Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation

The Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation is sponsored by the ZCOG Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Trust for Wildlife Conservation and managed by Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG).

The Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation honors the life, work, and memory of Dr. Devra Gail Kleiman, former assistant research director and senior research scientist at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC.  Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of conservation biology, Dr. Kleiman was also the author of over 150 scientific and popular publications, editor or coeditor of several books, including the much-referenced Wild Mammals in Captivity, and a mentor to hundreds of students throughout the world.  Dr. Kleiman is also well recognized for her contributions to environmental conservation in Brazil, most notably, for leading a cooperative international effort to save the golden lion tamarin and its Atlantic Coast rainforest habitat.

To celebrate Dr. Kleiman’s lifetime contributions to wildlife conservation and local capacity building in Brazil, ZCOG created the Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation, which provides annual scholarship funding to help support the participation of Brazilian zoo and aquarium personnel in professional training courses offered by the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s (AZA).  The scholarship is funded through ZCOG’s Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Trust for Wildlife Conservation.

Professionals working in zoos, aquariums, or in field conservation in Brazil may apply.

Scholarship Application

Visit the ZCOG website and download the 2014-2015 scholarship application from a link near the bottom of the page. Applications are due July 18, 2014. Full submission information is included in the application. Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year. Applications are evaluated and recipients are chosen by the AZA Professional Development Committee.

Please note: If you do not receive the award and plan to take the course anyway, the scholarship application does not represent a reserved space in an AZA course. To secure a space in a course you must submit a completed registration form, and pay the tuition in full. If you receive the award, your full tuition payment will be refunded.

Detailed Award Coverage

ZCOG awards cover the following AZA training course related expenses:

  • Course registration (full)
  • Round-trip airfare from the award recipient’s point of origin to the destination city hosting the workshop (full)
  • Round-trip airport shuttle ground transportation within the continental United States (full)
  • Hotel/lodging throughout the duration of the course (based on double occupancy rate)


  • Course registration: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s course registration.
  • Airfare: The award recipient shall forward a preferred travel itinerary, including departure and return dates, to ZCOG. ZCOG will arrange the award recipient’s airfare. The group will not reimburse award recipients for airfares purchased without first consulting ZCOG. Travel will be limited to dates surrounding the course.
  • Ground Transport: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s ground transportation.
  • Hotel/Lodging: ZCOG will cover hotel/lodging expenses for the award recipient via direct payment to the hotel. Lodging arrangements will be made by the AZA Professional Development Department.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the accommodations or courses. Dinners are mostly on your own.
  • Travel VISA: ZCOG will, if necessary, draft a letter of support that the award recipient can use for their US Travel VISA interview. 

For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department or call (301) 244-3351.

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