Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation

Deadline: 11 January 2015
Open to: 
nationals from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Middle East
10.000 CHF


The aim of the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund (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. As a priority, PBS supports mid-career training for those working in the field of conservation and associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation.


In order to be eligible for this scholarship you need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Candidates from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe or Middle East;
  • Request for support not exceeding CHF 10,000 (include evidence of supplementary support if course costs are over this amount); and indicate an additional funding source irrespective of costs;
  • Request for support for studies or training course lasting one year or less or final year of multiple-year studies, starting no earlier than 1 July 2015 and no later than 30 June 2016;


The maximum amount for any one scholarship under this scheme is CHF 10,000 and preferential consideration is given to requests for less than CHF 10,000. The financial support provided by the PBS may be used to pay for course fees, books, travel and living expenses whilst studying, or a combination of these.

Selection criteria

The following four criteria will be used to screen and select the best candidates:

  • Course or training, which explicitly links to WWF’s conservation priorities within the WWF Global Programme Framework through at least one of:
  1. WWF Global Priority Places (35 ecoregions: terrestrial, freshwater, marine);
  2. WWF Global Priority Species (36 species: plants, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals);
  3. Reduction in the Ecological Footprint, e.g. footprint in energy/carbon; cropland (including food, fibre and biofuel crops); grazing land, fishing and forest.
  • Recommendation from the nearest WWF Office or Associate Organization;
  • Overall balance of gender and geographic representation.


Your submission should include the following:

  • Application form(there is also an application guidelines);
  • Evidence of acceptance from the institution where you intend to pursue your studies;
  • Letter(s) of reference;
  • Copies of certificates;
  • Evidence of achievements in nature conservation.

You need to sent the respective documents to the nearest WWF Office or WWF Associate in your country/region.

For more information please visit the official website or contact:

Moia Hartop Soutter (Mrs)
Programme Coordinator
WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation
WWF International
1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel:       +41 22 364 9111
Direct:  +41 22 364 9205

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