PTES Worldwide Conservation Insight Grants

People’s Trust for Endangered Species

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Grant amount: £3,000 - £20,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Research Scientist Indigenous Group Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty College / University PhD Student Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Anguilla Show all

Location of residency: Preferred: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Côte D'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Republic Of, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic Of, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States Of, Moldova, Republic of, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, State of, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, American Samoa Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

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We have awarded grants to scientific researchers and conservationists for many years for work that is aimed at the preservation of endangered species around the world.

PTES Conservation Insight Grants

Conservation Insight Grant applications are now being accepted. We have introduced a new open application process with no deadlines. Applications will normally be processed within four months. Please take this into consideration when applying, ensuring that no activities are planned before that time. 

Our Conservation Insight Grants are for projects focusing on endangered species for up to two years. We award funds between £3,000 and £10,000 per annum up to a maximum total of £20,000.

Funds will be awarded for work that seeks to either:

  • Find the critical scientific evidence that will facilitate the conservation of a species
  • Provide the answer to a key conservation question, which will enable conservationists to undertake critical conservation action
  • Undertake the implementation of a key local action which will result in a significantly, positive impact for an endangered species

High priority projects include:

  • Gathering evidence needed to undertake necessary mitigation work
  • Using scientific evidence to get changes made to local, national or international policy
  • Devising and testing a new methodology for monitoring a species or group of species

Priority is also given to applications for conservation and research work on species classified as endangered, critically endangered and extinct in the wild by the IUCN.

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


  • Applicants are welcomed from scientific researchers and those working in the field of practical conservation.
    • The project leader should be based either within an NGO or a university research department.
  • These grants are suitable for research or conservation projects that focus on one or more endangered species, or their habitat.
  • Applications will only be considered from those working in countries classified by the World Bank as low and middle-income
  • The project should be up to two years in duration.
  • The project should have a clear end point. If aspects of a project are likely to continue over the long-term, the applicant should make clear how they will be funded. 


  • Priority is also given to applications for conservation and research work on species classified as endangered, critically endangered and extinct in the wild by the IUCN.
  • Preference is given to projects with outcomes that are clear and sustainable
  • Priority will be given to projects working on those species classified by the IUCN redlist as endangered, critically endangered and extinct in the wild.
    • However applications for work on species listed as vulnerable and near-threatened will also be considered.
  • Preference is given to applicants working in their own country rather than UK or other western nationals working abroad.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a proven, successful history working on the species and/or in that region.


  • Please note that we do not fund work on bird species or general habitat management.
  • What will not be considered for funding:
    • Applications from local or national governments 
    • Applications for work on bird species
    • Student fees or living costs for any level of course  
    • Projects that are part of an undergraduate or Masters course 
    • Core salary or administrative costs of an organisation unrelated to the project
    • Work on an alien species to a country unless it is likely to result in benefit to a native species 
    • Applications for projects run by western-based NGOs who send successive volunteers groups out to developing countries
  • Low priority projects would include:
    • General survey work to determine population status of a species in an area
    • Local reintroductions