How to apply for a research placement

Program fees for arrivals between 1st January and  31st December 2018

GB£ 1,795 / US$ 3,310 per four weeks.

Invoicing is based on a per day basis.  Your fee includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation and three meals per day.  The cost of flights, visas and permits, travel insurance, optional trips and activities are not included in this price.

If you require additional resources over and above what is available at the project site additional charges will be incurred in arranging these for you.

How to Apply

To undertake any research-related activity at any of the project sites, or countries within which ALERT operates, you should submit a detailed research proposal, and a copy of your CV a minimum of six months ahead of your intended study start date to You are also required to provide a letter of confirmation/recommendation from the head of your academic institution or project supervisor.

Research may only commence once you have received a letter of acceptance from ALERT and all fees have been received. 

Some projects may require an application to the local wildlife authority for a research permit. The application process for this varies from country to country, but can be a lengthy. ALERT can facilitate the application process on your behalf but students are responsible for the payment of any incurred fees and should be aware that delays in approval may affect the start date of your project.


We do not accept applications simply asking us what research you should do. 

ALERT will prioritize placements for any study that provides an independent review of our existing programs or that adds to the effectiveness of those programs.  Priority will also be given to new and/or applied research. Please note that you may be onsite at the same time as other Facilitated Research students.

It is important to note that the success of each study is largely dependent on the individual undertaking the study. Comprehensive consideration of your research concept and planning before arriving at your study site is the most important element to a successful project.


The Fine Print

1. Your program fees

Your fee includes:

  • comfortable but basic accommodation in shared rooms (twin / triple) with communal shower and bathroom facilities.
  • Three meals per day are provided, as are water and cordials; we can cater for most dietary requirements.
  • Your laundry will be washed, ironed and folded for you during your stay.
  • Collection from the nearest airport to your project location is provided.

Your fee includes the use of facilities (such as transport) already operating by your host project. Any additional requirements by the student for such amenities may be subject to an additional cost.

Researchers based at any of ALERT’s partner organisations operating volunteer programs (such as the lion release program) should be aware that volunteer activities (such as lion walks) are capacity limited. Unless already agreed as a part of your project, researchers wishing to join such activities during their free time must seek the permission of the on-site project manager before taking part.

The cost of flights, travel insurance, visas, optional trips and activities and items of a personal nature are not included in the program fees.

If you wish to study with ALERT, you will need to obtain a Police Check.  You may be working closely with children or vulnerable adults to some extent during your stay; therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that these people are adequately safeguarded.  For students from the UK, we will arrange the check for you at a cost of £20, which will be added to your invoice and payable along with your deposit.  For students from all other countries, please contact your local police department for advice on how to go about arranging your check.  All participants on all of our programs are required to undertake a police check before their placement commences.

2. Payment schedule

An administration fee of GB£300 / US$540 must be paid on acceptance onto the Program, and is strictly non-refundable.  The administration fee will be deducted from your final program fee payment.

The balance of your program fee is payable no later than 90 days prior to arrival.  Should your placement involve multiple stays, the program fee for each period of placement is payable 90 days prior to arrival for that period.

ALERT reserves the right to cancel the placement if there is non-payment without prior arrangement.

If booking less than 90 days before placement starts, payment should be made within one week of presentation of an invoice.

3.  Cancellation

Refunds exclude all travel and/or extraneous expenses of your trip plan. 

Cancellation up to 90 days prior to commencement will be 100% refunded for cost of program.  Cancellation between 61-90 days of commencement will be 75% refunded. Cancellation between 31-60 days of commencement will be 50% refunded.  Cancellation within 30 days of scheduled arrival cannot be refunded.  Any refunds due will be less the less the administration fees. 

In most cases ALERT will permit the deferment of your arrival date to an alternative agreed upon arrival date. However, should any costs be incurred by ALERT as a result of deferment these will be passed onto you for payment.

In the unlikely event of ALERT cancelling your placement (due to circumstances beyond our control) we will, if possible, offer an alternative location. If this is not acceptable to you, all program fees will be refunded.

If your placement is terminated by ALERT during your placement due to circumstances beyond our control and alternative arrangements are not acceptable to you, all fees from the date your placement is terminated will be refunded.

If your placement is terminated by ALERT as a result of infringement of the code of conduct, you will not be entitled to claim any refund.

If you terminate your placement at any time during your placement, you will not be entitled to claim any refund.

You will not be entitled to claim any other costs applicable to your placement, and/or any charges relating to change in travel plans. All travel expenses is for your account.

4. Reporting and publication

Researchers agree to allow ALERT to publish their name, project title and synopsis on its website.

Long-term researchers (> 6 months) are required to provide written reports on the progress of their project and any changes to the objectives and methods of their project to ALERT bi-annually on dates to be agreed.

On completion of your project, all students are required to provide ALERT with a synopsis of work accomplished (activities and findings) before leaving the project along with any recommendations. An anticipated date by which full data analysis and project write-up will be completed should also be included.

Once finished you are obliged to submit a copy of your thesis to ALERT.

ALERT will have the right to use any information supplied by the researchers.  However, ALERT recognizes that the researcher has rights to their information.  Therefore, ALERT will not seek to publish information supplied by the researcher in scientific journals, social media or the popular press unless written permission of the researcher has been obtained. However, ALERT will not be liable for unauthorized publications of the information supplied to it by the researcher. 

Any articles submitted for publication arising from your research project should list ALERT as co-author.

In all publications resulting from the research, the association of the researcher with ALERT and the project site at which the project was carried out should be acknowledged.

5.  General Terms

ALERT will not be held liable for any incidental expenses incurred as a result of your placement, such as vaccinations, visas, non-refundable flights.

Travel insurance is a pre-requisite for placement and should include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses, the cost of repatriation and a cancellation clause.  Should you not have adequate cover prior to the commencement of your placement, you may not be allowed to continue on the program and will have no right to a refund.

Any claims concerning matters for which you are insured must be directed to your insurers.

Any information provided by ALERT on matters such as visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, for example, is given in good faith. We cannot take responsibility for obtaining any necessary visas and travel documentation required for your placement, unless otherwise agreed and confirmed in writing as part of our service agreement to you.

Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you realise the potential hazards that may arise in this kind of travel, including injury, disease, loss of or damage to property, inconvenience or discomfort. Please allow for flexibility in this kind of travel. Changes in itinerary may be caused by circumstances beyond our control. No refunds will be issued on services not utilised.

When booking your flights you might consider booking a changeable return ticket. If circumstances arise which lead to extra expenses because you have purchased a non-changeable ticket, you will be solely responsible for the expense.