Research Grants

The Orangutan Foundation runs a small research grants programme for students studying orangutan behaviour and ecology or related rainforest field research in Indonesia.

In 2016, the Foundation launched a special award Sir Terry Pratchett “Oook” Award for the Conservation of Orangutans and Their Habitat, in memory of late Orangutan Foundation trustee, Sir Terry Pratchett.



Applications will only be considered from students studying orangutan behaviour and ecology or related rainforest field research in Indonesia. Preference will be given to research focusing on understudied populations and to candidates demonstrating a high level of competence.

Up to four grants are awarded annually to a maximum of £500 each.

The application deadline: The application deadline is 31st May 2017.

You can download the Grant Guidelines and Application Form here Research Grant and Application Form Procedure.


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Past Research Grants


  • Alison Ashbury – developing survey techniques to study orangutan populations and their geographic ranges in East Kalimantan.
  • James Askew – studying orangutans inhabiting the West Toba region of Sumatra to produce density and distribution estimates.
  • Aini Hasanah – research comparing captive and semi-wild orangutan nest-building preferences in Sepilok.



  • Aini Hasanah – study of human interactions with orangutans.
  • Venty Angelia Nawangsari – research into reintroduction of orangutans to the forest.



  • Aisyah Hadi Ramadani - Survey of Population and Habitat White Bearded Gibbon in Sebangau Peat Forest.

  • Sardino - Fish Species Identification Using Drifting gill nets (gillnets) in Ayut River Bintang Mengalih Village-Belantikan Raya, Distric of Lamandau-Central Kalimantan.

  • Vania Zulfa - The Relationship Between Knowledge of Orangutan Conservation with Public Awareness in Tanjung Harapan Village, Central Kalimantan.



  • Ristika Putri Istanti - Mating habits of proboscis monkey.

  • Fifin Fitriana Habitat - Spatial Modeling of Orangutan Kalimantan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbi) Habitat Suitability in Sungai Lamandau.

  • Febrian Achmad Nurudin - Fish Diversity in Sungai Sekonyer, Tanjung Puting National Park.



  • Maulya Syaputra (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta) - Diversity of Birds at Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan.

  • Fifin Fitriana (Bogor Agriculture University) - Spatial modelling of Borneo orangutan’s habitat using GIS and remote sensing In Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan.

  • M. Mirsageri Bogor Agricultural University - Endoparasitic study for wildlife conservation and zoonotic disease preventive measures in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

  • Untari Uni Comara (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta) - Feeding Behavior and Home Range Of Rehabilitated Orangutans in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.



  • Dewi Rebecca Nury (Faculty of Forestry Gadjah Mada University) – The effect of tourism on orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) behaviour in Central Kalimantan.

  • Sofia Forss (University of Zurich) - Testing potential behavioural differences between Pongi abelii and Pongo pygmaeus due to cultural differences between populations.

  • Putri Taniasari (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta) – Distribution and behaviour of nesting orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan.



  • Megan Cattau (Duke University) - Orangutans and Lowland Peat-Swamp Forests in Kalimantan: Using Carbon Market Value for Conservation. Research site - "Block C" of the former Mega-Rice Project.

  • Harri Purnomo (Bogor Agriculture University) - The Diversity of Bird Species at Several Habitat Types in Pondok Ambung, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan.

  • Yusi Indriani (Bogor Agriculture University) - The Diversity of Butterfly Species at Several Habitat Types in Pondok Ambung, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan.


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