£1,000 Travel Prize Won by MSc Student

Rhya Fitzgerald

Many congratulations go to Rhys Fitzgerald, who is this year's winner of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales' Travel Scholarship.

Rhys, who is in his third year of an MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management, will be using his £1,000 prize to travel to Peru, where he will be studying three species of caiman. He plans to use the work he completes in Peru to form the basis of his thesis, and to aid him in his ambition of becoming a herpetologist and field biologist in Wales.

Rhys commented:

I would likely to show my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Welsh Livery Fund for their financial support, enabling me to carry out my Masters thesis project in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest studying caiman. The bursary will allow me to spend 8 weeks in the jungle, which will greatly enhance my field experience and prove invaluable for my future employ-ability. As a dissertation student I will be given the opportunity to lead caiman surveys along the Samiria River with the assistance of university research assistants and school kids, whom I hope to pass on my knowledge and passion for wildlife conservation.

The travel bursary is now closed for 2017, but entries for 2018 will re-open in early February.

The Worshipful Livery Company are also accepting applicants to their Gold Award scheme, which offers the chance to bid for £5,000 in funding to aid students, researchers and lecturers in furthering their careers in Wales.

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