Travel, Research, and Educational Experience (TREE)
The TREE Grant Program by the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP) is designed to help students travel to attend conferences, symposia, workshops, and laboratories dealing with wildland fire science and management. All registered graduate and undergraduate students in good academic standing in a field related to wildland fire science, ecology, or management will be eligible to apply for grants of $250-$2,500.
Depending on costs and number of applicants, grants may fund all or a portion of estimated travel expenses including transportation, lodging, meals, registration fees, and incidental expenses, where applicable. Funds cannot be used for student stipends, direct research costs, or faculty research/administration costs. Grants are limited and competitively awarded, with special preference for students planning to make an oral or poster presentation at a fire conference.
The deadline for your TREE Grant application is 60 days before the start of the event you would like to attend, and may be longer for international events. The grant committee will respond to your request within 30 days of the deadline.
The deadline for TREE grants for AFE’s 5th International Fire Ecology Congress is September 15, 2012.
To request a grant application, or for more information, contact:
AFE Co-Directors Dr. Timothy Ingalsbee or Catia Juliana at 541-852-7903 or email@example.com.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
1.) AFE no longer offers free registration for student service volunteers, but instead we offer a very discounted conference rate of $175, and that is a flat rate that will not go up after the Early Bird period ends. You do not need to be a member of SAFE to receive that rate (but we hope you will join if you aren’t already!).
2.) If a conference offers reduced or waived registration fees for students in exchange for volunteer service, then the TREE grants will fund no more than the lowest registration rates offered (for the Fire Congress, this is $175). We recommend that students take advantage of all discounted registration opportunities available, because grant awards may be limited due to high demand.
3.) AFE does not reimburse students for registration costs.
4.) Likewise, if you register at full student rates and then decide to volunteer, we cannot refund you the difference.
5.) All expenses must be accounted for with receipts and turned in as part of your final grant report.
6.) As stated in the grant application, if you are funded for lodging, then you are required to stay in one of our host hotels.
7.) There are many students requesting grants, some traveling internationally. The Grant Awards Committee must disperse a finite amount of funds to help support as many students as possible. The more accurate you are in requesting the funds needed to cover your expenses, the easier it will be for the committee to allocate those funds.
If you have other questions, please email Catia at the address above.