Opportunity: Funding and Fellowship EDGE of Existence, Zoological Society of London

The EDGE of Existence Programme from the Zoological Society of London is now accepting applications for 2017-19 EDGE Fellowships. This is a great source of funding and also a great fellowship that offers network opportunities, as well as professional training in conservation biology.

This year the Fellowship is only accepting applications on EDGE species found on their curated list of mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles and coral species. They are particularly interested in focusing on African species but are accepting applications on all of the species found on the list.

EDGE Fellowships

The Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence program is the only global conservation initiative focusing specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. One of the most effective ways in which the programme is working to secure the future of EDGE species is by awarding two-year Fellowships to future conservation leaders “EDGE Fellows” working on poorly-known EDGE mammal, amphibian, bird, reptile or coral species.

EDGE Fellows follow a comprehensive two-year training program comprising:
• A 4-week Conservation Tools training course at the beginning of the program to provide Fellows with essential training in techniques to plan and implement their project;
• A grant of £10,000 to undertake a 2-year project on a top-priority EDGE species;
• Ongoing technical support/mentoring (achieved via online modules, web-based tutorials/seminars, and field visits) throughout the Fellowship;
• A 2-week Conservation Leadership training course in London on successful completion of Fellowship to help Fellows prepare for the next stage of their career.

The application form, guidelines, and eligibility criteria are available to download on the EDGE of Existence website or can be requested from the EDGE Fellows Co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their projects with the program before applying, and the organization will give feedback on a draft of the application before the deadline.

The application deadline is 15th June 2016. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of August 2016.

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