Conservation Scholarships

At Conservation Careers we’re on a mission to help conservationists achieve career success, and create a world where wildlife thrives. We believe all conservationists should be able to pursue the best training opportunities, have the best experiences, conduct meaningful research and lead impactful conservation projects to boost their careers and ultimately help wildlife thrive. 

But we know that, especially early in your career, money can be a big barrier, and sometimes even prevent talented conservationists from pursuing and growing their careers. That’s why we’ve reviewed some of the top conservation scholarships around the world.

Whether your next career step is training, research, an experience or a project, we hope the following list helps you make it a reality.

If you know a great conservation scholarship that you think should be on this list, please feel free to email us.

 

Top Conservation Scholarships for Training

 

Name Scholarship Institution Host Institution Level Field(s) Value Duration Target Group
African Graduate Student Research Fund American Society of Mammologists African universities Graduate Natural history, conservation, ecology, systematics, wildlife biology, biogeography, or behaviour US $1,500 Citizens of African countries and currently enrolled in a graduate program.
Ashton Award for Student Research The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University Flexible Undergraduate and graduate Asian tropical forest biology Up to $4,000 Graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology.
Clark Hubbs’ Student Travel Awards American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Undergraduate / Master’s Ichthyology or Herpetology $600 – $800 Current students (undergraduate or graduate) and members of ASIH
Dean Metter Memorial Award Society of the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Flexible Undergraduate / Master’s Herpetology $300 – $1,000. Enrolled undergraduate or graduate students conducting field-based research in herpetology.
Edward C. Raney Fund Award American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Flexible Graduate Ichthyology $400–1000 members of ASIH enrolled in graduate studies
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Scholarship The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union Universities from the MEME consortium Master’s Evolutionary Biology € 40,000 – € 49,000 24 months Talented and motivated students who are interested in understanding evolution in all its facets.
Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships Leakey Foundation Flexible Master’s / PhD Paleoanthropology and primatology Up to US$15,000 / year 2 years Students from developing countries
Helen T. and Frederick M. Gaige Awards American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Flexible Graduate Herpetology $400–1000 Varies Members of ASIH enrolled for an advanced degree
KLI “Resident Fellowship Program” The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) KLI Late-stage PhD Sustainability sciences Varies Varies Late-stage PhD students
Loom Nam Khong Pijai (GMS Scholarships) in Environmental Engineering and Management Asian Institute of Technology Asian Institute of Technology Master’s Environmental engineering and management Tuition and registration fees, accommodation, and a bursary for living expenses 22 months Nationals of Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and China
Marine Conservation Graduate Scholarships The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) Flexible Master’s Marine conservation $2,000 Varies Qualified women of any age
Marine Conservation Undergraduate Scholarships The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) Flexible Undergraduate Marine conservation $1,000 – 1,500 Varies Qualified women of any age
Murray Foundation School Award The Murray Foundation Operation Wallacea Flexible Undergraduate / Master’s £500 Varies UK and European students
PhD Fellowships German Federal Environmental Foundation Universities in Germany PhD Environmental protection €1,500 / month 3 years
Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Scholarship Recanati-Kaplan Foundation The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford Postgraduate Wildlife conservation Varies 1 year Candidates who attained their qualifications and training from less economically developed countries.
Rotary Global Grants The Rotary Foundation Flexible Master’s, PhD Rotary’s six Areas of Focus US $30,000 Varies Applicants pursuing a master’s or PhD outside their country in one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus.
Rotary Scholarships for the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Master The Rotary Foundation UPEACE in Costa Rica, IHE Delft in the Netherlands and OSU in the USA Master’s Water management / Water resources Covers most educational fees 17 months Nationals from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program WWF Varies Graduate, short courses Social science, natural science Up to $30,000 per year Up to 3 years Conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
Scholarships for the Conservation & Restoration Biology Specialisation at Radboud University Radboud University Radboud University Master’s Conservation and restoration biology Varies Varies Varies
Scholarships for the MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management Oceans and Lakes Universiteit Antwerpen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Gent Master’s Research and management of marine and lacustrine systems Varies 2 years People from developing countries who occupy key or strategic positions at an institution in their native country#ba
Student Research Scholarships for Bat Conservation
Bat Conservation International Flexible University Bat conservation Up to US $3,000 Varies Student researchers
Support Grants for the The International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) IMBRSea 11 European universities Master’s Marine resources management and conservation Tuition waivers 2 years International students with special focus on developing countries
The Growing Confidence Project FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Fordhall Community Land Initiative. Field Studies Council at Preston Montford Short courses for ages 11-24 Environment Courses are funded, free or subsidised 1-5 days Young people aged 11-24
The Mahmoud S. Rabbani Fellowship Lutfia Rabbani Foundation Universities from The Netherlands / Universities in eligible Arab countries Ph.D. / Master’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Environmental Sciences, Natural sciences Up to € 15,000 1 year Arab and Dutch students
The Miriam Rothschild Scholarship Department of Geography, University of Cambridge Department of Geography, University of Cambridge Master’s Conservation leadership Varies 11 months Applicants from countries in the Global South
The Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellowship in Conservation Biology at Harvard University Harvard University Harvard University Varies Conservation biology Varies Varies Varies
Teaching Assistantships The University of the Virgin Islands The University of the Virgin Islands Master’s Marine and environmental science $16,800 per academic year 2 years Open
The Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship The Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship Endowment Fund Flexible Varies Sustainable agriculture and forestry Varies Varies Open
Training & Travel Grants British Ecological Society Flexible PhD / Postgraduate Ecology Up to £1,000 BES member / PhD, postgraduate research assistants
Veterinary Student Scholar Program Morris Animal Foundation Flexible Undergraduate Research on animal health and welfare Up to US $5,000 Varies Veterinary students
WildTeam UK Bursaries WildTeam UK WildTeam UK Any Conservation project management and strategy development Varies 3 days to 5 weeks Unrestricted
Young Darwin Scholarship Field Studies Council (FSC) Field Studies Council (FSC) Short course for ages 16-17 Science (ecology, geography, geology, environment) Course cost plus follow up support Young students aged 16 or 17 living in the UK
Zale Perry Scholarship Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences Flexible Master’s / PhD Aquatic Biology, Ecology, and other Marine Science-related fields $6,000

 

Top Conservation Scholarships for Research & Projects

Name Scholarship Institution Host Institution Level Field(s) Value Duration Target Group
Big Cats Conservation The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative (BCI) Flexible Conservationists / researchers Big cats conservation Up to US $100,000 1-2 years Conservationists / researchers
Early Career Grant National Geographic Varies Early career Conservation / research  

US $5,000 – $10,000

Up to 1 year  

Early career conservationists / scientists

Exploration Grant National Geographic Varies Experienced project leaders Conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology US $10,000 – $30,000 Up to 1 year Experienced project leaders
Earl S. Tupper Postdoctoral Fellowship Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Postdoctoral research One of the research fields practiced at STRI US $50,400 / year plus research budget 3 years Researchers who have completed a PhD
Ecologists in Africa British Ecological Society Flexible Master’s or higher Ecological research Up to £8,000 Up to 18 months Citizens of African countries
HUCE Environmental Fellowships Harvard University Harvard University PhD / Postdocs Environmental problems US $70,000 per year 2 years Recent doctorate recipients
Graduate Student Fellowships Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Graduate Multiple USD $7,500 10 weeks Students currently enrolled in a graduate program
‘Frontiers in Freshwater Science’ Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists Freshwater ecology and Inland fisheries €1,828 –  €2,600 / month 6-24 months PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists
Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forestry Research Rainforest Alliance Flexible Master’s or higher Community forestry research US $20,000 per year 2 years Researchers of any nationality or residence
Link Foundation / Smithsonian Institution 12-week Graduate Fellowships Link Foundation / Smithsonian Institution The Smithsonian Marine Station Graduate research Marine science research US $6,500 12 weeks Graduate students
Outreach Grants British Ecological Society Flexible Master’s or higher Ecological research Maximum £2,000 Up to 18 months Open
Postdoctoral Fellowships Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Postdoctoral research Multiple $50,400 plus benefit 1 year Postdoctoral researchersa
Predoctoral Fellowships Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) PhD Multiple $36,000 plus allowances 1 year PhD candidates
Recovery of species on the brink of extinction National Geographic / IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Flexible Professional Recovery of species on the brink of extinction Up to $50,000 1-2 years Open
Research Grants British Ecological Society (BES) Flexible Professional Ecological research Up to £20,000 1 year Individuals who are BES members
Rufford Small Grants The Rufford Foundation Flexible Master’s / PHD Conservation projects £6,000 –  £15,000 Minimum of 12 months Early career conservationists based in developing countries
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Postdoctoral research One of the research fields practiced at STRI $50,400 annually plus research allowance 3-12 months Senior postdoctoral researchers who have held a Ph.D. for at least seven years or equivalent
Short Term Fellowships Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Graduate students, undergrads and postdocs One of the research fields practiced at STRI $3,000 plus a research allowance 3 months Graduate students, undergrads and postdocs
SI-CI Postdoctoral Fellowship Working Land and Seascapes PhD obtained Up to $90,000 per year Up to 2 years Researchers that have obtained a PhD
SWOT Small Grants SWOT: The State of the World’s Sea Turtles Flexible Sea turtle research and conservation US $1,000 Varies

 

Top Conservation Scholarships for Experiences & Expeditions

Name Scholarship Institution Host Institution Level Field(s) Value Duration Target Group
Heppell-REEF Marine Conservation Internship Scholarship Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) REEF Udergraduate / Graduate Marine conservation Free housing+ $250 monthly stipend 2 months Oregon State University (OSU) students and recent alumni
Natucate Conser­va­tion Schol­ar­ship Natucate Natucate Any Nature and species conservation US $500 Varies Volunteers 18 and older
Our World Underwater Scholarship Society / REEF Marine Conservation Internship Our World Underwater Scholarship Society Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) Undergraduate / Graduate Marine conservation $2,000 2 months Preference given to Oregon State University students and recent alumni
That’s Geography! Educator Grant National Geographic Society Flexible Geography / Education US $10,000 – $75,000 1-2 years Teaching professionals globally
Undergraduate Marine Research Scholarship The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) Flexible Undergraduate Marine conservation $1,000 3 months Still-matriculated undergraduate students

Top Conservation Scholarships For Training – In Alphabetical Order

Training is often necessary to get your foot in the door of the conservation field and make you competitive. To date we have listed over 1,300 conservation training opportunities across the globe on our conservation training board, including everything from short online courses to multi-year master’s programmes. We know that when you’re starting out, switching careers and developing professionally, these opportunities can sometimes make all the difference in your career.

Below you’ll find some of the top conservation scholarships around the world.

If you’re ready to look for a conservation training opportunity, check out our Conservation Training Board, or our list of  top conservation training opportunities, based on transparent reviews from current and past students.

 

African Graduate Student Research Fund

Scholarship Institution | American Society of Mammologists

Host Institution | African Universities

Location | African countries

Level of Study | Graduate

Fields of Study | Natural history, conservation, ecology, systematics, wildlife biology, biogeography, or behavior.

Summary | African Graduate Student Awards are made annually to support field research projects by African nationals working on wild mammals in Africa. Eligible students must be citizens of African countries and currently enrolled in a graduate program. Projects must be field oriented investigations of natural history, conservation, ecology, systematics, wildlife biology, biogeography, or behavior. The selection committee’s membership reflects these diverse fields and has field research experience in Africa.

Value | US $1,500 and an online membership to the Society.

Number of Awards | Usually 2-3 grants are awarded annually.

Deadline | Annually in April.

Target group | Citizens of African countries and currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Link | Visit the African Graduate Student Research Fund website.

 

Ashton Award for Student Research

Scholarship Institution | The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level of Study | Undergraduate and Graduate programs

Fields of Study | Asian tropical forest biology

Summary | The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University sponsors the Ashton Award for Student Research to support graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology. Applications are accepted from advanced undergraduates and graduate students worldwide.

Value | Up to $4,000

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Annually in February

Target group | Graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology. The award is not limited to universities in the United States or to US citizens.

Link | Visit the Ashton Award for Student Research website.

 

Clark Hubbs’ Student Travel Awards

Scholarship Institution | American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)

Host Institution | American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)

Location | Annual ASIH meeting

Level | Undergraduate / Masters

Fields | Ichthyology or Herpetology

Summary | Travel awards of $600 each ($800 for intercontinental travelers) will be awarded to help defray travel expenses to participate in the annual ASIH meeting. A student may apply for an award in only one category (Ichthyology or Herpetology). The awards will be chosen by random draw.

Value | $600 ($800 for intercontinental travelers)

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | May

Target group | Current students (undergraduate or graduate) and members of ASIH

Link | Visit the Clark Hubbs’ Student Travel Awards page.

 

Dean Metter Memorial Award

Scholarship Institution | Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Undergraduate / Master’s

Fields | Herpetology

Summary | The purpose of the Award is: (1) to honor the memory of Dean E. Metter; (2) to encourage students to pursue field research in herpetology; and (3) to facilitate field research in herpetology by providing funds for relevant expenses.

Expenses eligible for funding include: (1) travel expenses (e.g., mileage, airfare) associated with the field research project; and (2) equipment for field-based research (e.g., materials for drift fences, traps, etc.). Funds may not be used for salaries or any other personnel expenses, travel to meetings, equipment or supplies for laboratory-based research (even if applicable to the project), or overhead or indirect costs.

Value | Grants made from the award will be no less than $300 and no more than $1,000.

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | Efforts will be made to fund as many eligible proposals as possible.

Deadline | Proposals due in March each year.

Start date | 

Eligibility | Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university and be conducting field-based research in herpetology. This research may occur anywhere in the world, but priority will be given to research conducted in the state of Missouri.

Link | Visit the Dean Metter Memorial Award page.

Edward C. Raney Fund Award

Scholarship Institution | American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)

Host Institution | Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Graduate

Fields | Ichthyology

Summary | Grants awarded from the Raney Fund for Ichthyology provide support for young ichthyologists for museums or laboratory study, travel, fieldwork, or any other activity that will effectively enhance their professional careers and their contributions to the science of ichthyology.

Value | Individual awards are typically in the $400–1000 range and will be awarded on basis of both merit and need.

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | March

Start date | Varies

Target group | Applicants must be members of ASIH and should be enrolled for an advanced degree (graduate students)

Link | Visit the Raney Fund Award page.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union

Host Institution | A consortium with the following partners: University of Groningen, the University of Montpellier, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and Uppsala University, and associate partners: Harvard University and the University of Lausanne.

Location | Groningen and/ or Uppsala and/or Montpellier and/or Munich and/or Cambridge (Massachusetts) and/or Lausanne.

Level of Study | Master’s

Fields of Study | Evolutionary Biology

Summary | MEME (Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology) is a two-year research-oriented master programme for talented and motivated students who are interested in understanding evolution in all its facets. It is a joint project between four European universities (University of Groningen, Netherlands; Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Montpellier, France) as partners and Harvard University (USA) and University of Lausanne (Switzerland) as associated partners. Students start their studies with a semester in either Groningen or Uppsala, and then move to either Montpellier or Munich for their second semester. In the third and fourth semesters, students can choose the partner university at which to carry out their individual research projects. Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded a double degree from two partner universities. A limited number EMJMD scholarships have been made available by the European Commission and will be awarded to the highest ranked students of each cohort.

Value | Between € 40,000 and € 49,000 depending on citizenship, place of residence and trajectory (see https://www.evobio.eu/scholarships for more information).

Duration | 24 months

Number of Awards | 3 or 4 EU scholarships (‘category B’) and 14 non-EU (‘category A’) scholarships per year

Deadline | Generally between January 15th and February 1st

Study commences | September

Target group | Talented and motivated students who are interested in understanding evolution in all its facets.

Eligibility | Candidates must:

  • have obtained a degree in Biology or a closely related field (or provide convincing proof that such a degree will be obtained before the start of the next academic year); this degree must be equivalent to or higher than a European Bachelor of Science (BSc) and meet the local requirements of all partners;
  • have sufficient background in evolutionary biology or neighbouring disciplines (e.g. ecology or systematics);
  • have belonged to the top students of their cohort during their BSc;
  • have a strong motivation to pursue a scientific career;
  • provide proof of sufficient proficiency in English.

Link | Visit the MEME website.

 

Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships

Scholarship Institution | Leakey Foundation

Host Institution | Flexible

Location | Anywhere except your home country

Level of Study | Master’s / PhD

Fields of Study | Paleoanthropology and primatology

Summary | The Leakey Foundation makes the Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships to help students from developing countries get advanced education and training in paleoanthropology and primatology. Applicants should already be enrolled or provisionally accepted in a graduate program related to human origins and evolution. This award is for a program of approved, advanced special training or studies leading towards an MA or PhD.

Value | Up to US$15,000 per year

Duration | 2 years (the program has an annual deadline for new applications, and a different application process and deadline to apply for second-year renewals)

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | The deadlines for new applicants and returning applicants are in February / March each year.

Target group | Students from developing countries who wish to obtain education or training from an institution outside of the student’s home country

Link | Visit the Leakey Foundation website.

 

Helen T. and Frederick M. Gaige Awards

Scholarship Institution | American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Graduate

Fields | Herpetology

Summary | Grants to be awarded from the Gaige Fund provide support to young herpetologists for museum or laboratory study, travel, fieldwork, or any other activity that will effectively enhance their professional careers by contributing to the science of herpetology.

Value | Individual awards are typically in the range of $400–1000, and will be awarded on the basis of both merit and need.

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | March

Target group | Applicants must be members of ASIH and should be enrolled for an advanced degree (graduate students).

Link | Visit the Gaige Fund Award page.

 

KLI “Resident Fellowship Program”

Scholarship Institution | The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI)

Host Institution | KLI

Location | Klosterneuburg, Austria (close to Vienna)

Level | Late-stage PhD

Fields | Sustainability sciences

Summary | The Resident Fellowship Program at the KLI offers individual fellowships for researchers in residence.  All projects are initiated by a proposal to the Scientific Director and to the Executive Manager of the KLI. The KLI provides different kinds of Resident Fellowships.

Value | Varies

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Varies

Start date | Varies

Target group | Applications to the Resident Fellowship Program should fit the mission and vision of the institute. KLI privileges projects that are theoretical and reflexive (including conceptual, epistemological, and historical projects) as well as interdisciplinary within the life, cognitive, and sustainability sciences as well as history, philosophy and social studies thereof. The ideal KLI resident fellow should also have good communication and collaboration capacities as well as the creativity and willingness to contribute to the life of the institute.

Link | Visit the KLI “Resident Fellowship Program” page.

Loom Nam Khong Pijai (GMS Scholarships) in Environmental Engineering and Management

Scholarship Institution | Asian Institute of Technology

Host Institution Asian Institute of Technology

Location | Bangkok, Thailand

Level | Master’s

Fields | Environmental engineering and management

Summary | The Asian Institute of Technology invites applications for the Loom Nam Khong Pijai Scholarships for masters degree programs in infrastructure development; energy technology; oil, gas, and natural resources development; and environmental engineering and management.

Value | Each scholarship covers tuition and registration fees, accommodation, and a bursary for living expenses at AIT‘s residential campus in Thailand for the 22 months of the masters program.

Duration | Entire period of the 22-month Master Degree program

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | February

Target group | Nationals of Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and China (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces).

Eligibility | Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Citizens of Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and China (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces)
  • Graduated in related fields from an accredited institution
  • Have a good education record in a 4-year undergraduate degree program
  • Have a high proficiency in English as required by AIT
  • Applicants in Thailand can also take the AIT English Test administered by the AIT Language Center
  • From universities with QS Ranking within 1000 or better with cGPA 3.0 and above (or equivalent) or from other universities with cGPA 3.5 and above (or equivalent).

Link | Visit the Loom Nam Khong Pijai (GMS Scholarships) page.

 

Marine Conservation Graduate Scholarships

Scholarship Institution | The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Master’s

Fields | Marine Conservation

Summary | Four scholarships ($2000 each) will be awarded to qualified women of any age who are enrolled in an accredited graduate academic or research program in the field of marine conservation. The scholarships are intended to support independent research and/or fieldwork at an accredited university; they will not support tuition, living expenses or student loan payments. The applicant should clearly state how the intended use of the scholarship will advance marine conservation.

Value | $2000

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | 4

Deadline | Check the WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grants page.

Start date | Flexible

Target group | Qualified women of any age who are enrolled in an accredited graduate academic or research program in the field of marine conservation

Link | Visit the WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grants page.

 

Marine Conservation Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarship Institution | The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Undergraduate

Fields | Marine Conservation

Summary | Four scholarships (2 @ $1,500; 2 @ $1,000) will be awarded to qualified women of any age who are enrolled in accredited undergraduate academic or research programs in the field of marine conservation. The scholarships are intended to support independent research and/or fieldwork at an accredited university; they will not support tuition, living expenses or student loan payments. The applicant should clearly state how the intended use of the scholarship will advance marine conservation.

Value | 2 @ $1500; 2 @ $1000

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | 4

Deadline | Check the WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grants page.

Start date | Flexible

Target group | Qualified women of any age who are enrolled in accredited undergraduate academic or research programs in the field of marine conservation.

 

Murray Foundation School Award

Scholarship Institution | The Murray Foundation

Host Institution | Operation Wallacea

Location | Any country were Operation Wallacea conduct projects

Level of Study | Undergraduate / Master’s

Fields of Study | Education and understanding of environmental processes

Summary | The Murray Foundation is a UK registered Charity (No. 1162333) established to support young people participating in projects which advance education and develop an understanding of environmental processes. This is the second year the Murray Foundation have generously provided £5000 in funding to support UK and European students completing an undergraduate dissertation or masters thesis in 2020. Ten awards of £500 are available.

Value | £500

Number of Awards | 10

Deadline | Annually in March

Target group | UK and European students completing an undergraduate dissertation or masters thesis in 2020 (enrolled in any UK or European university and booked on to an Operation Wallacea dissertation project in 2020)

Eligibility | 

Link | Visit the Murray Foundation School Award website.

 

PhD Fellowships

Scholarship Institution | German Federal Environmental Foundation

Host Institution | Universities in Germany

Location | Germany

Level of Study | PhD

Fields of Study | Environmental protection

Summary | The German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) offers 60 research fellowships per year to young scientists in Germany and internationally across all disciplines of environmental protection. The funding period is 36 months with a monthly stipend of €1,500. DBU welcomes subjects of international importance, although the work has to be done mainly in Germany, and with a clear reference to the German environmental situation. DBU expects good German language skills from all applicants.

Value | Monthly grant of €1,500; monthly material expenses of €210

Duration | 3 years

Number of Awards | Up to 60

Deadline | Two deadlines for applications in January and June

Target group | Visit the DBU website.

Eligibility | DBU expects good German language skills from all applicants

Link | Visit the DBU website.

 

Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | Recanati-Kaplan Foundation

Host Institution The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford

Location | Oxford, UK

Level | Postgraduate

Fields | Wildlife conservation

Summary | The International Wildlife Conservation Practice Postgraduate Diploma administers a grant from the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation which can provide sponsorship of candidates who attained their qualifications and training from less economically developed countries with financial support during their attendance on the course.

Value | If you are eligible, you can apply for varying levels of sponsorship from the course if you are unable to secure funding yourself. For students without their own funding, bursaries will be available to cover the following:

  • Course fees
  • International travel, to and from the UK
  • Accommodation, and
  • Living expenses for the duration of the course.

Duration | 1 year

Number of Awards | Varies

Target group | Candidates who attained their qualifications and training from less economically developed countries.

Link | Visit WildCRU’s Financial Support page.

 

Rotary Global Grants

Host Institution | Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Master’s & PhD

Fields | One of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus: Promoting peace; Fighting disease; Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; Saving mothers and children; Supporting education; Growing local economies.

Summary | Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s , including scholarships for graduate-level academic studies.

Value | US $30,000

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Varies

Start date | Flexible

Target group | Prospective master’s and PhD students who plan to study outside their home country.

Link | Visit the Rotary Global Grants page.

 

Rotary Scholarships for the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Master

Host Institution | UPEACE in Costa Rica, IHE Delft in the Netherlands and OSU in the USA

Location | Costa Rica, the Netherlands and the USA

Level | Master’s

Fields | Water management / Water resources

Summary | Coordinated through Rotary District 5340, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International  is offering 4-5 scholarships for the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy master’s programme. The scholarships are available for existing and future water professionals from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Ensuring that the needs of the people and ecosystems that rely on water are met effectively requires a comprehensive appreciation of both the technical aspects of water, as well as the social science and diplomacy skills necessary for efficient and equitable decision making. Therefore, the objective of the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy master’s programme is to train future water managers and other professionals to address competition over water. The programme’s curriculum broadens the scope of approach to conflict and peace, provides both a theoretical and applied dimensions to conflict, engages with multi-level conflict dimensions and strengthens skills through highly experiential learning opportunities.

The scholarship is offered for the 17-month duration of the master’s programme. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will graduate with three master’s degrees from these three institutions.

Value | The scholarship will cover most of the educational fees for the duration of the programme; successful applicants will be required to fund up to approximately $5,000 USD for living costs and flights.

Duration | 17 months (duration of the master’s programme)

Number of Awards | 6

Deadline | February

Start date | August

Target group | Nationals from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Link | Visit the Rotary Scholarships for the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Master website.

 

Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN)

Scholarship Institution | WWF

Host Institution | Varies

Location | Anywhere

Level of Study | Graduate studies, short-term training courses

Fields of Study | Social science, natural science and other conservation-related fields

Summary | WWF knows that investing in training and education is critical for biodiversity conservation. That’s why for 25 years the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) has been providing financial support to conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address the conservation challenges in their home countries. EFN supports conservationists to pursue graduate studies, attend short-term training courses, and train local communities in WWF priority places.

Started in 1994 to honor the late Russell E. Train, founder, president, and chairman of the board of WWF. EFN upholds Mr. Train’s vision of putting ownership of natural resources in local hands in the work it does every day.

EFN has supported more than 2,700 individuals & organizations around the world and counts among its many outstanding grantees, Laos’s first primatologist, Gabon’s only female national park warden & Peru’s leading orchid expert.

Value | Up to $30,000 per year

Duration | Up to 3 years

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Annually in February / March

Target group | Conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Link | Visit WWF’s EFN page.

 

Scholarships for the Conservation & Restoration Biology Specialisation at Radboud University

Scholarship Institution | Radboud University

Host Institution Radboud University

Location | Netherlands

Level | Master’s

Fields | Conservation & Restoration Biology

Summary | Radboud University offers several general scholarships which apply to their specialisation in Conservation & Restoration Biology, all non-EU students can apply for the scholarships just like all other Science applicants.

Value | Varies

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Varies

Start date | Varies

Target group | Varies

Link | Visit the Radboud University scholarships and grants website.

 

Scholarships for the MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management

Scholarship Institution | Oceans and Lakes

Host Institution Universiteit Antwerpen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Gent

Location | Belgium

Level | Master’s

Fields | Research and management of marine and lacustrine systems

Summary | Oceans & Lakes is an inter-university master programme that provides students with a strong fundamental and applied knowledge in the scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems. Though the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR-UOS), scholarships are provided for this 2-year master programme in “Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management” (Oceans & Lakes). For this specific scholarship, eligibility extends to nationals from the VLIR-UOS scholarship partner country list.

Value | Varies

Duration | 2 years (duration of the master’s programme)

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | February

Target group | The VLIR-UOS scholarship is particularly designed for people from developing countries with a minimum of professional experience who occupy key or strategic positions at an institution in their native country.

 

Student Research Scholarships for Bat Conservation

Scholarship Institution | Bat Conservation International (BCI)

Host Institution Flexible within the eligible destinations

Location | Latin America and the Caribbean; Africa and its adjacent islands; and globally

Level | University students

Fields | Bat conservation

Summary | Since its founding in 1982, BCI has supported hundreds of university students and aspiring conservationists in dozens of countries through its Granting Programs. Annually they offer Student Research Scholarships that open in October and seek proposals related to three priority categories:

Category #1: The project contributes to the understanding of the effects of human-caused environmental changes, such as land use and climate change, as threats to global bat biodiversity, including projects focusing on habitat destruction or degradation, wind energy development, pollution, impacts from drought or extreme weather, invasive species, etc.

Category #2: The project contributes to the understanding of bat/human conflicts, such as persecution, bush-meat hunting, disturbance, bats and disease, etc.

Category #3: The project will answer ecological or behavioral questions essential to the conservation of one or more bat species currently listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, or Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species or officially recognized on a national list of species of concern.

Value | Up to US $3,000

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | 13 in 2020

Deadline | Annually in October

Start date | Varies

Target group | Student researchers interested in bat conservation

 

Support Grants for the The International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea)

Scholarship Institution | IMBRSea

Host Institution 11 European Universities: Ghent University (Belgium), University of Sorbonne (France), University of Algarve (Portugal), University of Oviedo (Spain), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland), University of the Basque Country – UPV (Spain), Polytechnic University of Marche – Univpm (ITaly), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Western Brittany (France), University of Côte d’Azur (France), University of Gothenburg (Sweden).

Location | Europe

Level | Master’s

Fields | Marine resources management and conservation.

Summary | Support grants are occasionally available for The International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea). IMBRSea is a joint Master program organized by eleven European universities in the field of marine sciences, supported by the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). The IMBRSea program is an Erasmus Mundus programme taking the strengths from the previous International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC+), and prepares students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources.

Value | Tuition waivers, plus 1,000 € per month for the best-ranked students.

Duration | 2 years

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Multiple rounds. Check the IMBRSea Support Grants website.

Start date | August

Target group | International students with special focus on developing countries and special geographic windows.

Link | Visit the IMBRSea Support Grants website.

 

Teaching Assistantships

Scholarship Institution | The University of the Virgin Islands

Host Institution The University of the Virgin Islands

Location | St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Level of study | Master’s

Fields | Marine and environmental science

Summary | The University of the Virgin Islands’ Master of Marine and Environmental Science Program offers Teaching Assistantships

Value | $16,800 per academic year

Duration | 2 years

Number of Awards | Usually 4

Deadline | March

Start date | August

Eligibility | Applicants must:

  • Be fully admitted to the MMES program
  • Remain in good standing
  • Enrol in a one credit pedagogy course in the fall
  • Comply with federal and state laws and University policies
  • Instructional responsibilities will require approximately 20 hours per week

Link | Visit the Master of Science in Marine & Environmental Science page.

 

The Growing Confidence Project

Scholarship Institution | FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Fordhall Community Land Initiative

Host Institution Field Studies Council at Preston Montford

Location | Preston Montford, Shropshire, UK

Level of study | Courses for young people aged 11-24.

Fields | Environment

Summary | The Growing Confidence project helps young people discover more about wildlife and wild places and have fun learning skills in their local environment. FSC Preston Montford is working in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Fordhall Community Land Initiative.

Their events and courses will give you the chance to work with experts to learn more about the wildlife and natural environment of Shropshire and develop specialist skills. If you are interested in wildlife and the natural world then FSC Preston Montford has got lots of activities and courses which will help you increase your knowledge and build your CV to help you stand out from the crowd.

The Growing Confidence Project, part of the national Our Bright Future Programme, is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Value | Courses are funded, free or subsidised.

Duration | Short courses (usually 1-5 days)

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Check the FSC website.

Start date | Varies

Target group | Young people aged 11-24

Link | Visit the FSC website.

 

The Mahmoud S. Rabbani Fellowship

Scholarship Institution | Lutfia Rabbani Foundation

Host Institution | Universities from The Netherlands (for applicants from Arab countries) / Universities in eligible Arab countries (for Dutch applicants)

Location | The Netherlands and Arab countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen, or Sudan)

Level of Study | Ph.D. / Master’s

Fields of Study | Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Environmental Sciences, Natural sciences

Summary | The Mahmoud S. Rabbani Fellowship is intended for Arab Students interested in pursuing their education in The Netherlands. Eligible fields of study include Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Environmental Sciences, Natural sciences and others. Arab students who have been accepted into a Masters or a PhD program in the Netherlands and Dutch students who have been accepted into a Masters or a PhD program in the Arab World are eligible to apply.

Value | Up to € 15,000

Duration | 1 year

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Annually in March

Target group | Arab students who have been accepted into a Masters or a PhD program in the Netherlands and Dutch students who have been accepted into a Masters or a PhD program in the Arab World are eligible to apply.

Link | Visit the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation website.

 

The Miriam Rothschild Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Host Institution | Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Location | Cambridge, UK

Level | Master’s

Fields | Conservation leadership

Summary | The MPhil in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, 11-month Master’s course aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three to five years of relevant professional experience, either in employment or in a voluntary capacity.

Particular priority in awarding scholarships will be given to those from countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources.

Value | The number and size of the scholarships varies from full scholarships, to partial scholarships that cover specific aspects of the funding package required by students.

Duration | 11 months

Number of Awards | The number and size of the scholarships varies from full scholarships, to partial scholarships that cover specific aspects of the funding package required by students.

Deadline | Beginning of December (exact date announced in September)

Start date | October

Eligibility | Applicant must be coming from a country in the global south and unable to fund studies from other sources. The awards are on the basis of both merit and financial need.

Application instructions | Applying for these scholarships involves a two-stage process. First, applicants should make a formal application to the Graduate Admissions Office for a place on the course.

Second, scholarship applicants should write a financial case explaining the funds that they have available, and any funds that they still require to ensure they can take up a place on the course. This financial case should update any information given in the original application to the Graduate Admissions Office. The financial case should not exceed 200 words. Financial cases should then be e-mailed to the Programme Administrator, [email protected]. Please note that to be considered for these scholarships, applicants must (i) provide evidence of their current English language status (e.g. an IELTS test result) by the end of March, and (ii) meet the English Language requirement by the end of June in the year they wish to begin the course.

Link | Visit the Miriam Rothschild Scholarship page.

 

The Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellowship in Conservation Biology at Harvard University

Scholarship Institution | Harvard University

Host Institution Harvard University

Location | Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Fields | Conservation biology

Summary | The Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Fellowship in Conservation Biology serves to support the study of conservation biology within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. The fellowship is awarded to an individual who will engage in scientific study and work in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. The fellowship commences with an annual lecture in conservation biology by the distinguished individual chosen for the fellowship from outside Harvard University. It is the hope of the benefactors that this fellowship will have a strong and transformative effect on the study of conservation biology at Harvard, from the undergraduate to the senior teaching level.

Link | Visit the Harvard website.

 

The Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | The Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship Endowment Fund

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Varies

Fields | Sustainable agriculture and forestry

Summary | Current agricultural and forestry practices are not sustainable. The scholarship seeks to fund students who want to learn about and conduct research into sustainable practices, educate others and advocate for change.

Value | Varies

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | 1

Deadline | March

Start date | Varies

Target group | Students who want to learn about and conduct research into sustainable practices, educate others and advocate for change. Scholarship recipients are those who seek to be exposed to skill and knowledge building about changing environments and human health; energy, climate, and built environments; the power of culture and society; and ethics, economics, and public policy.

Eligibility | Eligible Scholarship recipients must come from one of the 11 Southeast Counties of the State of Minnesota (Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore, and Houston counties) and attend educational public or non profit private institutions/programs in the five state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Link | Visit the Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship Endowment Fund website.

 

Training & Travel Grants

Scholarship Institution | British Ecological Society (BES)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level of Study | PhD / Postgraduate research assistants

Fields of Study | Ecology

Summary | These grants help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants to meet the costs of specialist field training courses and to network and publicise their research by presenting their work at workshops and conferences.

Value | Up to £1,000

Number of Awards | Dependant on funding.

Deadline | There is no application deadline; instead, there are two opening dates within a 12 month period (January and July). Once funding for one round has been allocated, the round will close until the next opening date.

Target group | BES member / PhD, postgraduate research assistants (within 3 years of completing relevant degree)

Eligibility | All applicants are required to:

  • be a BES member.
  • have at least a B.Sc. or equivalent degree.
  • be a PhD student, postgraduate research assistant (within 3 years of completing relevant degree) or equivalent (Postdoc researchers are therefore not eligible to apply).
  • work or study at a university or research institution (including field centres, NGOs, museums, etc.) that provide research facilities.
  • work in scientific areas within our remit (the science of ecology) and of relevance to the training course or meeting they are applying to attend.
  • give a presentation if attending a meeting.
  • no retrospective claims for funding will be considered.
  • no applicant may receive more than two Training & Travel Grants in any five year period. There must be at least three years between grants.

Link | Visit the BES Travel & Training Grants website.

 

Veterinary Student Scholar Program

Scholarship Institution | Morris Animal Foundation

Host Institution | Any AVMA-accredited US or international college, university or school of veterinary medicine.

Location | Flexible

Level | Undergraduate

Field(s) of study | Research on animal health and welfare, including wildlife/exotics.

Summary | The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar program is a competitive program that provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or welfare of dogs, cats, horses, llamas, alpacas or wildlife. The Veterinary Student Scholar program awards stipends up to $5,000 to veterinary students who are selected by their institution to participate in clinical or basic animal health research.

Value | Up to US $5,000

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | February

Start date | Varies

Target group | The program is open to currently enrolled veterinary students from all around the world.

Link | Visit the Morris Animal Foundation grant website.

 

WildTeam UK Bursaries

Scholarship Institution | WildTeam UK

Host Institution WildTeam UK

Location | Online or UK (varies)

Level | Any

Fields | Conservation project management and strategy development

Summary | WildTeam UK believes that money should not be a barrier for conservationists to get the training they need. If you are struggling to afford the full price of a workshop, they offer bursaries of up to 50% of the workshop fee (a little more in exceptional circumstances).

Value | Varies

Duration | 3 days full time to 5 weeks part time

Number of Awards | Varies. In 2018, WildTeam UK gave nearly 40 bursaries, in total worth over £4,500. 

Deadline | Applications accepted until the funding per workshop is gone.

Start date | Year-round

Target group | Unrestricted. Based on potential conservation impact and financial need.

Link | Visit the WildTeam UK discount page.

 

Young Darwin Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | Field Studies Council (FSC)

Host Institution | Field Studies Council (FSC)

Location | FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire, UK

Level of Study | Short course for young people (aged 16-17)

Fields of Study | Science (ecology, geography, geology, environment)

Summary | The Young Darwin Scholarship is an FSC initiative to encourage and support young people who have a real interest in the natural world – to develop the next generation of ‘Darwins’.

All Young Darwin Scholars (YDS) attend an introductory five-day residential course at FSC Preston Montford near Shrewsbury – the home town of Charles Darwin. In subsequent years the YDS are offered support and other opportunities to develop knowledge and skills. YDS from different years meet each other at reunions and on subsidised courses. They build friendships and are also able to provide advice and support through social media including top tips on university and course choices. Above all they enjoy spending time with other YDS – people of their own age who have a similar enthusiasm and interest for the natural world.

Becoming a Young Darwin Scholar will give you:

  • The opportunity to take your interest in the natural world further
  • A chance to think about options for further studies in ecology, science, geology and other environment based subjects
  • A way to find out more about careers working in the environment
  • A chance to meet inspiring people and learn more about their work in the environment
  • Ongoing opportunities, mentoring and support to further interest and develop skills over a number of years
  • The chance to be part of a network of like minded people and make new friendships
  • A scholarship to add to your CV or personal statement

Value | The cost of an introductory five-day residential course, plus follow-up support.

Number of Awards | 15 scholarships each year

Deadline | Annually in June

Target group | Young students aged 16 or 17 living in the UK

Link | Visit the Young Darwin Scholarship website.

 

Zale Perry Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Master’s / Ph.D.

Fields | Aquatic Biology, Ecology, and other Marine Science-related fields

Value | $6,000 per recipient plus a $500 voucher towards travel expenses to the Scholarship Presentation Ceremony.

Deadline | September

Start date | Varies

Target group | Visit the Scholarship terms page.

Link | Visit the Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences page.

 

Top Conservation Scholarships For Research & Conservation Projects – In Alphabetical Order

 

Early Career Grant

Scholarship Institution | National Geographic

Host Institution | Varies

Location | Anywhere (but check Current Grant Restrictions)

Level of Study | Early career conservationists / scientists

Fields of Study | Conservation / research

Summary | Early Career Grants are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project. Grant projects last one calendar year or less. 

Value | Projects are typically funded for US $5,000 and cannot exceed US $10,000.

Duration | Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline.

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Applications usually accepted through April, with a decision in August.

Target group | Less experienced individuals-early career (less than five years of experience).

Eligibility | There is no maximum age limit for Early Career Grant applicants. However, applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application submission. Applicants are not required to have an advanced degree.

Anyone with more than five years of professional experience in the field of their project focus does not qualify for an Early Career Grant and should apply for an Exploration Grant instead.

If you have previously received an Early Career Grant or a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record.

Application Instructions | Visit the How to Apply section to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to prepare your proposalEarly Career Grant applicants may be asked to submit a two-minute video that will be used to help evaluate the proposal. You may speak in your primary language, but if that is not English, you MUST add English subtitles or attach an English video transcript.

Link | Visit National Geographic’s grant opportunities page.

 

Exploration Grant

Scholarship Institution | National Geographic

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Experienced project leaders

Fields | Conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology

Summary | An Exploration Grant application is a request for funding by an experienced project leader in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. The applicant and his or her team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results. If you have received a grant from National Geographic in the past, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record.

Value | Projects are typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000.

Duration | Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline. 

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Exploration grant proposals are accepted quarterly.

Start date | Flexible

Target group | Experienced project leaders in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling and technology.

Link | Visit the National Geographic grants page.

 

Big cats conservation

Scholarship Institution | The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative (BCI)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Fields | Big cats conservation

Summary | The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative (BCI) seeks to advance conservation efforts benefitting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs. The goal of this fund is to identify projects that will help reduce the decline of African big cats in the wild.

Value | Up to US $100,000

Duration | 1-2 years

Number of Awards | 

Deadline | January

Target group | Conservationists / researchers

Link |Visit the National Geographic Society grants page.

 

Earl S. Tupper Postdoctoral Fellowship

Scholarship Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Host Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Location | Panama

Level | Postdoctoral research

Fields of Research | One of the many research fields practiced at STRI

Summary | STRI’s most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship is awarded once a year to an outstanding candidate in one of the many research fields practiced at STRI. Successful candidate will conduct a three-year research program based at a STRI facility, typically in the lab of a staff scientist who serves as host or advisor on the project.

Value | A yearly stipend of $US 50,400 and a research budget of up to $16,000

Duration | 3 years

Number of Awards | 1

Deadline | Check the STRI Fellowships website

Target group | Researchers whose PhD studies are completed before fellowship begins

Link | Visit the STRI Fellowships website.

 

Ecologists in Africa

Scholarship Institution | British Ecological Society

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Africa

Level | Master’s or higher

Fields | Ecological research

Summary | This grant provides support for Ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. We recognise that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; our grant is designed to support you to develop your skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. We support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.

Value | The maximum value of a grant is £8,000 for research. An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group. This must be requested at the application stage.

Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in developed countries where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.

Successful applicants also receive two years of free BES membership and free online access to our journals.

Duration | Up to 18 months

Number of Awards | 

Deadline | Open twice per year. Visit the Ecologists in Africa page.

Start date | 

Eligibility | You should:

  • be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorisation
  • have at least an MSc or equivalent degree
  • be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities
  • carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands

Link | Visit the Ecologists in Africa page.

 

HUCE Environmental Fellowships

Scholarship Institution | Harvard University

Host Institution Harvard University

Location | Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Level | PhD / Postdocs

Fields | Environmental problems

Summary | The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines.

Value | A salary of US $70,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, up to $2,500 reimbursement for relocation expenses, and a $2,500 annual allowance for travel and other professional expenses.

Duration | 2 years

Number of Awards | Approximately 6 in 2020

Deadline | January

Start date | 

Target group | Recent doctorate recipients

Link | Visit the HUCE Environmental Fellow website.

 

Graduate Student Fellowships

Scholarship Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Host Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Location | Panama

Level | Graduate

Fields of Research | Biodiversity and conservation, biological invasions, ecosystem ecology, environmental pollution, food webs, global change, parasite and disease ecology, and watersheds and land use.

Summary | Graduate student fellowships are for students formally enrolled in a graduate program. Before appointment, students must have completed at least one full-time semester or equivalent of their graduate program. These fellowships are intended for students who have not advanced to candidacy if enrolled in a doctoral program.

Value | US $7,500

Duration | 10 weeks

Deadline | Check the STRI Fellowships website

Start date | Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Target group | Students currently enrolled in a graduate program

Link | Visit the STRI Fellowships website.

 

‘Frontiers in Freshwater Science’

Scholarship Institution | Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Host Institution Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Location | Germany

Level | PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists

Fields of Research | Freshwater ecology and Inland fisheries

Summary | The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Germany invites scientists from all countries and at different career stages to apply for a research visit. The program offers fellowships for PhD students, postdocs, and senior scientists for periods of 6-24 months.

Value | The fellowships provide resources to cover basic living expenses that amount €1,828/month at the postdoctoral level, and €2,600/month at the senior scientist level.

Duration | 6-24 months

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | 01 June and 01 December of each year

Target group | PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists

Link | Visit the Fellowship Program website.

 

Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forestry Research

Scholarship Institution | Rainforest Alliance

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Research must be conducted in Latin America.

Level | Master’s or higher

Fields | Community forestry research

Summary | The fellowship provides funds for research that is oriented toward solving real-world problems as defined by community forestry enterprises (CFEs). Moreover, the planning, implementation and dissemination of research results will be carried out in participatory manner to ensure that it has practical value for communities and helps to inform their action plans.

Value | US $20,000 per year

Duration | 2 years

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Varies

Start date | Varies

Target group | Researchers of any nationality or residence.

Eligibility | Applicants must have a master’s degree in forestry, ecology, botany, environmental science or an appropriate related field. Doctoral candidates or post-doctoral researchers are preferred, although applicants may substitute relevant experience for higher-level degrees.

Link | Visit the Rainforest Alliance website.

 

Scholarship Institution | Link Foundation / Smithsonian Institution

Host Institution | The Smithsonian Marine Station

Location | Fort Pierce, Florida (USA)

Level | Graduate research

Fields of Research | Marine Science research

Summary | Fellowships are offered to graduate students to conduct research in the marine sciences at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida. These fellowships are funded through a grant from the Link Foundation to the Smithsonian Marine Station.

Value | US $6,500 (no additional support for travel and/or research allowances)

Duration | 12 weeks

Deadline | November. Check the Link Fellowship website.

Start date | Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Target group | Graduate students

Link | Visit the Link Fellowship website.

 

Outreach Grants

Scholarship Institution | British Ecological Society

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Africa

Level | Master’s or higher

Fields | Ecological research

Summary | BES actively encourages their members to promote ecological science to a wide audience and offer grants of up to £2,000.

BES defines ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. Applications should promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.

BES supports projects that:

  • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology
  • Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society
  • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
  • Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology

Value | The maximum award is £2,000. However, the award may be used as part-funding for larger projects involving other sponsors.

Duration | Up to 18 months

Deadline | Open twice per year. Visit the Outreach grants page.

Eligibility | Awards are open to individuals and organisations to organise ecological public engagement events. This includes, but is not limited to, BES members, researchers, schools, museums, libraries and community groups.

Link |Visit the Outreach grants page.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Scholarship Institution | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Host Institution | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Location | Panama

Level | Postdoctoral research

Fields of Research | Biodiversity and conservation, biological invasions, ecosystem ecology, environmental pollution, food webs, global change, parasite and disease ecology, and watersheds and land use

Summary | The Smithsonian Institution offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists.  The Smithsonian’s distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provides opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species.

Value | $50,400 plus health, relocation and research expenses

Duration | 1 year. Smithsonian Fellows often stay for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress.

Deadline | November and January. Check the SERC Fellowships website.

Start date | Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Target group | Postdoctoral researchers

Link | Visit the STRI Fellowships website.

 

Predoctoral Fellowships

Scholarship Institution | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Host Institution | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Location | Panama

Level | PhD

Fields of Research | Biodiversity and conservation, biological invasions, ecosystem ecology, environmental pollution, food webs, global change, parasite and disease ecology, and watersheds and land use

Summary | Pre-doctoral student fellowships are for university students currently enrolled as a candidate for a PhD or equivalent. Before appointment, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that the requirements for the dissertation have been met.

Value | $36,000 plus allowances

Duration | 1 year

Deadline | November. Check the SERC Fellowships website.

Research commences | Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Target group | PhD candidates

Link | Visit the STRI Fellowships website.

 

Recovery of species on the brink of extinction

Scholarship Institution | National Geographic / IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Fields | Recovery of species on the brink of extinction

Summary | Proposals are sought from around the world that will implement IUCN SSC Species Action Plans as well as conservation actions that are endorsed by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group.

Value | Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000.

Duration | 1-2 years

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | April

Start date | Flexible

Link | Visit the National Geographic grants page.

 

Research Grants

Scholarship Institution | British Ecological Society (BES)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Fields | Ecological research

Summary | These grants support scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. BES supports projects where there is a clear ecological science focus to the work; any other aspects, i.e. sociology, economics, etc., must be clearly integrated into the ecology and scientific goals of the project. The grants are to support work of the highest international standard and applicants need to show how the work will advance ecological science.

Research grants are to provide funding:

  • for new and innovative ecological research
  • for pump priming projects
  • to help early career ecologists to establish an independent research career in ecology

Value | Small projects can be awarded up to £5,000 and early career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20,000.

Duration | 1 year

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | March

Eligibility | Grants are given to individuals, not to organisations (must be a BES member).

Link | Visit the BES Research grants website.

 

Rufford Small Grants

Scholarship Institution | The Rufford Foundation

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Developing countries

Level | Master’s / PhD

Fields | Conservation projects

Summary | The Rufford Foundation is a UK registered charity which funds nature conservation projects across the developing world. To date the Foundation has awarded grants to over 5000 projects in over 150 countries.

Value | Grants start at £6,000 and increase to £15,000 for projects that successfully complete each stage.

Duration | Minimum of 12 months of duration. On successful completion of a Rufford Small Grant, having provided satisfactory feedback and a final report, applicants are welcome to apply for a 2nd Rufford Small Grant, followed by a Booster Grant, 2nd Booster Grant and Completion Grant.

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | Varies

Start date | Flexible

Target group | Early career conservationists based in developing countries

Eligibility | To be eligible:

  •  Your project must have a nature conservation focus.
  •  Your project must be based in a developing country.
  •  You should be in the early stages of your conservation career.

Rufford’s main focus is supporting MSc or PhD students or those who have recently graduated from such studies. However, they will consider other applicants if the project fits the main criteria above though they do NOT fund undergraduate students.

Link | Visit The Rufford Foundation website.

 

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship

Scholarship Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Host Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Location | Panama

Level | Postdoctoral research

Fields of Research | One of the many research fields practiced at STRI

Summary | Senior postdoctoral positions are available to those who have held a Ph.D. for at least seven years or equivalent.

Value | $50,400 annually; up to $4,000 for research allowance.

Duration | 3-12 months

Deadline | November – check the STRI Fellowships website

Start date | Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Target group | Senior postdoctoral researchers who have held a Ph.D. for at least seven years or equivalent.

Link | Visit the STRI Fellowships website.

 

Short Term Fellowships

Scholarship Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Host Institution | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Location | Panama

Level | Graduate students, undergrads and postdocs

Fields of Research | One of the many research fields practiced at STRI

Summary | The Short-Term Fellowship Program allows selected candidates to come to STRI at any time of the year and is an excellent resource to provide support for graduate students and introduce them to tropical research. Although focused primarily on graduate students, awards are occasionally given to undergraduate and postdoctoral candidates. These fellowships enable selected candidates to work in the tropics and explore research possibilities at STRI.

Value | $1,000/month (a total amount of $3,000 for stipend), a modest research allowance (not to exceed $2000), and a round-trip coach airfare.

Duration | 3 months

Number of Awards | 1

Deadline | Multiple – check the STRI Fellowships website

Target group | Graduate students, undergrads and postdocs

Link | Visit the STRI Fellowships website.

 

SI-CI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Scholarship Institution | Working Land and Seascapes

Level | PhD obtained

Value | $90,000 maximum per year ($60,000 for stipend and $30,000 for research allowance)

Duration | Maximum of 2 years

Number of Awards | 

Deadline | 4 March 2020

Target group | Researchers that have already obtained a PhD

Eligibility | Individuals who have been Smithsonian employees or contractors within the previous year are not eligible.

Link | Visit the Smithsonian Institution and Conservation International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program website.

 

SWOT Small Grants

Scholarship Institution | SWOT: The State of the World’s Sea Turtles

Host Institution Flexible

Location | All around the world

Fields | Sea turtle research and conservation

Summary | SWOT small grants help field-based sea turtle research and conservation projects realise their goals in each of SWOT’s three areas of focus: networking and capacity building, science, and education and outreach.

Value | US $1,000

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | Varies

Deadline | September

Start date | Flexible

Link | Visit the SWOT grants website.

 

Top Conservation Scholarships For Experiences & Expeditions – In Alphabetical Order

 

Heppell-REEF Marine Conservation Internship Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

Host Institution REEF

Location | Key Largo, Florida (USA)

Level | Undergraduate / Graduate

Fields | Marine Conservation

Summary | The Heppell-REEF Marine Conservation Internship Scholarship is a funding opportunity for REEF Marine Conservation Internship applicants.

Value | Free housing throughout the internship and a $250 monthly stipend to assist with living expenses during the program.

Duration | 2 months

Number of Awards | 1

Deadline | January

Start date | June

Target group |Preference will be given to Oregon State University (OSU) students and recent alumni. Secondary preference will be given to non-OSU students from a traditionally underserved population in education including first-generation, low-income, and minority students, or those with other extenuating circumstances.

Link | Visit the Heppell-REEF Marine Conservation Internship Scholarship page.

 

Natucate Conser­va­tion Schol­ar­ship – Volun­teering and nature education abroad

Scholarship Institution | Natucate

Host Institution Natucate

Location | Varies

Level | Any

Fields | Nature and species conservation

Summary | Would you like to go overseas, become active in nature and species conservation and expand your academic knowledge and hands-on skills? Would you like to volunteer abroad and would benefit greatly from financial assistance and the opportunity to educate yourself? Then apply for a Natucate Conservation Scholarship and receive funding for your educational (volunteer) experience! As a scholarship resource, Natucate wants to help people travel abroad, immerse themselves into a new culture, be part of a meaningful programme and gain invaluable experience as a conservation volunteer or student.

Each year, Natucate awards three 500 US$ scholarships, each for a different conservation mission and/or educational programme abroad. Take a look at the scholarships available on the Natucate Conservation Scholarships page.

Value | US $500

Duration | Varies

Number of Awards | 3

Deadline | Annually in June

Eligibility | In order to qualify for the Natucate Conservation Scholarship programme and to receive the 500 US$ grants, applicants must fulfil certain requirements. These include:

  • Applicants need to be at least 18 years old
  • Applicants must have solid communication skills in English
  • Applicants must be physically fit (Natucate will ask to hand in a medical questionnaire after application is accepted)
  • Professional Field Guide Scholarship: Applicants must have a valid driver’s license
  • Applicants must be highly interested in nature and wildlife, in conservation work, in knowledge acquisition, and in outdoor living
  • Applicants must be motivated to be part a dedicated conservation/educational programme, must be team players but also independent workers, must be flexible and eager to acquire new knowledge
  • Applicants must give their permission for personal photos taken during their time as a scholar to be used by Natucate or Natucate’s partners for marketing purposes (online, print)
  • An academic background in project-related field is a plus, but not a must. Natucate wants to give people from various background the chance to gain hands-on conservation experience abroad as we consider it as beneficial for every nature lover.

Link | Visit the Natucate Conservation Scholarship website.

 

Our World Underwater Scholarship Society / REEF Marine Conservation Internship

Scholarship Institution | Our World Underwater Scholarship Society

Host Institution | Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

Location | Key Largo, Florida (USA)

Level | Undergraduate / Graduate

Fields | Marine conservation

Summary | Each year, Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) supports five summer internships, one of them being the REEF Marine Conservation Internship in Key Largo.

Value |A $2,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the internship.

Duration | 2 months

Number of Awards | 1

Deadline | January

Start date | June

Target group | Preference will be given to Oregon State University (OSU) students and recent alumni. Secondary preference will be given to non-OSU students from a traditionally underserved population in education including first-generation, low-income, and minority students, or those with other extenuating circumstances.

Link | Visit the Heppell-REEF Marine Conservation Internship Scholarship page.

 

That’s Geography! Educator Grant

Scholarship Institution | National Geographic Society

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Fields | Geography / Education

Summary | The National Geographic Society seeks to partner with innovative teaching professionals in all subject areas to design and implement lessons that incorporate geographic concepts and skills into K-12 (or equivalent) classrooms. We seek to elevate and showcase geography’s power to engage students in uncovering and exploring complex connections—across subject areas, ideas, places, people, and time.

Value | US $10,000 – $75,000

Duration | 1-2 years

Number of Awards | 

Deadline | January

Target group | Teaching professionals globally who work directly with K-12 (or equivalent) classroom teachers and/or students in schools are eligible to apply.

Link | Visit the National Geographic Society grants page.

 

Undergraduate Marine Research Scholarship

Scholarship Institution | The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF)

Host Institution Flexible

Location | Flexible

Level | Undergraduate

Fields | Marine conservation

Summary | A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a still-matriculated undergraduate student (female or male) who will be participating in a confirmed internship program with a focus in marine biology. Applicants must still be enrolled in an academic program during participation in the internship for which they are applying. This scholarship can be used to offset expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, research expenses) related to the internship. The internship is typically ~3 month long (or completed during a summer session), though longer duration exceptions will be considered.

Value | $1,000

Duration | Usually around 3 months

Number of Awards | 1

Deadline | Annually in January

Target group | Still-matriculated undergraduate students (female or male) who will be participating in a confirmed internship program with a focus in marine biology.

Link | Visit the WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grants website.

 

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Acknowledgement

We’d like to thank Javier Oñate Casado who collaborated with Conservation Careers to produce this list of Top Conservation Scholarships.