Russell E. Train Fellowships 2022 for Conservation Leaders (Up to $30,000)

Russell E. Train Fellowships 2022 for Conservation Leaders (Up to $30,000)

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Applications for the Russell E. Train Fellowships 2022 are now open. To build capacity across the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean, WWF’s Education for Nature Program (EFN) invites applications from current and aspiring conservation leaders to enable them to pursue graduate-level studies (masters and PhDs) geared towards bridging the gap in the capacity of countries to deliver the goals of BE development.

The aim of the fellowship is to support individuals to develop evidence based, innovative and interdisciplinary research on the ‘Role of Gender Equity in achieving sustainable Blue Economy outcomes, with emphasis on small scale fisheries and tropical ecosystems’. It is WWF’s belief that the outcome of this support goes beyond educational achievements by the beneficiaries and translates into equity in participation in policy and governance frameworks that are related to ocean science and policy in support of the Blue Economy.


  • Applicants may apply for up to two years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year.


  • You must be a citizen and legal permanent resident of an eligible country.
  • You must have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
  • You must have a demonstrated commitment to working in conservation in an eligible country.
  • Your research or academic program must address one of the focus areas.
  • You must be enrolled in, admitted to, or have applied to a master’s or PhD program anywhere in the world.
  • You must plan to begin your studies no later than January 2023.
  • You must commit to working for at least two years in your home country after the completion of your degree.
  • You must not have received a Train Fellowship or Scholarship in the past. Professional Development Grant recipients are eligible to apply.
  • You must notify EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient.
  • You must submit all required documents by the application deadline (March 1, 2022).

Eligible Countries

Belize, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Vietnam

Selection Criteria

Train Fellows are selected through a competitive, merit-based process. An independent, interdisciplinary panel of experts is convened in each country to review applications and to identify the top candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Professional qualifications as evidenced by previous and current conservation-related positions, references from colleagues in the field, publications, and other sources.
  • Demonstrated leadership through involvement in community and volunteer activities, the workplace, local and national government, and other areas.
  • Prior academic achievement as shown by grades, academic awards, and references from professors.
  • Motivation and commitment to contribute to conservation in a participating country and to share what is learned with others in their field and in their home communities.
  • Potential impact of proposed study/research on conservation efforts in the home country or region.
  • Relevance of the proposal to the topic.
  • Evidence of enrollment or ongoing enrollment in an institute of higher learning.


The application cycle for 2022 Train Fellowships is now open. The deadline to apply for either fellowship opportunity is March 1, 2022 by 11:59pm ET.

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For more information, visit Russell E. Train Fellowship.