National Geographic Society (NGS) 2018 Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation ($USD 25,000 grant)


Application Deadline: January 8, 2018,

Applications for the National Geographic Society (NGS) 2018 Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation program are now being accepted.

The annual National Geographic/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation were established by the Society and The Howard G. Buffett Foundation to recognize and celebrate unsung heroes working in the field. Two awards are presented each year: one for achievement in Africa (established in 2002) and the other for achievement in Latin America (established in 2005).


  • Nominee must be a citizen of the country where he/she develops the conservation work
  • Nominee must be an accomplished individual who has created positive change in his/her community through conservation
  • Buffett Awards are NOT lifetime achievement awards, nor are they early career awards. Thus nominees must be at the peak of their careers as conservation leaders
  • Buffett Awards are NOT conservation grants. If you are interested in applying to a grant from National Geographic, please visit
  • Preference will be given to nominees who have not received multiple conservation awards
  • Preference will be given to nominees with species-focused conservation efforts

Recipients of these awards have demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing and protecting the natural resources in their regions and countries. In addition, they are each inspirational conservation advocates who serve as role models and mentors.

Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted to the Committee for Research and Exploration, which screens each nominee through a peer-review process.


  • The awardees chosen each year are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and receive a one-time grant of $25,000 to support their ongoing work.
For questions about the award or the nomination process, please contact Luisa Arnedo [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NGS 2018 Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation



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