Deadline: September 17, 2023
Applications are open for the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) Conservation & Communities Fellowship 2023. The Fellowship is a 10-month tailored learning and development programme for Global South leaders. It seeks to bring greater equity in the conservation funding flows from the Global North by supporting grassroots Global South civil society organisations to directly access funds for their projects and programmes.
The goal of the Fellowship is to enhance the skills, leadership and networks of 30 changemakers within Global South organisations who work at the intersection of biodiversity and livelihoods. The CCF will help participants to fundraise for their projects and programmes, successfully implement and measure the impact of their projects and programmes, and grow a supportive peer-learning and mentoring community.
The CCF is offered for free, thanks to the generosity of funders. They will ask all fellows to contribute a modest sum towards their travel costs for the in-person event in Morocco in May 2024. They will offer support for individuals to fundraise to cover these costs, as well as application-based travel bursaries, to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity of participating.
Taking part in the Conservation and Communities Fellowship will allow participants to:
- Grow new networks and collaborations;
- Acquire mentoring and coaching skills to support colleagues, partners and collaborators;
- Build robust technical and strategic skills in all areas, from building relationships with donors, through project implementation and impact measurement, to scaling up programmes;
- Gain leadership capabilities and learn how to ‘Lead Beyond Authority’ – i.e. to lead and collaborate across sectors, geographies, cultures and social boundaries;
- Support their organisations to successfully fundraise for their projects and programmes;
- Participate in the International Society for Ethnobiology’s 18th biennial Congress in Marrakech, Morocco in May 2024;
- Join the Global Environments Network.
- Open to applicants from the Global South who are leaders or project managers in local civil society or grassroots organisations whose work focuses on the intersection of biodiversity conservation and community livelihoods.
- Specifically, they are seeking candidates from Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries and Lower Middle-Income Countries.
- Successful candidates will be highly motivated individuals who show commitment to bring about positive change, and who can demonstrate their leadership potential and capability. They are able to critically assess their personal and organisational challenges and are capable of clearly articulating their learning requirements and needs.
The deadline to apply is midnight (UK time) on September 17, 2023. This application should take around 30 minutes to complete. You will be informed by September 29, 2023 if you have been shortlisted. Selected participants will be announced by October 16, 2023. The programme starts on November 1, 2023.
For more information, visit GDF Conservation & Communities Fellowship.