Wildlife Conservation Society’s Fellowship

Deadline: 16 July 2012
Open to: citizens of developing countries
Fellowship: $20,000


The WCS Research Fellowship Program (RFP) is a small grants program designed to build capacity for the next generation of conservationists by supporting individual field research projects that have a clear application to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wild places.  Collectively, the professionals receiving RFP grants will apply field-tested conservation science to the challenges facing the natural world.

In recent years the RFP was re-designed with a focus on supporting work directly related to WCS priority land/seascapes, species, and/or the global initiatives of wildlife health, climate change, ecosystem services/payments for ecosystem services, and natural resource management.  Specific information on these topics can be found at the links below.


  1. Preference is given to applicants enrolled in Masters and PhD level programs however applications will be accepted from all conservationists in the early stages of their career.
  2. Applicants must be citizens of developing countries (i.e., any country not defined as a “high income economy” by the World Bank at http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups. An exception is made for applicants who are Native American (US) or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (Canada).
  3. Applicants cannot be current WCS employees. However, seasonal WCS employees are eligible if enrolled in academic institutions and not working for WCS for the duration of the project.
  4. Applicants must not have received a WCS RFP grant in the past.
  5. Organizations or teams are not eligible for WCS RFP funding. If you are interested in applying for a grant as part of a team, please visit the Conservation Leadership Programme website.
  6. There must be only one Principal Investigator (PI) listed on the application. Faculty and/or research advisors should not be listed as the PI.


  • Download the Word application template here.
    • Please note: Applications are accepted in English, Spanish, and French only. Your abstract, however, MUSTbe in English.
  • If a particular question is not applicable to you, please enter N/A in the answer box.
  • Please stay within the maximum word count required for each section.
  • The application form must be filled out completely before it can be submitted for consideration. You will also need to send a CV, any permits or letters of endorsement, and a letter of recommendation before submitting your application (see Section 6 of the application form).
  • When you are certain that your application is complete please send your completed application and, CV, any permits or letters of endorsement, and a letter of recommendation tofellowship@wcs.org  

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