Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship Programme

Conservation International Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $8,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 30, 2018

Applicant type: Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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Through this fellowship, we are creating opportunities for indigenous leaders to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss using the traditional knowledge of men and women.

Indigenous and traditional peoples’ knowledge, together with biodiversity and climate-related science, can help communities facing increasing threats on their lands and territories to confront the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. At the same time, a better understanding of how men and women interact with their environment, and the development of culturally appropriate methods to better engage everyone in management efforts, will help to confront the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

This seven month-long fellowship will be offered to two candidates, depending upon the pool of applicants.

For the research project component of the fellowship, each of the fellows will design a research project and produce a report on the theme of “Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: How conservation efforts can contribute to the realization and/or strengthening of indigenous peoples rights to their resources.”

To accomplish this research, the fellows will work directly with their own community or local indigenous/traditional organization. The research project is aimed at demonstrating where indigenous strategies on conservation have worked or not, and identify what the contributing factors were. The results of the research will be shared with indigenous organizations, conservation groups and governments.

The Indigenous & Traditional Peoples Conservation Fellowship is sponsored by Conservation International to create opportunities for leaders and scholars from indigenous and traditional peoples communities and organizations. The fellowship is intended to allow leaders to explore solutions to problems identified by the community that are affecting their lands, communities and livelihoods. The program will focus on two very important areas: 1) support for a research project into the conservation strategies employed by indigenous communities to strengthen their land and resource rights over their territories; 2) support for the development of a concept note for a project that will address recommendations arising from the research and to be implemented by the community.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant must be a member of an indigenous or traditional community, preferably with links to an indigenous organization at the national/regional level.
  • Applicants should focus proposals in the following areas:
    • management of community conserved lands/indigenous territories and/or
    • community managed marine areas,
    • traditional knowledge, or
    • development of community protocols for issues of access
    • and benefit sharing.
  • There are no age or gender limitations to this fellowship.
  • Applicant must be flexible and able to travel nationally and internationally.
  • There are no education limitations on this fellowship. However, applicant must be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.