The WCN Scholarship Program
The WCN Scholarship Program funds graduate education and applied training for community-based conservationists dedicated to working in their home countries. WCN’s vision is that graduates of the Scholarship Program will become leaders in wildlife conservation. By working with local people as effective stewards of their environment, they will create a world in which wildlife and communities may co-exist and thrive.
All candidates must be:
Nominated by a WCN Partner or Guest Speaker, WCS Conservationist, WWF Conservationist, Whitley Award recipient, Rufford Foundation continuation funding recipient, or Tusk-supported conservationist
A national of a country in Central or South America, Eastern Europe, Asia or Africa
Committed to a lifelong career in wildlife conservation in his/her home country
A college graduate
Enrolled in or planning to enroll in a masters-level, doctorate, or applied training program
Please note that all nominees must be focused on protecting terrestrial mammal(s). They need to be focused on one or more specific wildlife species, not a pure landscape approach.
Also please note that there must also be a close mentoring relationship between the nominator and the nominee. WCN has a very high success rate of scholarship recipients continuing their careers in wildlife conservation, and they attribute this largely to the long-term guidance and support that scholarship recipients receive from their nominators.
The nomination form (preceded by nomination guidelines) is attached. I have also attached the Scholarship Program Overview, which details the eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application process. Please complete one nomination form for each candidate you nominate. The nomination deadline is November 20, 2014 to Eve Schaeffer at WCN (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Russell. E Train Fellowships & Grants
Since 1994, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) has been providing financial support for training and education to conservationists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This year, EFN has several exciting opportunities for conservationists from select countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Please share this information with your colleagues and partners in the field.
2014 Fellowship and Grant Opportunities
1) Russell E. Train Fellowships support proven and potential leaders from select WWF priority places to pursue masters or doctoral degrees in conservation-related fields. Applicants may be at any point in their academic program (have applied, been accepted, current enrolled) and may study anywhere in the world. Fellowships cover up to $30,000 per year for a maximum of two years. After completing their degree, applicants must return to their home country to work in conservation. Eligible countries include: Asia: Cambodia and Myanmar; Africa: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, and Zambia; and Latin America: Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Deadline: February 28, 2014 (https://worldwildlife.org/projects/train-fellowships)
2) Russell E. Train Fellowships for current and aspiring university faculty support individuals affiliated with or currently employed at African, Asian and Latin American universities in select countries to pursue doctoral degrees in social science, natural science and other conservation-related fields at any university around the world. Applicants may be at any point in their academic program (have applied, been accepted or current enrolled). After completing a degree, the individual is expected to return to their home country to strengthen graduate-level conservation programs and increase local university capacity for conservation education. Through this new opportunity, EFN aims to improve the capacity of universities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and encourage future conservationists to study in their home countries. Applicants from the 28 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are eligible for this opportunity. For the full list of countries please click here.
Deadline: February 28, 2014 (https://worldwildlife.org/projects/train-fellowships)
3) Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. Applicants may attend short courses, conferences, symposium and other training courses. Applicants must have at least three years of conservation work experience. There is no minimum educational requirement to apply for these grants. Professionals from select WWF priority places are eligible to apply. Applicants may request up to $6,500 for the proposed training. Grants are awarded on a rolling-basis throughout the year.
4) Conservation Workshop Grants fund organizations to train communities, stakeholders, park guards, and others on local and regional conservation issues. These grants support training workshops with a strong hands-on learning component that will build capacity for people living in WWF priority places in select countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Organizations may request up to $7,500 for the proposed training. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
5) Reforestation Grants provide up to $10,000 in funding to organizations from select WWF priority places to conduct restoration and reforestation projects aimed at regaining ecological integrity and enhancing human wellbeing in deforested or degraded forest landscapes (mangrove project are eligible).
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Please share this information with your colleagues and partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. WWF staff interested in applying for fellowships or grants should contact EFN at email@example.com prior to completing an application to determine eligibility.
To learn more about EFN’s work and other funding opportunities, please visit our website: www.worldwildlife.org/efn or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.