Professional Development Grants

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1ST, 2021.

UPDATE: In light of recent safety concerns and travel restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, EFN is only accepting applications for trainings, conferences, or research-related activities that are accessible online or available locally for the February 1, 2021 deadline. Please review the updated guidelines below.

OVERVIEW
Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. This training can include short courses, certificate training, or conferences among other training opportunities.

EFN has adjusted the February 1, 2021 application cycle to support online programs and locally based courses only. Grants will be awarded up to US$2,000 based on program requirements.

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

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant. Specific eligibility criteria for the February 1, 2021 deadline is included below. Please confirm you meet all eligibility requirements before applying. Approval of online or locally based trainings and conferences is up to the discretion of EFN.

  • You must be a citizen of an eligible country.
  • You must currently be living and working in your home country.
  • You must have at least three years of paid work experience in a conservation-related field in your home country.
  • You must have applied to or already be accepted to participate in the proposed training at the time you submit your application.
  • Your current work and proposed training must help advance conservation in your home country.
  • You must not be enrolled in an academic degree program. Virtual courses that are part of a university degree program or online degree are not eligible.
  • You must have approval from your employer to participate in the proposed training and the promise of continued employment.
  • You must have a bank account in your own name that can receive US dollars and international wire transfers.
  • You 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 60 days after the application deadline.
  • You must submit all required documents by the application deadline.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All applicants must complete an application by one of the deadlines noted below. The proposed training must take place at least 60 days after the application deadline to allow EFN time for review, selection, and processing of the grant.

February 1, 2021 – ONLINE or local trainings/conferences only
May 1, 2021
August 1, 2021
November 1, 2021
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.

For the February 1, 2021 deadline, the following costs will be considered at the discretion of the EFN program: registration fees and tuition for virtual trainings and conferences, required books, required materials (e.g. headphones, computer camera, notebooks), required temporary licenses (e.g. GIS, excel), limited travel within home country, and Wi-Fi costs.

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