The Cave Conservancy Foundation 2020-2021 Fellowship program has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to financial impact cause by the Coronavirus restrictions, it is necessary for the Cave Conservancy Foundation to cancel the already advertised 2020-2021 Fellowship program. The Foundation regrets any inconvenience that this may have caused and hope that we can renew the program next year.

20?? Academic Fellowships Announcement

Since 1997 the Foundation has offered 50+ fellowships, totaling close to $500,000. Many professionals have been involved in the selection process, but special recognition is warrant for Dr. David Culver and Dr. Horton H. Hobbs who proposed and developed the program and had led the program since its establishment. In 2015 we welcomed Dr. Annette S. Engel on board as the contact for graduate fellowships (M.S. and Ph.D.) replacing retiring Dr. David Culver. In 2016 we are saddened by the passing of Dr. Horton H. Hobbs III and we welcome Dr. Daniel W. Fong as our contact for undergraduate fellowships.



The Cave Conservancy Foundation will award an Undergraduate Fellowship in Karst Studies for $6000, a M.S. Graduate Fellowship in Karst Studies for $7000, and a Ph.D. Graduate Fellowship in Karst Studies for $20,000. Any study of caves and karst in any field, including but not limited to archaeology, biology, engineering, geography, geology, and social sciences will be considered. The research can involve any cave and karst areas, including those outside the United States. Applicants must be full-time students at a U.S. college or university.



Applicants for the undergraduate fellowship must include a letter of intent, a research proposal (not exceeding 5000 words), a letter of support from the undergraduate advisor, and undergraduate transcripts. E-mail applications, with “request receipt” notation to: and The complete application must be received by May 1, 20??. The award will be announced by June 1, 20??. For more information contact Dr. Daniel W. Fong, via e-mail at





Applicants for the graduate fellowships (M.S. and Ph.D.) must include a letter of intent, a curriculum vita, a thesis proposal (not to exceed 5000 words), graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, one being from the thesis advisor. E-mail application, with “request receipt” notation, to: and The complete application must be received by May 1, 20??. The award will be announced by July 1, 20??. For more information contact Dr. Annette S. Engel, via e-mail at

If it is necessary to mail the application send it to: Cave Conservancy Foundation; Attn: Fellowship Program; 13131 Overhill Lake Lane; Glen Allen, VA 23059. Mailed material should be received at least one week before the E-mail due date to allow time for distribution. Please E-mail the appropriate above cited contacts that mailed material is being sent.

The Fellowship in Karst Studies Announcement.doc is no longer used. Please use this page for preparing your application.



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