The Kate Barlow Award aims to encourage postgraduate students to conduct a substantive bat research project and to honour the late Dr Kate Barlow's contribution to bat conservation. Read more about her great achievements here.

Applications for the 2021 Kate Barlow Award are now open. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on the 24th November 2020.

For the 2021 award we will only consider projects that:

  1. Do not involve research activities considered by the IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group to pose a potential risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to bats. For more details see here. Projects that include such activities will not be considered, irrespective of any mitigation measures put in place. If you have questions about whether your research activities meet this criteria please contact before completing the application form.
  2. Meet all relevant national and local public health restrictions and guidance.

Other criteria

  • The Kate Barlow Award is open to postgraduate students anywhere in the world conducting research which has direct relevance for bat conservation.
  • One award of up to £4,500 will be made towards the costs of a bat research project of no less than 4 months duration.
  • In addition BCT will pay for the award winner to attend either the BCT National Bat Conference or another relevant bat research and conservation conference.

Download guidelines and an application form here.

Fundraising for the Kate Barlow Award

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