African Graduate Student Research Fund



  • B. Agwanda
  • B. Buttler
  • A. W. Ferguson
  • J. Goheen
  • A. V. Linzey
  • M. McDonough
  • P. Moehlman
  • R. W. Norris
  • B. D. Patterson
  • S. Rabiu
  • C. Rodriques
  • R. K. Rose
  • D. A. Schlitter
  • S. Stephens

History and Mission

The African Graduate Student Research Fund committee grants awards to African nationals pursuing graduate degrees. Each of two awardees will receive $1500 and an online membership to the ASM”. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017.

2017 Award Winners

Maryanne Gitari is currently pursuing a M.Sc. degree in Biology of Conservation at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and is also an intern at National Museums of Kenya. Her work is based on Mount Kenya ecosystems and is focused on quantifying prey selection of mountain populations of leopard and hyenas, using DNA metabarcoding, hair microscopy, and camera trapping. Her work is essential in management of these apex carnivores as little data is available for montane populations, thereby limiting conservation information for these declining apex carnivores.


Cynthia Mapendere a Zimbabwean conservationist doing her MSc in Environmental Ecology with the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is interested in the dynamics and implications of human and wildlife interactions. Her current work focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of Africa Swine Fever Virus and Foot and Mouth Disease in the wild and domestic suids in Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa adjacent to communal areas. Her research will detail levels of interactions between the domestic and wild suids populations and hotspots of possible of disease transmission. In addition to enabling responsible authorities to put measures to curb disease transmission, her work will also facilitate the crafting of effective intervention measures in case of disease outbreaks.