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Welcome to the La Gamba Field Station

Morning mist in the Esquinas rainforest
Morning mist in the Esquinas rainforest
The tropical field station seen from above
The tropical field station seen from above
Under the canopy
Under the canopy
Nursery on the Finca Alexis
Nursery on the Finca Alexis

The La Gamba Field Station is a research and teaching facility of the University of Vienna, situated at the edge of the Regenwald der Österreicher (Rainforest of the Austrians) in Costa Rica. Being located in one of the most species-rich lowland rainforests in Central America, it is an ideal location for field research, courses and seminars.

The field station plays a significant role in research into tropical rainforests, raises awareness of rainforest conservation and research, and provides an opportunity for students and anyone interested in the natural world to increase their knowledge of rainforests.
Why not visit us?

Ulrike Goldschmid-Grant for Research Work at the tropical field station La Gamba, Costa Rica

The Society for the promotion of the La Gamba Field Station offers a plethora of opportunities for field work, especially in the area of  bio- and geoscience. In order to increase the availability of scientific opportunities for advanced students, the Society for the promotion of the La Gamba Field Station announces  up to 2 scholarships for the year 2018.

Scientific research work in the context of Master, PhD and Postdoc studies (up to 7 years after PhD completion) is supported. The amount of financing per scholarship is 2.000 Euro per person;  additional funding is available and dependent on the projected costs.

Next application deadline: 30.10.2018


Application documents

• Detailed description of the research project (maximum 4 A4 pages, questions, working hypotheses, methodology, schedule, plus bibliography), in English
• Curriculum vitae, if applicable publication list
• Proof of acceptance of the master's or doctoral theses by the study program management or competent university body;
• Bachelor students are excluded from the promotion.
• Letter of recommendation (informal) from the scientific supervisor, signed in sealed envelope. The letter of recommendation should in particular address the importance of the planned stay in La Gamba for the research project.


Please send your application via e-Mail to tropenstation.botanik@univie.ac.at and hardcopy to:

Daniel Schaber
Dept. für Botanik & Biodiversitätsforschung
Universität Wien
Rennweg 14
1030 Wien



The board forms its decision on scholarships based on competitive criteria upon proposal by the scientific committee.  The scientific quality and originality of a proposal and the connection to the Tropical Field Station La Gamba are deciding factors. Should the need arise, we will consult suitable scientific professionals to help us with the evaluation of the exposes.   


The applicants will be informed in writing immediately after a decision has been reached. In the case that you have been selected for a scholarship you will receive a declaration of acceptance. Please fill in the declaration and send it to the to the association. 
The formal fulfillment of the requisite requirements precludes any form of legal entitlement to financial support. The allocation of scholarships is based on competitive standards and in accordance with existing financial means. Any recourse to courts of law is excluded. Only one scholarship will be awarded per person; this person is then exempt from any further future participation. 


The scholarship is payed out upon receipt of the declaration of acceptance.


It is mandatory to send a short progress report (ca. 2 pages) to the club no later than two months after the conclusion of your visit to La Gamba. Scholarship holders are further obliged to send the a association a digital copy of their master's thesis or dissertation (in pdf format). Should scientific publications arise from funded work at the Tropical Field Station La Gamba, these are to be sent o the club as well (preferably in digital form). 

Tropenstation La Gamba | Department für Botanik und Biodiversitätsforschung | Rennweg 14 | 1030 Wien | T +43-1-4277-57420