Each worth $15,000, Future Conservationist Awards are granted to teams of early-career conservationists who are conducting high-priority projects focused on protecting species listed as Data Deficient, Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Projects must take place in an eligible country, be led (or co-led) by a national of one of these countries, involve at least three people and last between three to 12 months.

Applications for 2023 CLP Future Conservationist Awards are now open and must be submitted using the online platform by 23:59pm GMT on 10 October 2022.. Applications will need to be submitted via the online application portal and guidelines for applicants will be made available on the CLP website including application FAQs. Winners will be announced in April 2023.

About the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a capacity-building partnership between BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). For 35 years, CLP has been committed to supporting early-career conservationists across the world undertaking important research, practical actions and community outreach to conserve globally threatened species. The CLP Team Awards is the programme’s flagship annual small-grant scheme. Through this scheme, CLP directs project funding, training, mentoring and networking opportunities to teams of conservationists working in low- to middle-income countries. The CLP Team Awards offer three award tiers, including entry-level Future Conservationist Awards (up to USD 15,000) and two types of Continuation Awards for previous award recipients: Follow-Up Awards (up to USD 25,000) and Leadership Awards (up to USD 50,000). Winning a CLP award gives each team access to the CLP alumni network, which offers them more opportunities for funding, training and learning exchanges. One member of each winning team is also invited to participate in the CLP Conservation Management & Leadership workshop where they can build on the knowledge and skills that will underpin their future careers as conservation leaders. Moreover, by bringing participants together from around the world, the workshop provides an opportunity to form valuable connections with other early-career conservationists. For more information, visit: www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org/grants/