Awards for Participants


The aim of the awards is to enable African students, early career researchers and conservationists to participate in the Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC15) in order to present their work.

Please read these guidelines carefully. They contain important information relating to your application for funding and not following these guidelines may jeopardise your application.

Please submit your completed application form to before 31 May 2022. When completing your application, please note the following carefully:

  1. Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from African students, early career researchers and conservationists who are undertaking or have finished a degree within the last 5 years and are working in the bird research and/or conservation sector. A limited number of awards may be offered in exceptional cases to African Nationals with accepted posters or oral presentations who may have no formal qualifications. Awards will cover expenses to attend PAOC15 to present an oral talk or research poster presentation.

  1. Size of awards

The PAOC Scientific Committee will assess each application and award grants as deemed appropriate. Awards may cover registration, accommodation and/or international travel. As available funding is limited, the Committee encourages applicants to try to source some institutional funding and/or personal contribution.

  1. Submitting your application

All Applicants must submit their abstract for their oral presentation before applying for financial assistance to attend PAOC15

Use the application form provided below to submit your application for an award of financial assistance to

Applications are only accepted via email. The PAOC Committee will acknowledge receipt of your application. All correspondence will be undertaken by email.

  1. Reference

You need to supply the name and contact details of a reference for your application. A good referee is someone who knows you or, for students, their project supervisor. The Scientific Committee may contact your named referee as part of the evaluation process.

  1. PAOC Ethical Policy

The Pan-African Ornithological Congress is committed to upholding the highest scientific standards, and it requires that all who engage with it in its activities, who publish papers or who benefit from its financial support also uphold such standards.

  1. Consideration of your application

Applications are circulated to members of the PAOC Scientific Committee who then make their recommendations to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

Applicants will be contacted in June 2022 to inform them of the outcome of their application.

  1. Being offered an award

Awards are offered subject to a presentation being accepted.

  1. Taking up, and payment of, an award

On being offered an award you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the award under the terms of these guidelines and any other conditions contained in the offer email.

Awards for the registration fee and budget accommodation will be paid direct to Birdlife Zimbabwe. Claims for travel can be made in advance of attendance, but not after the PAOC has taken place.

Should your award include air travel, you will be contacted by a Travel Agent who will send you an air ticket.

An award cannot be transferred to a third party.

  1. Unsuccessful application

If your application has been unsuccessful, then you will receive notification of this by email. Due to the number of applications, we are unable to provide feedback as to why any application is unsuccessful.

No correspondence will be entered into with regard to an unsuccessful application. We look forward to receiving your application.



Please make sure to have read the associated guidelines carefully and complete all fields:

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2022.

(150 words) specify details of how you/your work will benefit from this opportunity and any expected outcomes of your conference attendance:

Attendance budget

Please input the corresponding amounts you have roughly allocated to attending.
E.g. Travel grant $500, awarded
Home institute $1000, applied for

Referee Details

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