A generous fellowship for undergraduate or graduate research.

The Dr. Allan W. Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund is a generous fellowship that provides funding for student projects at Wild Basin or other lands in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system. Hook Fellows' projects can be research-based or creative endeavors, and they can be grounded in any major at any college or university. Recent Hook Fellows have investigated new technologies for censusing deer, researched microbial communities in the streams and soils of Wild Basin, and created nature-based art installations.


Learn more and apply for a Hook Fellowship

2024 deadline: March 17, 2024

The application period for the Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund will open on February 15, 2024. Fellowships up to $5,000 stipend per student plus $1,500 supplies and $1,500 mentor stipend are offered for research or creative works at Wild Basin or other areas of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Guidelines and the application forms can be found below:

Applicants may be from any accredited college or university.


Check out this video from Justin Stewart, a former Hook Fellow now doing graduate studies abroad. His research on soil microbial communities at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was published in the FEMS Microbiology Letters Journal (Oxford University Press, February 2021).

Figure 2 - Graph

Research data (above) submitted by 2020 Hook Fellow and St. Edward’s student Edere Ohwobete shows noise levels (in decibels) at multiple locations within the preserve, and demonstrates that golden-cheeked warbler territories are located in areas with lower noise levels.

An overview of research and creative projects by Hook Fellows