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The Tropical Resources Institute, or TRI, is an interdisciplinary, non-degree-granting center located within the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The mission of TRI is to support interdisciplinary, problem-oriented student research on the most complex challenges confronting the conservation and management of tropical environments and natural resources worldwide. TRI also sponsors and promotes educational initiatives throughout the academic year that focus on timely conservation and development issues in the global tropics.

TRI administers the TRI Endowment Fellowship, which supports Masters and Doctoral level research in the tropics each year, and the Sri Lanka Forest Conservation Fund, which supports research at the Field Center for the Sri Lanka Program in Forest Conservation.

Director: Simon Queenborough, Mrs. John (Elizabeth W.) Musser Director, Lecturer and Research Scientist, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Current TRI Student Research in the Tropics (by region)

Latin America and Hawaii Africa Asia



Notes from the Field

New blogs are up from 2016 TRI Fellows! Read reports from:

Samantha Garvin in Bostwana

Samuel Geldin in Indonesia

Abdul-Majeed Ibrahim in Ghana

Meghna Krishnadas in India

Meredith Martin in Mexico

Kira McCall in Rwanda

Tess McNamara in Cuba

Irene Montes in Colombia

Chandni Navalkha in Mexico

Sarah Sax in Peru

Katherine Young in Brazil

TRI Events and Deadlines 2016-2017

Please check back periodically for updates.

Sept 22, 2016 - Returning Fellows Reception

Sept 30, 2016 - Returning Fellows: Abstracts, photos and grant reports due

TBD Sept-Nov 2016 - Info session(s) for prospective applicants

Oct 7, 2016 - Bulletin authors: Outlines due

Nov 4, 2016 - Bulletin authors: First draft manuscript due

TBD Nov-Dec 2016 - Proposal writing workshop

Dec 16, 2016 - Bulletin authors: Second draft manuscript due

Jan-Feb 2017 - Applicants discuss proposals, including IRB and direct deposit, with staff

Feb 3, 2017 - Bulletin authors: Final draft manuscript due (deadline to be considered for Burch Prize)

Feb 20, 2017 - Applicants: Proposals due

Feb 24, 2017 - Spring Research Symposium

Mar 20, 2017 - Finalists: Proposal edits due

Mid-April, 2017 - Fellowship awards announced

Mid-April, 2017 - Pre-Departure workshop

April 26, 2017 - Welcome/Farewell Reception

May 2017 - Bulletin published, Burch Prize announced

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