WWF Professional Development Grants

WWF Professional Development Grants

WWF Professional Development Grants

World Wild Fund (WWF) is seeking proposals for its Professional Development Grants (PDGs) to 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.

Funding Information

Applicants can request up to $6,500.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of an eligible country.
  • Applicants must currently be living and working in their home country.
  • Applicants must have at least three years of paid work experience in a conservation-related field in applicants home country.
  • Applicants must have applied to or already be accepted to participate in the proposed training at the time applicants submit their application.
  • Applicants current work and proposed training must help advance conservation in applicants home country.
  • Applicants must not be enrolled in an academic degree program.
  • Applicants must have approval from their employer to participate in the proposed training and the promise of continued employment.
  • Applicants must have a bank account in their own name that can receive US dollars and international wire transfers.
  • Applicants 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.
  • Applicants must submit all required documents by the application deadline.

    Eligible Countries

    Individuals from the following countries are eligible to apply. Please note that within the eligible countries EFN gives preference to applicants working in WWF priority regions.

  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Colombia
  • Dem. Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Fiji
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Republic of Congo
  • Solomon Islands
  • Suriname
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

    Application Process

    All applicants must complete an application by one of the deadlines noted below.

    The proposed training must take place at least 90 days after the application deadline to allow EFN time for review, selection and processing of the grant.

  • November 1
  • February 1
  • May 1
  • August 1 Individuals may submit an online application at any time. Completed applications will be reviewed on the dates noted above, and applicants will be notified of the results within one month after the application deadline.

    Please note: PDGs are highly competitive. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee you will receive a grant.

    EFN requires employer approval for all Professional Development Grant applicants. Applicants will put the email address of their supervisor in their application.

    After the applicant submits their completed application, their supervisor will receive an automatic email requesting an employer approval document to be uploaded.

    This document’s responses will be used during the review process.

    For more information and application details, see; WWF Professional Development Grants

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