International Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program 2018 participants and SCGIS donated laptops


Our International Scholarship Program is designed to allow conservation GIS practitioners to attend the Esri User Conference and SCGIS Annual Conference held in California every summer and to allow them to take specialized three-week GIS courses organized for the scholarship recipients before the conferences.  These courses are provided jointly by SCGIS, Juniper GIS, Esri, UC Davis Information Center for the Environment, and UC Berkeley Blue Oak Ranch Reserve.

This is not a typical scholarship program. It covers only some of the costs affiliated with the travel to and attendance at these events; only on rare occasions are we able to provide awards that cover full costs. 

The Scholarship Program currently targets its support primarily at the regions where SCGIS international chapters and informal conservation GIS communities affiliated with SCGIS are growing or emerging, in an effort to promote further growth of these chapters and communities.  However, we encourage our international chapters to extend their outreach beyond their formal country borders, and to embrace colleagues from neighbor regions or even from far away.  Browse the international chapters to learn more about the chapter nearest to your area.


Scholarship Program 2018

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS: We are proud to present our 2018 International Scholar Program Finalists. The group below represents the best of the best of conservationists using geography and GIS to pursue effective science, educate and change local communities, and discover new ways of protecting species.  You can read more details about the scholars on the 2018 Scholars Profile Page.

  • Agnese Mancini, Boomerang For Earth Conservation, France
  • Alexandru Ciutea, Greenpeace Romania
  • Animesh Ghose, Creative Conservation Alliance, Bangladesh
  • Bob Rudo Mandinyenya, African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Carlos Andrés Delgado-Vélez, Universidad CES, Colombia
  • Dr. Cecilia “Ceci” Passadore Real, Uruguay
  • Dibyendu “Dibs” Kumar Mandal, Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
  • Dirga Daniel, WWF Indonesia
  • Enathe Hasabwamariya, Antioch University New England / Rwanda
  • Fernanda Gonzales, WWF Ecuador
  • Jackson “Zozo” Katampi, Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Zambia
  • Nelson “Nellie” Mwangi, Save the Elephants, Kenya
  • Noelia L. Volpe, PhD student, Conservation Bio Lab - Litoral Center for Applied Ecology (CECOAL), Argentina
  • Oksana Savenko, Ukrainian Scientific Center Ecology of the Sea (UkrSCES), Ukraine
  • Phlong “Leng” Nguon Leng, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia
  • Sean Bragg, Te Ruunanga o Ngaai Tahu (TRoNT), New Zealand
  • Tin Myo Thu, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Myanmar


TRAIN THE TRAINER TEACHERS (TTT): These are prior scholars who were selected for advanced training to become certified SCGIS Instructors, and are returning to assist the scholarship program with additional instruction.

  • Dr. Carlos "Carlitos" DeAngelo, Subtropical Biology Institute, Argentina
  • Dr. Mervyn Lotter, MTPA Research Station, South Africa
  • Aaria Dobson-Waitere, Taranaki Whaanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika / Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, New Zealand