Kinship Conservation Fellowship

Kinship Foundation

Suggest an update

Grant amount: US $6,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 8, 2020 3:00pm PST

Applicant type: Working Professional

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Conference, Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: Washington

View website    Save Need help writing this grant?

About this funder:



NOTE: The 2019 Fellowship will take place from June 30 through July 31, 2019 in Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.

Innovative tools. Inspired leaders. 

It takes strong leaders working together to solve the world’s toughest environmental challenges.

By promoting innovative, market-based solutions, Kinship Conservation Fellows seeks to have positive and lasting conservation impacts. We believe in investing in practitioners who are open to new ideas and who seek real tools to implement effective solutions to environmental problems.


Kinship Conservation Fellows operates on three primary strategies:

Capacity building allows for greater implementation of market-based approaches. Each year, 18 conservationists participate in our month-long intensive training Fellows program, which focuses on developing the skills needed to implement market-based conservation practices to solve environmental challenges. 

In 2018, we will expand our programming to include the training of early to mid-level career conservationists in regional workshops that focus on community-based projects.

Thought leadership promotes greater influence within the larger conservation community by showcasing the work of Fellows, sharing research and evaluation findings, and lessons learned through the implementation of market-based strategies.

In 2018, we will expand the understanding and use of market-based strategies by developing resources to share with the broader conservation community. These resources are examples of how market-based strategies are implemented in the real world, and can be used as teaching tools.

Community serves to accelerate positive change and influence to address environmental challenges. Our Fellows join a global community where they can connect with past cohorts and conservation practitioners to use combined skills and innovative ideas to accelerate change and maximize conservation impact.

In 2018, we will facilitate collaboration among our Fellows to scale their work in order to improve conservation outcomes. 

Become a Fellow

Only the best and the brightest practitioners in the field are chosen to become Fellows. Those who are selected receive a $6000 stipend and a month of valuable training. The curriculum is delivered by a faculty of global experts who work closely with each carefully selected cohort of Fellows to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues.

Using a case study methodology, Fellows identify new solutions to real life conservation challenges. Over the course of the month, Fellows attend dynamic sessions, participate in collaborative and independent projects, and attend field trips.

Beyond the training

Kinship Fellows join a community of practitioners, where they continue to network and collaborate to address environmental challenges. The global network of 264 Fellows in 51 countries across 7 continents is collaborative, innovative, and dedicated to effective conservation.

Fellows bring home new ideas, tools, and inspiration. Their success benefits their organizations and the greater conservation community.

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


  • We're looking for conservation leaders with at least five years of experience, who are deeply committed to conservation, involved with the implementation of market-based approaches to solve environmental problems, and ready to be part of an expanding community of global leaders.
  • A key part of the Fellows application is a proposed project describing an environmental issue related to the applicant's work and the plans to develop a solution using market approaches.
  • Successful applicants will be familiar with business and economic principles and work in a setting where these principles can be integrated with conservation work.
  • In order to be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Possess a minimum of a four-year U.S. college degree (or its equivalent).
    • Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience, after completing a degree.
    • Be proficient in spoken and written English.
    • Be a conservation practitioner (rather than an academic or researcher).


  • Applicants who meet the above requirements will be evaluated in the following areas:
    • Proposed project viability and appropriateness
    • Leadership potential
    • Potential contribution to the month-long program and to an ongoing community of leaders