Lorraine P Jenkins (circa 1950)Mrs. Lorraine Phyllis Jenkins of Sacramento, California, was an elementary school teacher and a long-time supporter of orangutan research.  She encouraged her son, Dr. Gary Shapiro, President of Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and Chairman of Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative, to enter the field to conduct orangutan research as a graduate student. Mrs. Jenkins died on November 21, 1997, following a losing battle with cancer. In her memory, the LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship for Orangutan and Rainforest Research (LP Jenkins Fellowship) was created and administered through the Orangutan Foundation International until November 2004 when the OFI Board transferred the LP Jenkins Fellowship to the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative at the request of Dr. Shapiro.

The LPJenkins Fellowship is a competitive award open to all graduate and undergraduate students planning to conduct field research on orangutans, related rainforest or conservation education in Indonesia. Priority consideration in 2014 will be given to graduate students planning to study in Sumatra. One LP Jenkins Fellowship of $1,000 will be available for award in 2014.

Interested students are encouraged to apply during the spring of each year in order to be considered for an early summer award. Applications for 2014 are due by May 1, 2014. Complete applications should be sent to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation, 2461 Santa Monica Boulevard, #828, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA. An OURF Review Committee will evaluate the merits of each submitted application and may recommend one recipient to the President of OURF. The winner of the Fellowship will be notified privately by email and/or postal mail.

Applicants should realize that funds will not be disbursed to the Fellowship recipient until he or she show evidence of a valid research permit (if needed) to conduct their proposed study. Recipients are also expected to write two documents: one a popular report on their research to be published in OURF's newsletter, and a more scientific report of greater length which will be published by OURF in a series of occasional proceedings. Both reports should be submitted electronically and in hardcopy.

Application forms and instructions are available on this website.

Note to donors: You can help support this important research education program by making a donation to OURF earmarked for the LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship. You can send a check or make an online donation through Paypal. Be assured the donation will benefit a worthy student conducting important orangutan and/or rain forest research.