Deadline: January 14, 2024
Applications are open for the Kinship Conservation Fellowship 2024. The Kinship Conservation Fellowship supports conservation practitioners across the globe. The program is designed to advance your career and equip you with new skills, insights, and analytical tools to accelerate the projects you lead at home.
The month-long, in-residence Fellowship focuses on market-based solutions in conservation and cultivates your leadership skills in the sector. Through interactive discussions, systems-thinking exercises, and peer-learning sessions, Fellows engage with stories and innovative solutions to overcome complex challenges that they can apply to their own work. The 2024 program runs June 30 – July 30 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, USA.
Delivered by a faculty of global experts, the program’s curriculum is curated to the unique opportunities of each year’s cohort and exposes Fellows to the six Kinship Conservation Pillars for market-based solutions:
- Leading Adaptively
- Iterating for Scale
- Designing for Governing the Commons
- Identifying an Economic Engine
- Financing Conservation
- Evaluating for Impact
Their faculty work closely with each Fellow to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues. In addition to the classroom training sessions, the program includes field trips and excursions to learn about real-world conservation issues. Each year, the Fellows get the opportunity learn firsthand about topics integral to the region’s landscapes, like sustainable forestry and fishing practices.
There is also ample time for exploring Bellingham and connecting with other Fellows. Fellows, faculty, and Kinship Foundation staff also gather for meal nights featuring international flavors and cuisines. During these informal gathering times as well as in the classroom, each year’s cohort forms bonds with each other, which become the foundation of life-long friendships.
- For attending the Fellowship in Bellingham, WA, Fellows receive a stipend of US$8,000, net of customary U.S. tax withholding. All Fellows are responsible for paying their own applicable local, state and federal taxes in respect of the stipend. Additionally, payments to non-US citizens will be subject to customary US tax withholding (currently at 30%, resulting in a net payment of approximately $5600, subject to change based on then-current US tax laws).
In order to be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Possess a minimum of a four-year U.S. college degree (or its equivalent).
- Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience after completing a degree.
- Be proficient in spoken and written English.
- Be a conservation practitioner (rather than an academic or researcher).
Applicants who meet the above requirements will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Proposed project viability and appropriateness
- Leadership potential
- Potential contribution at the Fellowship program and ongoing membership in the Fellows Community
Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM US Central Standard Time on January 14, 2024. Applications that are in progress but have not been submitted by this deadline will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the system by the letter writer by Sunday, January 21, 2024.
For more information, visit Kinship Conservation Fellowship.