Professional Development Grants

World Wildlife Fund

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Next anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 1, 2021, Aug 1, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation

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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Overview:

NOTE: In light of recent safety concerns and travel restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, EFN is only accepting applications for trainings and conferences that are virtually accessible for the August 1, 2020 deadline.

Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills through short courses, workshops, symposiums, conferences, and professional exchanges.

EFN has adjusted the August 1, 2020 application cycle to focus on virtual programs only. Grants will be awarded up to US$2,000 based on program requirements.

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

Eligibility:

  • 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 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 45 days after the application deadline.
    • The proposed training must be completed within 6 months and must not lead to an academic degree.
  • Additional Criteria for August 1, 2020 Deadline
    • Only trainings and conferences that are virtually accessible (available online) will be eligible. Virtual trainings and conferences must be offered through any accredited institution that offers professional certifications. Applicants may request up to $2,000.
    • If the proposed virtual training requires an application, you must have already applied to or be accepted to participate at the time you submit your application.
    • Courses must be completed no later than May 1, 2021.
    • Applicants must have a stable internet connection for coursework and a computer. 
    • Applicants must meet the minimum requirements designated by their course.
    • Priority will be given to courses with a defined start and end date or “live sessions”.
    • Virtual courses that are part of a university degree program or online degree are not eligible.

Preferences:

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

Ineligibility:

  • You must not be enrolled in an academic degree program. Virtual courses that are part of a university degree program or online degree are not eligible.
  • Virtual courses that are part of a university degree program or online degree are not eligible.
  • Courses and expenses that will NOT be eligible:
    • EFN will not fund in-person trainings or travel at this time.
    • This opportunity is not for online courses associated with university degree programs.
    • Entirely free courses with NO associated fees will not be considered.
    • EFN will NOT cover the cost of computer purchase.

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This page was last reviewed July 28, 2020 and last updated May 29, 2020