Nominations for Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship invited

The ministry of environment and forests has invited nominations for the Dr Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship Award for the year 2013. The ministry had instituted Dr Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship Award and Kailash Sankhla National Wildlife Fellowship award for research and experimental projects on avian wildlife and mammalian wildlife respectively in 1995 and 1996 respectively.

The awards were instituted to commemorate the memory of these wildlife conservationists so as to inspire and promote the younger generations of wildlife managers and scientists in taking up research / experimental projects aimed at conservation and development of the rich wildlife heritage of our country, a statement released by the ministry said.

These awards have been conferred in alternate years. The Dr Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship Award is given in an odd numbered year and Kailash Sankhla National Wildlife Fellowship Award in an even numbered year.

The ministry has also increased the fellowship amount from Rupee 4000 per month to Rupee 20000 per month and the contingency amount from Rupee 18000 per year to Rupee 1,00,000 per year. The fellowships are awarded normally for a period of two years. In exceptional cases, it may be extended by one more year.

The enhancement of fellowship and contingency amount is aimed at generating interest among young researchers towards wildlife management, said the statement. The details are available on the ministry’s website www.envfor.nic.in.

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