Welcome to the WCS Research Fellowship Program Website

The WCS Research Fellowship Program is not currently accepting applications.

Maximum award: $15,000

The WCS Research Fellowship Program (RFP) is a small grants program designed to build capacity for the next generation of conservationists by supporting individual field research projects that have a clear application to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wild places.  Collectively, the professionals receiving RFP grants will apply field-tested conservation science to the challenges facing the natural world.

In recent years the RFP was re-designed with a focus on supporting work directly related to WCS priority land/seascapes, species, and/or the global initiatives of business and conservation, climate change, ecosystem services, conservation and the quality of human life, and wildlife health as they relate to WCS species or landscapes.  Specific information on these topics can be found at the links below.

RFP applicants must be citizens of developing countries (i.e., any country not defined as a "high income economy" by the World Bank at http:data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups.  An exception is made for applicants who are Native American (US) or First Nations, Métis or Inuit (Canada).  The Program seeks to support the field work of graduate-level students (Masters, PhD, DVM or equivalent; however applications will be accepted from all conservationists in the early stages of their career) who will work with WCS staff in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and in special cases, North America (as noted above).

Before applying, we strongly recommend that applicants first contact WCS field staff in their country for review and feedback. 

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Announcing the John Thorbjarnarson Fellowship for Reptile Research

The Wildlife Conservation Society is honored to announce that we are accepting applications for the John Thorbjarnarson Fellowship for Reptile Research.  WCS Senior Conservation Scientist Dr. John Thorbjarnarson was a world-renowned expert on crocodiles, alligators, anacondas, turtles, and other species of reptiles and worked tirelessly throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia to ensure their protection and conservation. With the generous support of the Thorbjarnarson family, WCS has established a memorial fellowship fund in John's name.

This call will be open to applicants who otherwise qualify under the Research Fellowship Program eligibility requirements and whose research interests are focused on the conservation of reptiles.  Applications should be submitted through the regular RFP process described on this website.

To determine whether your proposal meets WCS Research Fellowship Program guidelines, please review our Eligibility Requirements.

Click here to apply now.


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