Student Programs

Scholarships & Grants

Conference Scholarships. The WFO Student Programs committee is pleased to offer scholarships for students to attend the annual conference. Up to ten scholarships are offered to students between the ages of 12 to 22, with eight scholarships for students in Grades 6 through 12, and two scholarships for college students working toward a bachelor’s degree.

The scholarship includes most expenses and fees associated with the annual conference, including: registration fees; a full-day field trip for both Thursday and Sunday (as space allows); box lunches for the full day field trips; a morning field trip and/or workshop for both Friday and Saturday morning; two tickets to the banquet for the recipient and a family member; and up to four nights hotel accommodations at the conference center, including breakfast for one person. [Please note that a double room will be reserved for those attending with family member(s)]. Application deadline is May 15, 2024.

Download the application instructions here.
Download the application form here.

Additional details about the upcoming conference are provided by clicking here.

Research Support Grants. The research grant program supports graduate and undergraduate student research and internships in the field biology of birds. The program supports WFO‛s mission of promoting the study of birds throughout western North America and supports the mission of the WFO Student Programs Committee to help develop the next generation of field ornithologists and sustain a long term bond between young ornithologists and WFO. Application deadline was March 15, 2024.

Download the application instructions here.

Annual WFO Conference Student Programs


Western Field Ornithologists (WFO) hosts an annual conference that student birders are encouraged and welcome to attend. In addition to great people, there are field trips, workshops, scientific presentations, sound identification panels, expert identification panels, a keynote speaker, a book auction, a banquet and more.

To get a sense of the breadth and variety of programs for students at the annual conference, check out the 2022 conference activities for students and the 2023 conference activities for students. And, don't miss the 2024 conference!