Future Conservationist Award

Conservation Leadership Programme

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Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 24, 2020

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Research Scientist

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Antigua and Barbuda Show all

Location of residency: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Antigua and Barbuda Show all

Location of citizenship: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Antigua and Barbuda Show all

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Overview:

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a training and capacity building programme that targets individuals from developing countries who are early in their conservation career and demonstrate leadership potential.

CLP offers Future Conservationist Awards to develop leadership capacity of early-career conservationists who want to make a positive difference on the ground. CLP supports teams of individuals with less than five years of professional conservation experience, who display a strong commitment to conservation and demonstrate leadership potential. CLP develops conservation leaders by helping these groups of individuals gain practical experience in managing their own priority projects.

CLP Call for Proposals: Project funding for tree and non-avian marine species in Asia Pacific region

The Conservation Leadership Programme is now accepting applications to support projects in low and middle income countries and some high income islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. Funding will support early-career conservationists to conduct scientific research, encourage and promote pro-conservation attitudes and deliver tangible results to better conserve and manage the natural world.

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible countries for this funding round are: non-high income economies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and South-eastern Europe and the Middle East.
    • See guidelines for ineligible countries (high income and countries with whom trade or other dealings are prohibited under any sanctions or restricted party regime imposed by the UN, EU, UK and USA) and high income Caribbean and Pacific Island economies that are eligible.
  • Eligibility Criteria - Team:
    • CLP Awards are for team-based conservation projects – each team must have at least three people.
      • 50% or more of the team members must be nationals of the country where the project is taking place.
    • The team leader must be a national of the country where the project is taking place. Co-leadership with a non-national will be  considered, subject to clear justification.
    • All team members must be early-career conservationists with no more than five years of paid work experience in the conservation sector. ‘Paid work experience’ does not include research for a university degree. 
    • Any team member volunteering at a CLP partner organisation at the time of application and/or project implementation MUST be declared in the application. They also need to explain how the CLP proposal differs from the partner organisation’s work.
    • Applicants can participate in only one CLP project at a time and in no more than three Future Conservationist Award projects in total, serving as team leader for no more than one Future Conservationist project.
  • Eligibility Criteria - Project:
    • CLP offers support to early-career conservationists living and working in low and middle income economies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and South-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The project must take place in one of the eligible countries. See below for ineligible countries (high income and countries with whom trade or other dealings are prohibited under any sanctions or restricted party regime imposed by the UN, EU, UK and USA) and high income Caribbean and Pacific Island economies that are eligible.
    • The project must be no less than three months and no more than one year in length.
    • The total funding request from CLP must not exceed US $15,000 and CLP funding must cover at least 50% of the total project budget.
    • The project must focus on globally important species for biodiversity conservation that are at risk. We consider a species to be ‘at risk’ if it is designated as globally threatened (CR, EN, VU) or data deficient (DD) by the IUCN Red List OR if there is information suggesting that urgent conservation action is needed.
    • For those projects focusing on multiple species and/or taxonomic groups, at least one species in each taxonomic group being studied must be at risk.
    • The project must be for new work rather than the continuation of an ongoing, established project.
    • Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project goes beyond academic research being carried out for any team member’s degree.
    • Projects that involve laboratory analyses must justify why this work is critical and urgent for conservation.
    • The proposal must be written by the applicants themselves.

Preferences:

Ineligibility:

  • Nationals of a country subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the USA, UK or EU are NOT eligible to participate on a project team.
  • Individuals who have more than five years of paid work experience in the conservation sector are not eligible for CLP support and should not apply.
  • CLP Does NOT Fund:
    • Projects that include gene storage or captive breeding.

    • Conference attendance, tuition fees for academic programs or scholarships.

    • Salaries or stipends to team members or consultancies.

    • Projects initiated by a CLP partnering organization.
  • No team member can be a part- or full-time paid employee or contractor with a CLP partner organisation, including BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, at any time from project development through to implementation.