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Russell E. Train Fellowships for Current & Aspiring University Faculty for Conservation 2020

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. 

EFN is providing fellowships 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 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.

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About Russell E. Train Fellowships

For nearly 60 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. WWF-US is part of the WWF global network which has worked for nearly 60 years to protect the future of nature. In 2... read more


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Russell E. Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Russell E. Masters Scholarship

$30,000 per year funding


Requirements for Russell E. Masters Scholarship Qualification

To be eligible for a Train Fellowship, you must meet the following criteria. Please note that eligibility criteria can vary by competition. Please also refer to specific competition guidelines to ensure you are eligible.

  1. You must be a citizen and legal permanent resident of an eligible country.
  2. You must have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
  3. You must have a demonstrated commitment to working in conservation in an eligible country.
  4. Your research or academic program must address one of the focus areas listed in the guidelines.
  5. You must be enrolled in, admitted to, or have applied to a master’s or PhD program anywhere in the world.
  6. You must plan to begin your studies no later than January 2021.
  7. You must commit to working for at least two years in your home country after the completion of your degree.
  8. You must not have received a Train Fellowship or Scholarship in the past. Professional Development Grant recipients are eligible to apply.
  9. You must notify EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient.
  10. You must submit all required documents by the application deadline (March 1, 2020).

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Russell E. Masters Scholarship

SELECTION PROCESS

Train Fellows are selected through a competitive, merit-based process. An independent, interdisciplinary panel of experts is convened in each country to review applications and to identify the top candidates based on the following criteria:

  1. Professional qualifications as evidenced by previous and current conservation-related positions, references from colleagues in the field, publications, and other sources
  2. Demonstrated leadership through involvement in community and volunteer activities, the workplace, local and national government, and other areas
  3. Prior academic achievement as shown by grades, academic awards, and references from professors
  4. Motivation and commitment to contribute to conservation in a participating country and to share what is learned with others in their field and in their home communities
  5. Potential impact of proposed study/research on conservation efforts in the home country or region

Application Deadline

March 1, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Russell E. Train Fellowships on wwf.submittable.com to apply

For more details, please visit the scholarship website here

Interested applicants are invited to visit www.worldwildlife.org/efn for more information or email EFN at [email protected]


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