Current and Aspiring University Faculty Fellowship Program

Current and Aspiring University Faculty Fellowship Program

To strengthen local capacity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) seeks to support current and aspiring faculty members to pursue their PhD in-country, regionally, or globally.

The objective of this competitive fellowship is to advance the development of a critical mass of outstanding and well-trained experts, natural and social scientists, and practitioners who will continue to increase the learning, research, and engagement in conservation science and leadership.

The fellowship is open to nationals of eligible countries within WWF-US priority areas who are already enrolled/are interested in enrolling in a PhD program. Eligible countries include: Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Dem. Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Congo, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible.

  • 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/academic experience.

  • You must have an existing affiliation with a college or university in an eligible country and demonstrate collaboration and strategic partnership with country and/or regional institutions. Priority will be given to individuals affiliated with underserved

  • You must have a demonstrated commitment to working in academia in an eligible country. For example, commitment to providing targeted mentorship and guidance to early career conservation leaders and scientists.

  • You must be enrolled in or admitted to a Ph.D. program in-country or anywhere in the world.

  • You must plan to begin your studies no later than January 2025.

  • You must contact EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient to determine eligibility.

    Focus Areas

    This fellowship aims to bridge academic excellence
    and conservation research to provide hands-on experience, learning, and training opportunities. The proposed research topics may cover a wide range of themes. Finalists will be identified through a competitive selection process and scored based on a set of criteria including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Academic and professional contributions/potential: Applicant’s commitment to their academic, research, and professional

  • Strength and quality of the research proposal: uniqueness of proposed topic, relevance, and detailed plan of action. The proposed work demonstrates an understanding of the fellowship’s rationale. The proposed research work highlights the intent to explore solutions at the interface of climate, conservation, people, and sustainable development; the proposed activities are feasible
    within the proposed work plan and realistic budget.

  • Individual and collective impact: The applicant’s ability to succeed in conservation research and leadership; short and long-term
    impacts as well as lasting conservation outcomes beyond proposed academic/research timeframe. The proposed work aims to engage diverse stakeholders, including gender mainstreaming and involvement of local and indigenous communities. The applicant demonstrates potential to build partnerships and active engagement with local communities, academic, research, and practitioners.

  • Project measurability: The proposed research has measurable outcomes and outputs.

  • Collaborations: The applicant’s demonstrated potential to enhance partnerships beyond the proposed objectives and timeframe.

  • Recommendation letters: The applicant meets the specific criteria for the fellowship with specific examples which demonstrate the applicant's abilities.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Current and Aspiring University Faculty Fellowship Program

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