Professional Development Grants

World Wildlife Fund

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Grant amount: Up to US $6,500

Next deadline: Aug 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Nov 1, 2020, Feb 1, 2021

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Unaffiliated Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Belize; Bhutan; Bolivia; Cambodia; Cameroon Show all

Location of citizenship: Belize; Bhutan; Bolivia; Cambodia; Cameroon Show all

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NOTE: In light of recent safety concerns and travel restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, EFN is cancelling the May 1, 2020 Professional Development Grant cycle. The application will remain closed until further notice.

Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These trainings can include short courses, certificate trainings, or conferences among other training opportunities.

PDGs support training-related costs, including registration fees and tuition, meals and accommodations, books and materials, international travel, visa fees, and local transportation. Training may take place anywhere in the world and applicants can request up to $6,500.

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


  • Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.
    • You must be a citizen of an eligible country.
    • You must currently be living and working in your home country.
    • You must have at least three years of work experience (paid position) in a conservation-related field in your home country.
    • You must already be accepted to participate in the proposed training at the time you submit your application.
    • Your current work and proposed training must help advance conservation in your home country.
    • You must not be enrolled in an academic degree program.
    • You must have approval from your employer to participate in the proposed training and the promise of continued employment.
    • You must have a bank account in your own name that can receive US dollars.
    • You must not have received funding from EFN in the past. Previous PDG recipients may be eligible for Alumni Grants.
    • The proposed training must take place at least 90 days after the application deadline.
    • The proposed training must be completed within 6 months and must not lead to an academic degree.


  • Please note that within the eligible countries EFN gives preference to applicants working in WWF priority regions.


  • Individuals currently enrolled in an academic degree program are not eligible.
  •  Applicants who require funds in less than 90 days of submitting their applications may not be considered.