Nominations for the Dr. Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship Award for the year 2013 have been invited by the Ministry Of Environment and Forests. The ministry had established this Fellowship Award in the year 1995 for experimental research projects on avian wildlife, while another Kailash Sankhla National Wildlife Fellowship award started in the year 1996 that is meant for research and experimental projects on mammalian wildlife.
In the statement released by ministry, the grant were initiated to honour the memory of these wildlife conservationists and to also inspire and encourage the younger generations to look towards being wildlife managers and scientists, by taking up research/experimental projects intended at preservation, protection and development of the loaded wildlife heritage of our nation.
The Dr Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship Award is offered in an odd numbered year, whereas, Kailash Sankhla National Wildlife Fellowship Award in presented in an even numbered year. Hence, these awards are conferred on alternate years.
The ministry has now improved the fellowship amount from being Rs 4000 per month to Rs now 20000 per month. The contingency amount figure has also been enhanced from being Rs 18000 per year to now being Rs 1 lac per year. The fellowships are paid for usually duration of two years. In cases of outstanding performance, offering of the fellowship amount may get extended by one more year.
The ministry statement also mentioned the improvement of fellowship and contingency amount offering is intended to create attention and interest among young researchers towards wildlife management.
Further elaborated details can be availed on the ministry's website - www.envfor.nic.in.