Russell E. Train Fellowships: Current & Aspiring University Faculty for Conservation

World Wildlife Fund

Grant amount: Up to US $90,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2019 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

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

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

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Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree.

Building Capacity for Current and Aspiring Faculty

Strong university faculty is fundamental for effective higher education. Faculty members inspire students, design curricula, promote learning, lead research, and publish scientific results. In 2013, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) launched this fellowship opportunity with support from an anonymous donor with the goal of improving academic programs in conservation.

This year, we are proud to offer this opportunity again to support current and aspiring university faculty that are affiliated with or currently employed at African, Asian and Latin American universities to pursue doctoral degrees in social science, natural science and other conservation-related fields. After completing a degree, the individual must enhance, expand, or establish a graduate-level conservation program at a university in their home country. By doing so, WWF aims to improve the capacity of these local and regional universities and encourage future conservationists to study in their home countries. 

Fellowship Overview

To build local capacity in Asia, Africa and Latin America, EFN is offering fellowships to current and aspiring faculty members to enable them to pursue their PhD. Applicants may apply for up to three years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year.

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


  • Eligibility criteria:
    • You must be a citizen and legal permanent resident of an eligible country.
    • You must have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
    • You must have a demonstrated commitment to working in academia in an eligible country.
    • You must have an existing affiliation with a college or university in an eligible country.
    • You must be enrolled in, admitted to, or have applied to a PhD program anywhere in the world.
    • You must plan to begin your studies no later than January the year following application.
    • You must commit to working at an academic institution for at least two years in your home country after the completion of your degree to enhance, expand, or establish a graduate-level conservation program.
    • You must not have received a Train Fellowship or Scholarship in the past. 
    • You must notify EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient.
      • WWF employees are eligible to apply for a Train Fellowship. However, if they are awarded a fellowship, they must take a leave of absence or resign from their position at WWF for the period in which they receive funding.
  • Applicants may apply for up to three years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year.


  • Priority will be given to individuals affiliated with underserved universities.


  •  EFN is not allowed to provide fellowship funding to individuals who are earning a wage from WWF.