In September 2012 RPN introduced the first ever systematic red panda research scholarship program for Nepali masters students for up to NPR 35,000 each. The goal is to advance priority research on the conservation status and baseline study of wild red pandas in Nepal, particularly in understudied areas, in order to determine status and trends, and to design urgently needed conservation action. This first year the scholarship recipients will concentrate on Jumla and Jajarkot districts in Western Nepal where red panda information is lacking, and in Khotang district of Central Eastern Nepal, where we recently did a first status and awareness assessment.

Given the large number of highly qualified applicants and the remote nature of two of the areas, RPN doubled the number of awards from two to four. We are happy to announce the winners of the Red Panda Network Scholarship Program 2012. See what the winners have to say:

[singlepic=632,125,,,right]Bishok Dangol: Distribution and Habitat of Red Panda in Jumla, Nepal

I am excited about the results of Red Panda Network’s Scholarship. I am very interested in conservation biology and planning to find work related to it. My initial aim was to work in such fields where I can serve the nature, nation and the people. I choose biodiversity and wildlife conservation as major subject for my M. Sc., which could fulfill my ambition and aim. Dissertation is an important step for career and a base for the future plan and action. Red Panda Network has given me the golden chance to add a brick to build my career. It will also be helpful for me to learn field-based practical techniques and to gather and share project knowledge and experiences. I would, once again, like to thank Red Panda Network for selecting me as a scholarship grantee.

[singlepic=634,125,,,right]Nirmala Mali: Study on the existing status of Red Panda in Jajarkot District

I, being selected by the Red Panda Network (RPN) for my thesis work, want to express my words of thanks. This award really will be contributing to my future career. Being selected for this research is like being trusted in my ability which inspires me to upgrade my roles and responsibility. This responsibility will drive me to work hard and give my best for this research.
In my view thesis research is a platform to sharpen our skills towards new finding and exploration in the real practical sense. I will be exposing my theoretical ideas to compare with the practical experiences and will be building, comparing and shifting my knowledge from theory towards the practical field. This will provide me ideas for future research and my involvement in the environmental sector and conservation activities. It will be the key to make my career. My research in this thesis work will let me learn more about the wildlife sector and will be providing a platform to present my learning. Red Panda is one of the threatened species needing urgent conservation. So my research on the baseline survey of Red Panda in Khotang district on one hand will be contributing findings to institutions and conservationists working in this sector and on the other hand will develop my skills. In addition to this, since I am keen to work for the conservation of Red Panda, I am looking forward to focus this research in future works too. So, of course it will help me build up my working stamina in the research activities.

[singlepic=633,125,,,right]Manoj Bhatta: Baseline study and conservation status of Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) in Jumla, Nepal

It’s my pleasure to be selected as a research grantee from an organization like Red Panda Network (RPN) which is leading in conservation of wild Red Pandas and their habitat.
The Red Panda Network Scholarship Program plays a key role in order to harness the growing energy of young researchers in the field of conservation and also in partial fulfillment of the requirement for thesis year student like me. Further, the scholarship will contribute to gain firsthand experience conducting base line study of Red Panda in Jumla, western Nepal, because so far most of the studies have been conducted in the eastern Nepal. It is expected to acquire research experiences with Red Panda, its ecology, behavior, and habitat requirement which will aid practical conservation management of Nepal.

[singlepic=647,125,,,right]Badri Baral: Distribution of, and threats to, Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) in unexplored forest of Jajarkot District, Western Nepal

Thank You Red Panda Network for granting me the Red Panda Network Scholarship 2012. The scholarship holds a good grant amount which can not only support the red panda conservation but also aid in my career. I’ll be using this grant for the base-line study of red panda in an area where no such research has previously been carried out. Moreover, I’ll be able to establish a good relationship with the researchers and experts who have been working on the same field. With reference to their experience and studies I will also be able to enhance and equip my career. My work in the field can be published as documentation which can also be used as a reference for future experts working in the field. This will definitely uplift many similar careers in the coming years.