Joshua Tree Accepting Research Grant Applications

The application period for the 2012 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant is now open. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. If the proposed project addresses climate change impacts to park resources, applicants should note this in their proposals. The application deadline is May 4, 2012; awards will be announced by June 30, 2012.

Since 2003, Joshua Tree National Park, with the generosity of the Lee Family Foundation, has been able to support field research projects through Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants. More than 20 independent research projects have been conducted to date adding significantly to the knowledge of the park and its natural and cultural resources. Robert Lee Research Grants are administered by the non-profit Joshua Tree National Park Association.

The purpose of the grant program is to support graduate students at accredited institutions in conducting independent research at Joshua Tree National Park. The program provides students an opportunity to demonstrate how their research can apply to land management issues as well as increasing knowledge and understanding of Joshua Tree National Park's natural and cultural resources. Multiple grants of up to $4,000 will assist students with field study expenses, including data analysis, lodging, transportation, field supplies, and research equipment.

Grant recipients are required to 1) submit six-month progress reports to Joshua Tree National Park; 2) submit a final report that provides details of the study methods and conclusions to the park; 3) present their work at a suitable public forum, ideally in a locally available setting such as the Joshua Tree National Park Association's Desert Institute Lecture Series; and 4) provide suitable content for the NPS website. Recipients are expected to complete all of the requirements of the grant within two years of the award.

Information about the 2012 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant program and a downloadable application can be found here. Inquiries about the program should be directed to Dr. Vicky Chang at 760-367-5579, or

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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