Student Eligibility & Basic Policies

All Bridge Program students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time the program starts.
  • Follow written English and verbal instructions from program staff.
  • Follow the AF code of conduct regarding in-person and online activities.
  • Be able to move about independently or with a companion assistant in a range of outdoor wilderness habitats including but not limited to aquatic wetlands, forests, and urban parks.
  • Communicate clearly and efficiently with staff and peers about safety concerns or problems.
  • Make scheduled payments on time.
  • Have access to a home computer or laptop and a working cell phone.
  • Follow biosecurity and COVID protocols at all times.

What do I get from attending the Bridge Program at the Amphibian Foundation?

There are many benefits to joining us as a Research Assistant or Research Scholar in the Bridge Program for Conservation Research. Benefits such as:

  • A broadened set of skills within the fields of conservation biology, experimental biology, organismal biology, all focusing on a variety of related disciplines.
  • Field and laboratory experience
  • Certification as a Master Herpetologist
  • Certification in Handling & Management in Venomous Reptiles
  • Mentored Research Experience
  • Mentored Research design and implementation (Research Scholars)
  • Cultivation of a network of research, academic, and agency professionals
  • Contribution to the conservation of state and federally listed endangered species
  • Career support in the form of recommendations, resume and CV building
  • Article writing and publications (Research Scholars)

When can I start?

Preferably, you can start at the beginning of any of the three semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall). We are happy to make arrangements with you if that is not possible.

What does tuition include?

Tuition costs include on-campus instruction, courses, mentoring and access to the AF labs, libraries, resources, and connections

What does tuition not include?

Housing, food, transport, and laptop (recommended).

Can you help me find housing?

Absolutely! Many of you are coming from outside the greater Atlanta area, and will need to at least temporarily relocated to participate in the Bridge Program. We are happy to help find suitable housing, and potentially suggest AF staff, interns, and volunteers looking for roomates.

Are scholarships, grants, and awards available?

The Conservation Research Bridge Program is a tuition supported program, though we are actively seeking out grants and awards to support scholarships for students. There are several scholarships currently available, which can be viewed here. Once you apply to the program, we will work with you to apply all applicable and available scholarships.

Does the Bridge Program accept international students?

Yes! While we are happy to assist with supporting documents and the visa application in general, the application itself is the responsibility of the applicant.

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