Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 program. The International Field Study Program-Indonesia (IFSP-Indonesia) is an interdisciplinary educational program established in 1995 in collaboration with the Pusat Studi Satwa Primata (Primate Research Center, PSSP) at the Institut Pertanian Bogor (Bogor Agricultural University, IPB) in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. The program is designed to provide field-based educational, training, and research opportunities for individuals interested in Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, Primatology, Environmental Science, and Global Health. Through a formal agreement established between the University of Washington’s Center for Global Field Study and the PSSP-IPB, students, staff and professionals from the University of Washington and partnering institutions may participate in the International Field Study Program-Indonesia conducted at PSSP-IPB affiliated field sites and facilities in Indonesia.
The 2014 IFSP-Indonesia program will take place on Tinjil Island which is located off the
south coast of
Banten, Indonesia. The island is approximately 600 ha in size
and consists of lowland tropical rainforest and coastal/beach
vegetation. It is surrounded by coral reef that provides home to a
variety of aquatic marine animals. Tinjil Island was developed as a
natural habitat breeding facility for free-ranging longtailed
macaque (Macaca fascicularis) monkeys and has a current population
size estimated in excess of 1300 monkeys. Native fauna includes
bats, rats, a number of bird and reptile species, and a wide variety
of insects and crustacea. This island facility offers an excellent
setting in which to gain field study experience and conduct field
During the program, students, staff and professionals from IPB and affiliated institutions also will participate in the program courses and/or conduct independent research projects on the island. This joint participation offers a unique opportunity for cultural exchange and awareness, and enables further development of foreign language competency among the participants from both countries.
The IFSP-Indonesia provides an excellent opportunity for participants to experience first hand the demands and rewards of living and conducting research in tropical field conditions. This program is emotionally and physically demanding and requires strong commitment and motivation on the part of the participants. Individuals with a sincere interest in research and an appreciation of foreign cultures should find this program an exciting and challenging experience. To date, over 80 students from the University of Washington and other U.S. universities have participated in this international field study program.