Full tuition scholarships available for West African students

Developing the next generation of African leaders for the conservation sector.
Développer la prochaine génération de leaders africains du secteur de la conservation.
Desenvolvendo a próxima geração de líderes africanos para o sector de conservação.

Do you want?

  • The ALU Advantage
  • Regular exposure to and mentorship by conservation professionals
  • Help design and participate in the annual Business of Conservation Conference
  • Annual support for sourcing internships at top conservation organizations
  • Financial support for internships and conferences
  • A strong network of conservation professionals

Language Immersion offered: 6 weeks English immersion-course for non-native speakers

Do you have?

  • Strong leadership potential?
  • High academic achievements?
  • Demonstrated dedication to nature conservation?
  • Curiosity, drive and motivation?

The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is a platform for young future leaders with interests in different disciplines to get cutting edge leadership training and learn to lead effectively in one of Africa’s most promising sectors for economic growth and sustainability – conservation

What is the SOWC Wildlife Conservation Specialisation?

Designed for students of the Global Challenges degree programme at our Rwanda campus, the programme exposes young leaders to basics of conservation ecology, politics, economics and business while equipping you with skills/tools you need to identify, analyze, effectively solve problems and leverage opportunities for the conservation sector.

The ALU Global Challenges Degree Programme

The Global Challenges (GC) programme prepares students to work on the world’s toughest challenges. Students develop leadership, entrepreneurship, and problem solving skills, tools for moonshot and unconventional thinking, and the discipline to direct their own learning around big problems.

ALU’s Global Challenges degree program is an inter-disciplinary course of study designed to address specific challenges facing Africa. Through social inquiry, applied data analysis, and internships, students are empowered to be agents of change in their selected area of study.

The Global Challenges degree program begins with ALU’s signature ‘Leadership Core’ – a set of mandatory courses aimed at preparing all graduates with 21st-century, real world skills. In order to specialize in Wildlife Conservation studies, Global Challenge students declare their ‘mission’ related to conservation, after which they will take courses, engage in projects, shadow experts, and conduct relevant research with facilitation and support from the School of Wildlife Conservation.

All ALU students are encouraged to gain one year work experience through four 3-month internships in relevant or transferable fields of expertise. This may be a conservation organization, protected area management, tourism facility or corporate organisation with appropriate conservation stakeholder interest.

A Global Challenge degree specializing in Conservation ultimately culminates in a published ‘manifesto’, outlining how each student plans to impact wildlife conservation throughout their career.

How it Works

The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation weaves its content and expertise into the undergraduate degree program. Built on the philosophy of ‘missions not majors’, this program develops future African leaders with the explicit mission of conserving Africa’s natural wildlife ecosystem while balancing the interests of local communities and their economies.

Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and recruiting students from communities near the most important protected areas and from the countries facing the gravest conservation challenges.

Course Structure

Modules for your conservation learning journey alongside your main degree programme will include:

Teaching and learning are done through facilitated lectures, MOOCs, videos, individual and group assignments and weekend intensive days. Students also do a conservation capstone project.

Eligibility Criteria for the BA (Hons) Global Challenges with a specialisation in Wildlife Conservation

  • Passed a final national senior secondary school exam
  • Graduated from secondary school at the time of enrollment.
  • Between the ages of 18 to 23 years old at the time of enrolment.
  • Passed at least 2 A-levels or equivalent with a minimum grade C
  • Interested in the ALU Global Challenges degree

Funding Support

Unique scholarship opportunities covering the cost of our conservation learning journey and for select students also the costs of the GC programme and related expenses Decision will be made 7 days after submitting your programme application.

ALU Scholarship for Young Conservation Leaders

The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is dedicated to developing ethical African leaders for conservation. We believe that by equipping Africa’s top talent with tools and real world experience they can shape the destiny of Africa’s natural heritage. The Scholarship for Young Conservation Leaders is aimed at empowering future leaders with a demonstrated passion for conservation–to pursue fully funded bachelor’s degrees at ALU Rwanda in any track of their choice within the Global Challenges degree. Beneficiaries will come from a diverse set of African countries in particular those with viable wildlife populations.

The scholarship includes full coverage of tuition for the degree, plus a living expenses/internship stipend of US $2000 per year. Conservation scholars benefit from unique access to seasoned conservation professionals through the Conservationist in Residence program, guest speakers and faculty. These professionals also provide mentorship and career guidance. The students also receive one-on-one guidance to design, drive and launch a conservation related mission. The school further assists students to secure internships in positions relevant to conservation.


  • Attend at least 6 “conservation talks” each term,
  • Attend all scheduled tutorial sessions
  • Take up at least two of their three internships with a conservation organization or department within an organization
  • Complete their capstone project on a conservation related area and
  • Work for a minimum of two years in a position relevant to conservation in Africa upon graduation

The scholarship committee selects scholars based on the following criteria

  • Leadership Potential: maximizing the opportunities of wildlife conservation will require courageous leadership therefore we seek young people who have demonstrated the potential to lead by actively participating in identifying and solving problems in their communities.
  • Demonstrated passion for the environment: the committee will be looking for candidates who are excited about the environment and have acted on that passion in practical and sustainable ways.
  • Commitment to dedicate all or large portions of their career to conservation: environmental conservation is a long-game, we are seeking young people with grit and vision to innovatively work through the challenges of managing Africa’s natural assets.

How to Apply

  • Apply to ALU Rwanda campus Undergraduate programme
  • Upon admission submit a high-quality essay about your conservation mission and projects.

The deadline for undergraduate scholarship applications is June 11, however students have to apply into ALU 7-14 days before that deadline in order to be able to access the post-admissions portal.

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