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Darrell Posey Field Fellowship

International Society of Ethnobiology

Grant amount: US $40,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 30, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The priorities of the Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights reflects some of the key lessons learned by Darrell in his lifetime of working on applied ethnoecology and traditional resource rights:

  • It is often the small, grassroots organizations with little visibility and limited administrative capacity which carry out some of the most effective and important, even if at times unrecognized, work; 
  • Because these small groups often lack the necessary networking, fundraising and reporting skills and capacities, they often face financial difficulties;
  • The one-year funding cycle adopted by many funding schemes is too constraining and limiting;
  • Ethnobiologists, especially those working outside of academia, have an extremely difficult time receiving financial support for their work;
  • Ethnobiologists working within academia also often receive little financial or institutional support for their work, since ethnobiology and applied work generally does not fit easily within academic institutional priorities and promotion structures.

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  • Field Fellowships are awarded to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds (indigenous people, community leaders, activists and advocates, academics, etc.) with an outstanding history of work on applied ethnobiology or traditional resource rights issues, and/or working directly with local groups, communities and organizations;
  • Funds can be applied to the costs of field and project work, or to cover an individual’s time; the fellowship is intended to support well-respected individuals undertaking excellent work, without attaching many strings or creating bureaucratic demands on their time.


  • Priority is generally given to individuals undertaking their work outside of traditional financial and institutional support structures, and therefore in more significant need of support.
    • Individuals working on these issues often have limited or sporadic support for their work, and there are very few formal positions in the field of applied ethnobiology.