Podcast: Josh Powell | National Geographic Explorer & WWF Voices Presenter
Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself, how has this person done so much in such a short space of time?
I felt like that speaking to today’s inspiring guest – Josh Powell.
Joshua is a conservation biologist and presenter for the WWF Voices campaign on global biodiversity, covering conservation issues from the High Arctic to the Antarctic.
In 2017, as a National Geographic Explorer, Josh co-founded Rangers Without Borders, a conservation research programme working with wildlife rangers in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
Josh is currently completing a PhD at the Zoological Society of London and UCL on Amur tiger conservation in north-eastern Asia.
And as an advisor for The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on environment and society, Josh was recently named one of The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World.
He’s a busy guy.
In this episode we talk about what drives him in his career, how he’s managed to open so many doors to opportunities and he shares some fantastic advice for what you can do to follow in his impressive footsteps.
It’s in aspiring and wide-ranging chat, so let’s dive in!
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Links & Resources
Find up-to-date information on what Josh Powell is up to on social:
See more from #WWFVoices via WWF International: @wwf
Check out Josh’s ZSL profile to learn more about his research on Amur tigers.
Here’s a full list of useful resources mentioned in the podcast:
- The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership
- UK policy roles with Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency, as well as their devolved counterparts, other department and agencies (e.g. Forestry Commission), JNCC, and the British Overseas Territories.
- Winston Churchill Memorial Trust UK (also counterparts in Australia and New Zealand) – Fellowships for overseas travel to bring benefit for the UK, with a dedicated Environment category.
- Thouron Award – Full scholarships for graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania, USA (UK applicants) or in the UK (USA applicants).
- The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – for Masters students in certain Commonwealth countries.
- Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) – Explore (fieldwork planning weekend every November) and Geography Outdoors office for fieldwork and research planning.
- The Explorers Club – New York-based institution with worldwide chapters, seeking to advance scientific research and field study.
- The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – Funding, support and training for young change-makers from, or working in, a Commonwealth country.
Tips for other scholarships: There are lots of other scholarships for studying in the USA (i.e. Kennedy Scholarship) and UK (Rhodes Scholarship, Gates-Cambridge, Mitchell Scholarship, Marshal Scholarship, Fulbright). Students from, or wishing to study in, other countries, should be aware that scholarships are often available and it is worth checking the individual university website (e.g. Monash Scholarships for Australia).