WWF is funding Russell E. Train Fellowships to pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation to attend any university around the world WWF is funding Russell E. Train Fellowships for pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation to attend any university around the world. Applicants may apply for up to three years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year. Applicants have to return to their home countries after the completion of the program. The selection of the fellowship is on the basis of competitive, merit-based process.
School(Institutions/ Country): | Abroad (Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years.)
Field(s): in the area of conservation.
Deadline: March 1, 2016.
Funded By: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): 2016 Russell E Train Fellowships are targeted for applicants from Bhutan, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia (Building Capacity in Wildlife Science and Management), Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, Laos, Nepal, Paraguay, Uganda, and Zambia (Building Capacity for Freshwater Conservation), Mozambique (Conservation in Mozambique), Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic ,
2016 Russell E Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation.
‣ Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research.
‣ Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree.
‣ Applicants from select WWF-US priority countries must meet all of the eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.
To be eligible for 2016 Russell E Train Fellowships , applicants must meet the following criteria. Please note that eligibility criteria can vary by competition. Please also refer to specific competition guidelines to ensure they are eligible.
‣ must be a citizen and legal permanent resident of an eligible country.
‣ must have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
‣ must have a demonstrated commitment to working in conservation in an eligible country.
‣ Their research or academic program must address one of the focus areas listed in the guidelines.
‣ must be enrolled in, admitted to, or have applied to a master’s or PhD program anywhere in the world.
‣ must plan to begin your studies no later than January 2017.
‣ must commit to working for at least two years in your home country after the completion of your degree.
‣ must not have received a Train Fellowship or Scholarship in the past. Professional Development Grant recipients are eligible to apply.
‣ must notify EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient.
‣ must submit all required documents by the application deadline (March 1, 2016).
Selection Criteria for 2016 Russell E Train Fellowships
‣ Train Fellows are selected through a competitive, merit-based process. An independent, interdisciplinary panel of experts is convened in each country to review applications and to identify the top candidates based on the following criteria:
‣ Professional qualifications as evidenced by previous and current conservation-related positions, references from colleagues in the field, publications, and other sources.
‣ Demonstrated leadership through involvement in community and volunteer activities, the workplace, local and national government, and other areas.
‣ Prior academic achievement as shown by grades, academic awards, and references from professors.
‣ Motivation and commitment to contribute to conservation in a participating country and to share what is learned with others in their field and in their home communities.
‣ Potential impact of proposed study/research on conservation efforts in the home country or region.
Scholarship Application Method
‣ Applications are submitted via online ( Application Form )
‣ Scholarship Applications are due on March 1, 2016.
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.