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents, intend to work in partnership to build long-term capacity in the United States and India by engaging scientific and technical research scholars and professionals from both countries related to climate research and education through the launch of the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship.


The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) administers the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship on behalf of both the governments.


Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships are offered for:

  • Doctoral Research: These fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.
  • Postdoctoral Research: These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions. These fellowships are for eight to twelve months.


The selected candidate will have affiliation with one U.S. host institution during the grant. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions for affiliation and correspond in advance with potential host institutions. If you have a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of your online application. The letter of invitation should indicate the duration of your visit, preferably with dates.


Grant Benefits

These fellowships provide round-trip economy class air travel between India and the U.S., a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.


In case of postdoctoral research grantees, and subject to availability of funds, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80% of the grant period.


Eligibility Requirements

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research


In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • Applicants should have conducted adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. Applicants must be registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution at least one year prior to August 1, 2016. In your online application form, one of the referees should be your Ph.D. supervisor. S/he should comment on your research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicate the Ph.D. registration date and topic;
  • This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, an applicant's expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after his/her grant end date. For example, if May 2018 is the expected grant end date, applicants cannot submit their thesis before August 2018. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the "Applicant Annexure.’’
  • If employed, applicants should follow the instructions carefully regarding employer's endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the "Employer's Endorsement Form". The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.
  • Applicants should upload a 'writing sample' such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the Master's/M.Phil. thesis in the online application form.

Note: These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered.

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research


In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • Applicants should have been awarded a Ph.D. degree within the past four years. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree between July 15, 2012 and July 14, 2016. Applicants are required to upload their Ph.D. degree certificate/provisional Ph.D. certificate in the online application;
  • Applicants must be published in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement. Please upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in the online application; and
  • If employed, applicants should follow the instructions carefully regarding employer's endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the "Employer's Endorsement Form". The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.

Note: In your application, you are required to indicate the period in which you can complete your proposed project in the United States. Please determine your grant duration carefully. Should you be selected for a grant, it will be for the period you specified in your application. The duration cannot be changed.

How to Apply

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research


o    Applicant Annexure

o    Employer's Endorsement Form (if applicable)


Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research


o    Applicant Annexure

o    Employer's Endorsement Form (if applicable)

o    Reference Report Form


Application Deadline: July 15, 2016


Timeline and Placement Process

March 1, 2016

Program announcement and application form available online

July 15, 2016

Application deadline for 2017-2018 awards

Early/Mid-August 2016

Screening committee/field-specific experts review applications and shortlist candidates for interviews

Early-September 2016

National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi

Mid-September 2016

Principal and alternate nominees are notified that they are recommended. Doctoral research nominees take TOEFL.

Early-October 2016


Applications of recommended candidates are forwarded to the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Washington, D.C. for placement at U.S. institutions.

April-May 2017

Placement confirmations

May 2017

Pre-Departure Orientation

August-September 2017

Program begins



(Posted on 16 February, 2016)

  • Training programme on "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in road and rail transportation projects for Promoting Smart Green Infrastructure" from 17th – 19th February 2016 at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. For more information contact  
  • Workshop on “Forests within landscapes  Connecting Forests with Farming Systems” in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 18th February to 21st February 2016. For more information contact
  • International Training Workshop on ‘‘Enhancing Capacity for Effective Management of Coastal and Marine World Heritage Sites of the Asia-Pacific Region’ from 26-28th February, 2016, Sunderbans World Heritage Site, West Bengal, India. For more information contact
  • Collaborative Workshop on 'Ecotourism in Uttarakhand: Responding to Environmental and Social Changes from 3rd to 5th March 2016 at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. For more information contact