Frequently asked Questions
How can I find out more about Ecology Field School courses?
Please Read the course guides.
How much scientific background do I need to go on the course?
Participants must at least be level 300 of their studies in biological science degree or related by the course start date. International students must hold a biological degree by the course start date. Field research methods relevant to the course will be taught in the field. An enthusiasm for tropical ecology and/or conservation and a willingness to participate fully on the course is essential.
Is field experience necessary for the course?
Previous field experience is not essential. The courses are an introduction to tropical ecology and we feel that an enthusiasm to learn equals experience.
Who will be the teaching on the course?
The EFS brings together leading biologists from the host region and/or international to teach on the courses. Each course is slightly different depending on the expertise/background of the individual teachers, but the course curriculum is standard for every course. Local conservation practitioners are also invited on the courses to provide case studies on topical/local issues.
When do I need to apply by?
The deadline for the course applications is the 20th April of the same year. Late applications will not be considered.
How do I apply?
All applications must be in English and must include a completed application form, a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and at least one confidential reference. Click here on how to apply for more details.
Can more than one person from the same institution attend the same course?
Each applicant is taken on a case by case basis. We try to ensure that there is a balance of gender and nationalities on the courses. Individuals from the same institution are likely to be offered different courses.
How long are the courses?
The courses are all one-week long. However, they are very intensive as they're packed full with seminars, field based research practicals, lectures and research projects. The courses are hard work, but the more you put into the course, the more you'll get out of it and benefit from the whole learning experience.
How much do the courses cost?
Scholarships are available to those from Ghanaians to take part in the EFS course.
Scholarships include transport to and from the field site, accommodation, subsistence and course fees
Scholarships are not available for international applicants to take part in the EFS course.
For International applicants the course fees are $1500.
*Course fees cover tuition, food, accommodation, and in-country transport. They do not cover airfares, insurance or visa costs.
Is any funding available to help towards the cost of the course?
All Ghanaian applicants are eligible for a scholarship from the EFS. Details on applying for scholarships will be given to the successful applicants when they are notified.
I'm concerned about security and safety issues in the country that the course is being run in.
The EFS takes security and safety issues very seriously and whilst it is not possible to foresee the unexpected, the EFS would not run a course where there was a risk of insecurity. The EFS receives regular updates about the security situation from its contacts in the course areas.
Are there any serious health risks or considerations I should know about?
You should be in good health and should inform us of any existing health conditions or of any medication being taken. The EFS will provide all successful applicants with a comprehensive information pack on how to prepare for the courses, what to take, health issues etc. However, we do recommend that all participants consult their own doctor about health advice, vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis before the course
How should I prepare for the course beforehand?
We do provide all participants with a recommended reading list, and useful field guides etc in the course guides
What do I have to bring on the courses?
The EFS will provide all necessary field and lab equipment, but we will send you an information pack detailing recommendation for what you should bring (clothes, medical kit, etc).