placement Programme

CARNIVORE RESEARCH MALAWI (CRM) offers a tailored programme for students wishing to conduct their industrial / PTY / professional training placement overseas with us. Under this scheme we offer students the option to conduct their research project with us as part of the placement, as well as offering MSc and MRes opportunities for students from any University.

Placements and MRes / MSc projects are offered for periods of 1 to 10 months at any of our field sites. You can view the current suggested MRes and MSc project options here.


Joining CRM gives you a unique opportunity to work in a remote unspoilt African wilderness of Kasungu and Nyika National Parks, Malawi. Living in camp, you will feel like you are on a permanent safari surrounded by elephants, hippos, warthogs and monkeys. Our "office" is an African paradise.

Placement students join CRM in the field research sites. You will have the opportunity to gain many new skills including field research techniques such as radio tracking, camera trapping, spoor surveys, large mammal transect surveys, scat analysis, habitat surveys, and human wildlife conflict surveys.


  • Diversity of and spatial distribution of carnivores in an urban environment
  • Species specific dietary composition
  • Human wildlife conflict

Key facts

  • Duration: 1 to 10 months (longer stays are also possible, please get in touch)
  • Requirements: age 18+, and in good health
  • Location: Kasungu National Park; Nyika National Park; Lilongwe City, Malawi
  • Activities: Field Research on spotted hyaena and large mammals, education, community engagement: including camera trapping, radio tracking, spotlighting, large mammal foot transects, diet and parasite analysis, vegetation surveys, habitat assessments, data collation; Community Surveys and questionnaires
  • Arrival airport: Lilongwe International
  • Dates:We take volunteers at any time of year but we discourage start dates in the week of Christmas/New Year. Interested applicants should be aware that the rainy season (December - March) does affect the frequency of the research team's nightly radio-tracking due to limited road access in the park after heavy rainfall.


The costs of your placement vary according to how long you stay and include a donation to the project. Extensions to booked placements can be arranged at the project but are subject to availability. Minimum required stay is 1 month (due to the travel time to site). If you are interested in applying for our placement programme please download the application form and send your application to



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