Conservation Leadership Programme

The Conservation Leadership Programme is offering Future Conservationist Awards of up to $12,500 to high potential teams who aim to develop their skills through practical conservation projects. These awards are highly competitive and winners are selected from amongst the highest quality applications. There will be $250,000 worth of funding available for the Future Conservationist Award winning projects in 2008.

Additional funding is also available to previous CLP (formally BPCP) award winners through Conservation Follow-up and Conservation Leadership Awards (

As part of the award, one member from each team is selected to represent their project at a training course and the Society for Conservation Biology international meeting. The introductory course is aimed at developing innovative project management, education, facilitation and communication skills. By linking with the annual Society for Conservation Biology Meeting, they are able to link participants to a strong, professional network, facilitating future international collaboration.

Additionally, winning teams are able to access expertise from within each of the five partner organisations and past winners. Programme staff are also available to help with the implementation of projects, including guidance required during the planning and team training stages.


Successful applicants will:

1) Develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members;

2) Implement a focused, high-priority conservation project combining research and action;

3) Contribute to the long-term success of local conservation efforts; and

4) Contribute to the education and awareness of local stakeholders.

Applications will be accepted from teams initiating projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined below. These criteria are designed to ensure that projects build the skills of all team members involved, contribute to long-term sustainable conservation achievements, have clear focused research objectives and build vital links between local communities, conservationists, NGO and academic institutions and local governments. Applications are evaluated by CLP staff and partners, and experts from other external organizations.

Each Project MUST:

Be conceived and developed by the team members themselves.
Be at least three months, but no more than one year in length.
Take place in one of the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey or Venezuela.
Address a recognized global biodiversity conservation priority at the species or site level.
Be led by a national of the country where the project takes place; co-leadership with non-national team members is acceptable.
Demonstrate that all team members are at an early stage in a conservation career and will significantly develop personal skills and knowledge to advance conservation.
Have a minimum of three people on the team and 50% or more of the team members must be from the project country.
Have the award cover 50% or more of the total budget.
Demonstrate that the proposed research will go beyond the specific topic of thesis or dissertation research if any team member is pursuing a master's or PhD,
Click here to download the Future Conservationist Award Application Guidelines 2008_Future Conservationist Award.doc

Click here to download the Future Conservationist Award Application Form 2008_Future Conservationist Awards.doc

Award applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a member of the programme staff well before the application deadline for advice or input on your proposal. Staff members can help teams determine if their project fits within the specified criteria, offer advice on methods and project activities, and put teams in touch with local partner offices or other experts who can offer advice.

For examples of winning teams, details of the 2007 winners are available on the 'Latest award winners' page.

Please submit applications and enquiries by email to:

Next deadline: 23rd November 2007