Beaver Institute Scholarship
The Beaver Institute (located in Massachusetts, United States) provides a comprehensive online course that mentors and trains professionals to resolve human-beaver conflicts using non-lethal and scientifically-proven techniques. Students learn about the role of beavers as a keystone species and how to build and install successful water control devices to resolve beaver dam flooding problems. This program is ideal for individuals interested in beaver management, compassionate conservation, wetlands, biodiversity, restoring streams and ecology. Graduates receive a certificate upon completion of the course. For more information about the BeaverCorps Training Program and the Beaver Institute please visit: beaverinstitute.org/programs/beavercorps-program/overview.
Each year, The Fur-Bearers offers one Canadian a full scholarship (approximate value $2,500 USD) to complete the Beaver Institute’s training program. This is a self-paced program that can be completed at your own pace and is expected to be completed within one year.
- The applicant must be a resident of Canada.
- Applicants must include a description of their interest in the program and their plans to apply the knowledge gained in the course to real world applications in resolving human-beaver conflicts.
- Applicants are expected to complete the program within 12 months of registration.
- This program requires in-field construction efforts. Applicants should be comfortable in water, lifting heavy objects and using power tools.
- Applicants must agree to the terms included in the scholarship application.
How to Apply
Decisions will be made by The Fur-Bearers Scholarship Evaluation Committee and will be assessed on the commitment to resolving human-beaver conflicts, promoting coexistence with wildlife, practical application of the training, and completeness of the application. All decisions made by the evaluation committee are final.
Testimonials from past recipients
The Beaver Institute’s research material was very relevant and in-depth in the area of non-lethal beaver management. Mike teaches a variety of practical alternative strategies, backed by up-to-date research. I left the course with a positive outcome and a clear way forward on how to proceed with non-lethal beaver management. I look forward to applying the theoretical knowledge with the practical application I have learned from this program to help preserve beaver populations in my community. Thank you The Fur-Bearers, for offering this scholarship which allowed me the opportunity to enroll in this well-resourced and highly valuable program.
Director of Animal Care and Wildlife Services