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The Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance (TECA) offers competitive grants for student research, communication, or service projects that contribute to conservation and/or protection of African or Asian elephants. Research projects are to be conducted during Summer 2023.  

Who:  Graduate, undergraduate, or professional students from any Tufts campus.  Student projects must be sponsored by faculty mentor(s).  Collaborations between Tufts campuses or with other institutions of higher learning and conservation-driven non-profits or corporations are encouraged.  Students who have ideas for projects but aren’t sure about who might serve as a faculty mentor should e-mail the Center for Animals and Public Policy ( with a brief description of your idea.  The Center, which is administering the program, will assist in matching you with a mentor.

Application and Award Process:

•     Application form must be filled out and submitted by April 15, 2023.  Please note that the mentor’s signature is required.

•     E-mail the application as an attachment to the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy,, along with a current résumé.

•     All proposals will be reviewed by a TECA research subcommittee consisting of at least three members representing at least two Tufts campuses.

•     Applicants will be notified of their awards by April 21, 2023.

TECA Student Project Guidelines and Application Form


If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Allen Rutberg 

Director, Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy 

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine 

email , phone 508-839-7991


Ellen McDonald

Research & Instruction Librarian, Edwin Ginn Library

Fletcher School, Tufts University 

email, phone 617-627-3858

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