Deadline: February 1, 2023

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

Focus Areas

To develop locally led evidence-based, innovative and interdisciplinary research, the types of proposals WWF is open to may cover for following areas/themes, but examples are not limited to this list:

  • Focus on the conservation of biodiversity and habitats.
  • Focus on why the proposed work is needed at the local, national, and regional levels.
  • Emphasis on gender dimensions, equity, and inclusion
  • Build on partnership and active engagement with local communities, academics, research, and practitioners.
  • Consider human dimensions in conservation: community-based conservation and science, emphasizing enhancing local expertise, skills, and knowledge.


  • Applicants may apply for up to two years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year. The amount of funding will vary.


  • 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 an existing affiliation with a college or university in an eligible country and demonstrate collaboration and strategic partnership with the country and/or regional institutions. Priority will be given to individuals affiliated with underserved universities.
  • You must have a demonstrated commitment to working in academia in an eligible country and; Commitment to providing targeted mentorship and guidance to early-career conservation leaders and scientists.
  • You must be enrolled in or admitted to a PhD programme anywhere in the world.
  • You must plan to begin your studies no later than January 2024
  • You must contact EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient to determine eligibility.
  • You must submit all required documents by the application deadline (February 1, 2023).

Eligible Countries

  • Belize, Brazil, Bhutan, Bolivia, 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, Vietnam


Applicants may apply in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. The application deadline is February 1, 2023, by 11:59 ET.

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