Future Conservationist Award

Conservation Leadership Programme

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Grant amount: Up to US $12,500

Anticipated deadline: Nov 28, 2019

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Research Scientist

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China Expand all

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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 the Asia Pacific region* focused on eitherds or non-avian marine species based in seaward habitats. 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.


  • For the current funding round CLP will ONLY accept proposals for projects to be implemented in one of the following countries in Asia Pacific Region:
    • American Samoa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
  • 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.
    • 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:
    • The project must take place in one of the eligible countries listed above.
    • 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$12,500 and CLP funding must cover at least 50% of the total project budget.
    • The project must focus on either globally threatened a) tree species or b) non-avian marine species based in seaward rather than inland coastal habitats.
      • Target species must be at risk or Data Deficient.
        • We consider a species to be ‘at risk’ if it is designated as globally threatened (CR, EN, VU or DD) by the global IUCN Red List OR if there is information suggesting that urgent conservation action is needed for species not yet assessed on the global IUCN Red List.
        • 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



  • 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 t o implementation.
    • 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.