Kinship Conservation Fellowhips in Washington

Deadline: 26 January 2015
Open to: conservation practitioner with minimum of a four-year college degree and five years work experience
Fellowship: $6,000 stipend and a month of valuable, cutting-edge training


Kinship Conservation Fellows is a ground-breaking environmental leadership program that emphasizes market-based solutions to environmental problems. Kinship’s dynamic global network of 191 Fellows in 47 countries and 6 continents is collaborative, entrepreneurial, and dedicated to effective conservation. The 2015 program will be held from Sunday, June 28 – Wednesday, July 29.

Kinship Fellows are entrepreneurial and results-oriented. A proposed project describing an environmental issue related to your work and your plans for developing a solution using market approaches will be a key part of your application.

Successful applicants will be familiar with business and economic principles and be in a work environment where these principles can be integrated with conservation work. Eighteen applicants will be selected to participate.


At Kinship, they believe in investing in individuals with the potential to advance the future of conservation. They do this by selecting the best and the brightest and awarding them a $6,000 stipend and a month of valuable, cutting-edge training. 

Kinship Fellows are housed in comfortable resident hall suites located on the award-winning “green” Western Washington University campus in Bellingham, Washington, which also provides classroom and other meeting spaces for the program.


In order to be considered for the program, applicants will need first to meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a minimum of a four-year college degree (or its overseas equivalent);
  • Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience after your degree;
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English;
  • Be a conservation practitioner (rather than an academic or researcher).


2014 applications are open online until 26 January 2015.

To apply for Kinship Fellows you will need to use online application form. When completing the form you will be required to submit the following in an acceptable format:

  1. A statement in 150 words or less summarizing your leadership experience;
  2. statement in 250 words or less of why you want to attend Kinship and what you see yourself doing in five years;
  3. statement in 250 words or less of your experience working with market-based tools;
  4. project description, no more than 500 words, describing an environmental issue related to your work and your plans for developing a solution using market approaches;
  5. Your resume, which should reflect at least five years of experience working in an environmental field;
  6. photo of yourself;
  7. Two letters of recommendation one from your current employer and one from a colleague. The selection panel is trying to assess each applicant’s leadership capacity. Specific examples of the following would be appreciated:
  • Your ability to take action on conservation issues.
  • Your ability to mobilize and motivate others
  • Your capacity to produce innovative solutions to complex environmental problems
  • Your potential to contribute to an ongoing community of leaders

Please note: Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to the office. They cannot be uploaded to your application. If possible, please limit letters to one page each. A signed copy of the letter—on letterhead—should be scanned into a PDF (or JPEG) file and emailed to: Electronic submissions are preferred, but letters can also be mailed to:

Kinship Conservation Fellows
303 West Madison, Ste. 1800
Chicago, IL 60606

For more information visit the official website HERE.

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