Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship for Young Leaders

Deadline: 30 September 2016
Open to: member of an indigenous or traditional community, preferably with links to an indigenous organization
Fellowship: funding with a total value of USD 8,000


Conservation International invites interested indigenous peoples to apply for the 2016-2017 Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship. This seven-month fellowship creates opportunities for new leaders from indigenous and traditional peoples communities and organizations from different parts of the world. Now in its fifth year, this fellowship program will enable selected applicants to develop their leadership skills, interact with indigenous organizations and leaders in their region, and provide assistance to their community and/ or organization through a specific project.

The theme of this year’s fellowship will be: “Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: How conservation efforts can contribute to the realization and/or strengthening of indigenous peoples’ rights to their resources.” Fellows will be asked to develop case studies on strategies indigenous peoples have implemented to conserve specific resources in their territories,and how these strategies were carried out. The studies will help inform processes related to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and must be validated by the communities involved.
Additionally, fellows will be asked to develop concept notes for projects that can be implemented by the communities after the conclusion of their fellowship; such concepts must address one or more of the recommendations that will come out of the study.


  • Be a member of an indigenous or traditional community, preferably with links to an indigenous organization at the national/regional level;
  • Focus proposals in the following areas: management of community conserved lands/indigenous territories and/or community managed marine areas, traditional knowledge, or development of community protocols for issues of access and benefit sharing;
  • There are no age or gender limitations;
  • Be flexible and able to travel nationally and internationally;
  • There are no education limitations. However, applicant must be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.


  • Fellowship funding with a total value of USD 8,000: coves costs for the research duration and attendance in any national meeting determined to be of relevance to the research and to the community;
  • Access to CI’s research and data on mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation and contacts with CI professionals in the headquarters and field offices as well as with key CI partners, including mentoring from the members of the Indigenous Advisory Group of CI;
  •  A meeting with CI staff at CI headquarters to present results of the research and to develop concept notes for funding proposals. Other meetings will be arranged depending on the interest and availability of partners.

How to apply?

Conservation International invites interested indigenous peoples to read the a call for 2016-2017 Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship and include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or resume, as well as a copy of your personal identification information;
  2. A nomination letter from your sponsoring community and/or indigenous organization, demonstrating you have the support of the community in which you will be working;
  3. A completed application form, including work plan proposal;
  4. A 2-3 page outline of your research project proposal, explaining your proposed area of work;
  5. A completed budget estimate worksheet.

For more information please read the official call.

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