Want to support a young scientist from a developing country to overcome disadvantages of living in a developing country?
I am a PhD student and an ecologist based in Ankara, Turkey. My studies focuses mainly on threatened bird species in my region, community ecology and functional ecology. I also organize awareness raising events and nature and birdwatching education for kids along with my birdwatching group. I have been working hard to overcome the difficulty of making an academic career in a developing country. As a part of my efforts to break out my shell and reach out, I am trying to attend conferences, workshops abroad and to form networks with researchers from other countries. That's how I learned about Smithsonian Institute's Statistics for Ecologist and Conservation Biologists course. I applied for the course and I got accepted! I also applied for scholarship to cover my flight, visa and the course fee but unfortunately I couldn't secure a scholarship.
There aren't many ecologists in my country who are equipped with statistical tools to carry out their research and I basically have nobody around me to ask my questions to or simply to teach me things. Countries like mine are losing their biodiversity at an astonishingly high rate and they are where the qualified researchers and high-quality research are needed the most. If I can attend this course, I will certainly make the most out of it and put the knowledge I will gain to good practice in my future career as an ecologist and conservation biologist. The course's "reduced" fee for people from developing countries is 2,113 USD and together with plane tickets, visa application fee and domestic transports I need around 4,000 USD. Luckily, I can cover some part of that and unluckily, I only have 6 days to pay the course fee and I am out of options.
So, here I am reaching out to all of you and asking for help to overcome disadvantages of living and studying in a developing country. I strongly believe that this course will be worth every cent and in the end I will be better equipped to conserve already fragile wildlife in my country and produce urgently needed high-quality scientific research. Thank you very much for your support!