Applications are invited for WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships available for formal studies or mid-career training (up to a maximum of one year) in the field of Nature Conservation. Only nationals from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Middle East will be considered, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF.
The aim of the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation (PBS) is to provide financial support to individuals wishing to pursue short-term professional training or formal studies that will help them contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in their country.
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The WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund for Nature Conservation was established in 1991 in honour of WWF’s Founder President, the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The goal of the Scholarship Fund is to help build the next generation of people who will become the conservation leaders of the future.
Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing formal studies or professional training.
Study Subject: The studentships are awarded in the field of Nature Conservation or associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation.
Award: The maximum amount for any one scholarship under this scheme is CHF 10,000. Only in exceptional circumstances will the maximum award be granted.
The award can be taken in Applicants’ own country or region or Abroad (WWF asks people to only study outside their country/region if there is no university/training college locally covering their particular programme of study).
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:
- As a priority, the PBS support mid-career training (up to a maximum of one year) for individuals working in the field of conservation or associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation. Applications from candidates doing multiple-year studies will only be considered if the applicant is applying for support for the last year of studies. Moreover, the course should have a direct link to WWF’s conservation priorities (see also Priority Places and Priority Species, Ecological Footprint, List of Global Ecoregions).
- Applications are encouraged from people seeking to build skills in specific subjects that will enhance their contribution to nature conservation. In particular, women and people working for non-governmental or community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.
- Only nationals from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Middle East will be considered, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF. Applicants must provide written proof of acceptance of a course, and proof that they are also seeking to fund from other sources. Preference is given where appropriate to those who seek support for studies in their country or region.
Nationality: Only nationals from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Middle East will be considered, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF.
How to Apply: The Application Form can be downloaded in the righthand column (with information on how to complete the form in English, French & Spanish). Applications should be submitted to the candidate’s nearest WWF or Associate Office and the deadline for submission is beginning of January each year. The list of WWF Office Contacts for PBS (showing the countries represented on this programme) can also be downloaded in the right-hand column.
Each WWF Office or Associate carries out an initial screening of the applications they receive and make their recommendations to the PBS Selection Committee, which meets the end of April each year. Only those applications recommended by a WWF Office or Associate (accompanied by the completed WWF Recommendation Form) will be considered.
Application Deadline: Application deadline is the 6th of January 2017.