Conservation International Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship 2016/2017 for Young Leaders.

Application Deadline: September 30th 2016

Seven months in duration, the Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship creates opportunities for leaders from indigenous and traditional peoples communities and organizations. These fellowships provide funding to support a research project and professional development, as well as support in developing proposals for potential funding to implement solutions discovered through the research. Through research and/or on-the ground activities, fellows will contribute to local solutions and all levels of policymaking.

Conservation International invites interested indigenous peoples to apply for the 2016-2017 Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship. The theme of this year’s fellowship will be: “Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: How conservation efforts can contribute to the realization and/or strengthening of indigenous peoples’ rights to their resources.” Fellows will be asked to develop case studies on strategies indigenous peoples have implemented to conserve specific resources in their territories, and how these strategies were carried out.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a member of an indigenous or traditional community, preferably with links to an indigenous organization at the national/regional level.
  • Applicants should focus proposals in the following areas: management of community conserved lands/indigenous territories and/or community managed marine areas, traditional knowledge, or development of community protocols for issues of access and benefit sharing.
  • There are no age or gender limitations to this fellowship.
  • Applicant must be flexible and able to travel nationally and internationally.
  • There are no education limitations on this fellowship. However, applicant must be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

How to apply?

Deadline for application is September 30, 2016. Please include the following in the application packet:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or resume, as well as a copy of your personal identification information.
  2. A nomination letter from your sponsoring community and/or indigenous organization, demonstrating you have the support of the community in which you will be working.
  3. A completed application form, including work plan proposal and estimated budget template.
  4. A 2-3 page outline of your research project proposal, explaining your proposed area of work. This is not intended to be a full project proposal, but a detailed abstract, in order to give the selection committee a good idea of your project. Anything longer than 3 pages will not be considered.

The nomination letter should both clearly state “Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Conservation Leaders Fellowship.”

Please send all materials to [email protected], attached either as a Word document or a PDF file.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Conservation International Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship


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