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WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships (PBS) for Nature Conservation

Grants to International Conservation Professionals
for Short-Term Training or Formal Studies

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Grants of up to CHF 10,000 to International individuals to advance conservation efforts within their country. Applications are accepted from individuals in the following regions: Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia/Pacific, and Latin/America/Caribbean. This program provides financial support to pursue short-term formal studies or professional training that will enable the beneficiary to contribute more effectively to conservation efforts.

As a priority, PBS supports mid-career training for those working in the field of conservation and associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation (including e.g. media, law, and education). Applications are encouraged from those seeking to build skills in specific subjects that will enhance their contribution to conservation. In particular women, and people working for non-governmental or community-based organizations, are encouraged to apply.

The PBS grant may be used to pay for course fees, tuition, books, travel and living expenses while studying, or a combination of these. Funding requests to cover costs to attend a conference/ congress, purchase a laptop/printer or other personal items will not be considered.

The following four criteria will be used to screen and select the best candidates:
-Course or training, which explicitly links to WWF’s Practices (Oceans, Forests, Wildlife, Freshwater, Climate & Energy, Food)
-Recommendation from the nearest WWF Office or Associate Organization.
-Overall balance of gender and geographic representation.

Preference will be given to:
-Candidates with a long-term commitment to providing conservation leadership or expertise for the benefit of their country’s natural environment;
-Candidates with experience and proven track record in a field related to the environment and conservation in their home country, including social and natural sciences (ranging from environmental journalism, law and education to ecology and wildlife management);
-Candidates who show a) flexibility and capacity to think outside their specialization (critical factors include climate change, poverty reduction, water shortage, population increase/movements); b) ability to partner with other different disciplines critical to future successes; and c) strength of belief, vision and tenacity to address future pressures;
-Applications for studies or training at institutions in the applicant's country or region where appropriate;
-Candidates requesting a grant of less than CHF 10,000;
-Candidates who provide proof that they have secured funding from other sources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150869

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount for any one scholarship under this scheme is CHF 10,000. Only in exceptional circumstances will the maximum award be granted.

Term of Contract:

Study/training (or last year of study) to start no earlier than July 1, 2018 and no later than June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only nationals from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Middle East will be considered, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF. Applicants must provide written proof of acceptance on a course, and proof that they are also seeking funding from other sources. Preference is given where appropriate to those who seek support for studies in their country or region.

Candidates should ensure they fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
-Application form correctly filled in, accompanied by copies of qualification certificates and letter(s) of reference.
-Evidence of conservation commitment: candidate employed in conservation or showing long-term commitment to conservation, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF.
-Evidence of acceptance on the desired course, which should be linked to WWF’s conservation priorities (see selection criteria below).
-Request for support for a) studies or training course lasting one year or less; or b) final year of multiple-year studies, starting no earlier than July 1, 2018 and no later than June 30, 2019. Requests for funding of studies beginning before July 1, 2018 can unfortunately not be considered.
-Request for support not exceeding CHF 10,000 (include evidence of supplementary support if course costs are over this amount); and indicate an additional funding source irrespective of costs.
-Candidate from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe or Middle East.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 13, 2018 to reach the candidate’s nearest WWF Office.

Each WWF Office or Associate carries out an initial screening of the applications they receive and make their recommendations to the PBS Selection Committee, which meets end of April each year.

Only those applications recommended by a WWF Office or Associate (accompanied by the completed WWF Recommendation Form) will be considered.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Vanda Fejes, Program Coordinator
+41 22 364 9205

WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation
WWF International
1196 Gland, Switzerland

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