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For the latest conservation news and  opportunities in Africa

This bulletin is designed to provide you with a one-stop shop for your career development needs by posting the most recent news, opportunities and announcements as they come in. In particular, it focuses on information ranging from available scholarships to details of conservation and biology- related jobs that may suit your qualifications. It supplements the TBA Funding database which details numerous funding sources for your project or research work. Alumni who wish to update their details with the TBA can fill in the updates form and send it to alumni-updates@tropical-biology.org.

If you have any contributions, we would be grateful if you sent them to alumni@tropical-biology.org

To easily access the news and opportunities please click on the quicklinks.


TBA deadlines and events

Capacity for Conservation online resource

TBA announces global Launch of new online resource, Capacityforconservation.org
A free resource enabling conservation organisations to develop their own organisational capacity and helping them better achieve their own conservation goals.


Tropical Conservation and Ecology Field Skills, Mauritius: 6th - 15th Oct 2014

Applications are invited for this field-based training course designed specifically for graduate students looking to gain their first foot-hold in a wildlife conservation career. Click here for more details.

Closing date: Unspecified


2014 TBA Courses:

Applications for the 2014 TBA field courses are now closed. Below is the courses schedule:

  • 27 June – 27 July 2014: TBA 14/1; Kibale Forest, Uganda
  • 6 August – 5 September 2014: TBA 14/2; Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania
  • 14 November – 14 December 2014: TBA 14/3; Kirindy Forest, Madagascar

More information on the TBA courses is available here.


TBA Newsletter- The latest newsletter is available here.


Short Courses

NFP Short Courses Scholarships

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers the opportunity to apply for scholarships for various training courses. See details of available courses and fellowships.

Applications closed


The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) Short courses

Programme will provide two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities: "Modern Taxonomy theoretical course programme" and "Expert-in-training programme 2012-2013". For more information, visit DEST website.

Closing date: Various


WFI International Fellowship Program

Applications are invited from young forestry and forest products professionals with a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of forestry, natural resources, or related areas. Partial scholarships are available.Find more details here.

Closing date: Applications are accepted all year round


The Coastal Academy, Madagascar

Applications are invited for the two courses offered: Tropical Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Management; and Tropical Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring Methods. Visit website for more information and to apply.

Closing Date: Unspecified


Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS-) Global Scholarship Program

Partial grants are available for scholars to attend 2 Conservation GIS conferences, Esri and SCGIS, and join in a very tight-knit community of comrades in specialized 2-week training courses before these conferences. Download application form. More details here.

Applications closed


Graduate/ Professional courses: Smithsonian- Mason Global Conservation Studies Programme, USA

A few EFN fellowships are available for undergraduates, graduates or professionals to participate in a variety of training and capacity building programs, specifically targeting individuals and institutions from developing countries and underserved communities. See courses list. For more information, visit website.

Closing dates: Various


Monitoring and Communicating Biodiversity 20th– 30th August 2014

Applications are invited for the 7th Darwin Scholarship Programme from young scientists around the world, working for a non-governmental organisation, government department or in a Biology or Ecology faculty at University. Details.

Applications closed


Managing Natural Resources Course 2014: African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST)

Applications are invited from practitioners working on the monitoring of natural resource management and activism for the better management of natural resources from both the state and non-state sectors for the course to be held in Addis Ababa. Details.

Applications closed.


Netherlands Fellowship Programme for short courses

Applications are invited for these masters and PhD short courses from professionals living in NFP countries in various fields of study at Dutch Universities and institutions leading to masters and PhD. For more details click here.


Ecosystem approach to fisheries short course: 22 Sep 2014 - 10th Oct 2014, Wageningen UR centre for Development Innovation

Applications are invited from staff from both government and NGO working in fisheries management, research, higher education, training and fisheries development for this short course. Details.

Applications closed.


Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Training: 9th –27th March 2015, Sweden

Applications are invited from the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia for this programme designed for persons participating in reform processes on different levels and hold a position in their home organization. Download brochure and application form.

Closing date: 15th October 2015


Competing Claims on Natural Resources Course, Wageningen UR Center for Development 2nd-13th March 2015

Candidates with relevant tertiary education, at least five years of working experience in the NRM sector are invited to send their applications for this course that aims at building capacity for sustainable resources management. Details.

Closing date: 21st October 2014


Yale world fellows programme

Professionals from various sectors who are between five and twenty, years into their careers, with demonstrated work accomplishments, and a clear indication of future contributions and excellence are invited to apply for this programme. Details.

Closing date: 3rd December 2014


Conferences, Workshops and Symposium

African Mountains Regional Forum 22nd - 24th October 2014, Arusha, Tanzania

Participants from African government institutions, academia, civil society and private sector are invited to submit abstracts for the forum. More details.

Applications closed.


Project Development, Proposal Writing and Fundraising Workshop 27th – 31st October, 2014 Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Applications are invited from nationals of Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, early in their career with little fundraising experience to date for this training by Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI). Details.

Applications closed.


UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Youth Conference 7th November 2014 Okayama City, Japan

Youth leaders from around the world with success stories and innovative initiatives are invited to this conference where they will be able to exchange ideas and experience with peers and will be involved in developing recommendations for the World Conference. Details.

Applications closed..


African Congress on Conservation Capacity, February 2015

ERT Conservation is an independent group of conservation scientists, working at local, national and international scales undertaking a broad spectrum of ecological research to guide and evaluate conservation action and supporting organizations in building their capacity through training and education initiatives. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


16th Student Conference on Conservation Science 24th - 26th March 2015

Applications are invited for this international conference that helps young conservation scientists gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts that will be valuable for their future careers. Details.

Closing date: 24th October 2014


ZSL Symposium- Turning the tide on mangrove loss

This symposium will bring together a range of stakeholders from the mangrove community, including academic experts, conservation NGO representatives and policy makers, to focus their attention on improving conservation success and influencing policy. Click here for registration details.

Closing date: 29th October 2014


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Cross-cutting News

Climate change

Birdlife Africa Climate Exchange- website about climate change and its impacts on biodiversity in Africa.

Royal Forestry Society- has commissioned a series of 9 free to download, one-page Climate Change Fact Sheets about trees and the role they play in modifying the global climate as part of the celebration of the 2011 United Nations' International Year of Forests.

Conservation Blogs

Wildlife Direct- News and information on saving endangered animals in Africa, Asia and South America.

Convention on Biological Diversity- Useful headline news, current information and events concerning Biological diversity.

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Scientific resources

Open access online journals

The following journals provide free online papers as well as some opportunities for you to publish peer reviewed work.

Eldis- Provides free access to a wide range of climate change research and policy resources among a large collection of editorially-selected and summarised full-text, online documents from over 7500 publishers.

NeoBiota- offers numerous innovative ways to publish and disseminate information on processes of biological invasions and consequences of alien species.

African Journal of Plant Science- Publishes peer-reviewed high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in all areas of plant science research.

Aluka- A digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa affiliated with JSTOR. Offered free to non profit institutions and individuals in Africa.

Applied Ecology and Environmental Research Journal- Reviews and publishes original research papers and articles of international interest.

Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society- Provides some free to download articles on plant science

Cambodian Journal of Natural History- Free to download journal, publishes original work on all aspects of Cambodian natural history

International Journal of Zoology- Provides a rapid forum for the dissemination of original research articles as well as original review articles in all areas of zoology.

Journal of Ecology and Natural Environment- Published monthly by Academic Journals.

Journal of Horticulture and Forestry- Provides access and rapid monthly publication of articles in all areas of the subject.

Journal of Parasitology and Vector Biology- Publishes high quality peer reviewed articles in English, in all areas of the subject.

Koedoe- Promotes and contributes to the scientific and environmental conservation practices of Africa, by publishing content defining the key practices that will ensure biological diversity in Africa.

The Journal of Medicinal Plant Research- Provides rapid monthly publication of articles in all areas of research in Medicinal Plants.

Madagascar Conservation & Development Journal- Published by the Madagascar Wildlife Conservation and the Jane Goodall Institute, the journal covers work from the Madagascar region.

Open Biology- Publishes original, high quality research in cell and developmental biology, molecular and structural biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, immunology, microbiology and genetics.

Oryx- The International Journal of Conservation- Provides links to free software tools for analysis and writing, guidance on submitting an article for the peer review, and ways in which readers in developing countries can access the journal for free.

Public Library of Science- Provides free access journal articles.

The Royal Society Publishing- Most downloaded and cited articles and; Digital Journal Archive that dates back to 1665 and contains over 60,000 articles are free to access

Science Journal Publications- Publishes all areas of scientific research. Submission of manuscripts are welcome via E-mail attachment

Scopus- Contains a large abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It is sold at an annual subscription fee to institutions.

Society for Conservation Biology- SCB publishes Conservation Biology, Conservation in Practice and Biological Conservation journals with free access for members in developing countries.

Standard Scientific Research and Essays- A multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published monthly and dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines.

Journal of pollination ecology- Provides a forum to disseminate new ideas, novel research and manuscripts.

Open Conservation Biology Journal- Publishes original research articles, letters and review articles in all areas of conservation biology and biodiversity.

Open Ecology Journal- publishes original research articles, letters and review articles in all areas of conservation biology and biodiversity.

Directory of Open Access Journals- Lists different Journals by subject areas.

WorldWideScience.org- provides a free federated search of national and international scientific databases, portals and other open access materials.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL)- A collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.

INASP – Provides both open access and subscription-based journals indexed by country to registered users.

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)- Provides institutional access to numerous international journals in agriculture, fisheries and related biological and environmental sciences.

Online Access to Research in Environment (OARE)- Provides institutional access to multiple scientific journals in a wide range of disciplines e.g. environmental toxicology and pollution, zoology, botany and ecology.


Online books/ publications and other resources

'Climate-Smart' Agriculture Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation- A publication of FAO is a resource of importance to those in the Climate field.

Conservation Biology for All- A free to download book edited by Dr. Navjot Sodhi of the National University of Singapore, published by Oxford University Press. Contains chapters with cutting-edge conservation knowledge written by the top names in conservation biology.

Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation- Contains a systematic review on the use of development as a conservation tool.

GOFC-GOLD REDD sourcebook- Contains methods and procedures for monitoring, measuring and reporting on REDD

Gratis books scheme- Provides free ecology and conservation books to individuals


Research registries and ideas

Conservation Maven- Contains new conservation studies, spotlights new books and field news.

The Encyclopedia of the Earth- A free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.

INFOWETLAND- A bulletin published in Spanish and English every three months for those interested in wetlands subject.

Mongabay.com- One of the world's most popular environmental science and conservation news sites. Has up to the minute conservation articles.


Species Red lists

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species- Updated annually

National Red Lists- A new focal point for national red lists and action plans. This worldwide red list is not part of the IUCN Red List of threatened species

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Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Australia Awards Fellowships 2014

Applications are invited for these Fellowships that aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and links between Australian organisations and their partner organisations in developing countries. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


Graduate research opportunities in climate change: World Agroforestry Cenre

Applications are invited from graduate research students in the following areas: Vulnerability assessment; Climate risk reduction through agroforestry; Climate governance and finance; GHG flux measurement and modeling; Mitigation potentials; and Remote sensing of poverty indicators (PhD). Details here.

Closing date: Unspecified


Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers

Applications are invited for these fellowship opportunities from researchers from developing countries that allow you to carry out a long-term research project (6−24 months) at a research institution in Germany. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


Swedish Institute Masters Scholarships

Full scholarships are available to qualified applicants to study at a Swedish university. For a list of available SI scholarships, visit website.

Closing date: Same as application deadline for programme applied for.


Global Development Awards and Medals Competition

Applications are invited for these annual awards to recognize excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world. Details.

Closing date: Various


World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Fellowships

Applications are invited for these PhD and postdoctoral fellowships in various fields. For more information on how to apply click here.

Closing date: Varies with the programme


LEAD Fellowship Programme

Programme aims to equip outstanding leaders from around the world with skills for sustainable decision making through world class training and by offering a worldwide network of peers as resources to help address sustainability challenges at local, regional, and global levels. More details here.

Closing date: Unspecified


National Centre for Future Forest Industries (NCFFI) PhD Projects and Scholarships

High quality international applicants are invited to apply for scholarships for various exciting projects. For more information click here.

Closing date: Unspecified


50th Anniversary Research Scholarships: University of Kent

Candidates with a good honours or a master's degree in relevant subjects are invited to apply for the 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually from 2012. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. For more information visit website. For enquiries contact the Scholarships Unit.


Graduate Scholarships: Australian National University

Scholarships focus on Masters level studies in the areas of Environmental Management and Development and Climate Change. Click here for more information.


Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through one of ICRAF's five Regional Coordinators or six Global Research Project Leaders identified in the application form. Applications can also be made via email: icrafhru@cgiar.org.

Applications are considered throughout the year.


PhD position (pollination) at the University of Calgary, Canada

Applications are invited for this PhD position from applicants with a master’s degree (involving a research component) in ecology, entomology or a related discipline, or with related post-BSc experience for a funded PhD position in pollination Biology and pollinator management in canola crop systems. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Developing Countries

Applications for scholarships are invited from students of developing countries who are interested in following training and master’s programme in Belgium. For more details click here.

Closing date: 1st February ; 30th November (Training about the Great Lakes)


NTNU PhD Fellowships in Natural Sciences and Technology, Norway

Available PhD and Post doc positions are awarded on a competitive basis. The fellowships are open to applicants in all areas of research covered by the faculty. Further information is available at Website.


International Tropical Forestry MSc Scholarships, Germany

Applications are invited for an MSc programme that aims to export German expertise on effective and sustainable forest management, to communicate with international institutions, and to train international students. For more information click here.

Closing date: 15th March; 15th October


World Scholars Program: University of Sydney

Up to 20 highly competitive, full tuition fee scholarships are available for international students to undertake PhD in any discipline. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of research potential and academic merit. More details here.

Closing dates: 31st July; 31st December each year


University of West England Masters scholarships

Applications are invited for various masters scholarships being offered at the University of West England for international students. Details.

Closing date: Various


PhD Position in Marine Ecology, University Stockholm, Sweden

The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences University of Stockholm is inviting applications for the position based within a dynamic and active group working on current topics in aquatic ecology. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


PhD Scholarships in Animal Breeding and Genetics

The European Graduate School in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EGS-ABG) is offering a European programme shaped to train animal breeders to meet the challenges presented by the increasing demand of food while reducing the impacts on environment and biodiversity. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


Aberystwyth University Post Graduate Scholarships

Various Masters and PhD scholarship opportunities are available for international students in biological sciences. For more information click here.

Closing date: Various


Central European University Graduate Scholarships in Environmental Sciences and Policy, 2015-2016

International students are invited to apply for pursuing masters’ and doctoral programmes that aim to develop innovative solutions for environmental and environment-related problems. For more details click here.

Closing date: Unspecified


King’s College London MSc Water Governance and Science

Applications are invited for this one year taught programme that provides a unique opportunity to engage in both social and environmental science perspectives on water. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified.


Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Scholarships

The programs integrate education and research to prepare graduate students to be innovators, creative scientists and critical thinkers and are offered for various courses. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


Rhodes University MSc/PhD Opportunities in Freshwater Crab Phylogeography, Ecophysiology and Parasitology

MSc and PhD opportunities are available to applicants with a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an interest in fresh water crabs and should be self-motivated, driven and outcomes-orientated. For more information click here.

Closing date: Unspecified


CV Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers

Applications are invited from African researchers for these opportunities to conduct collaborative research / training for 1-6 months duration at universities and research institutions in India. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


MSc and PhD Positions on Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Two positions are available on Pharmacogenomics implications of traditionally (or nutritionally) used herbal compounds. Details.

Closing date: Until a suitable candidate is found


TWAS PhD, Postdoctoral, and Visiting Scholar Fellowships

Applications are invited for these opportunities. For more details click here.

Closing date: Various


The Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture Scholarships 2014

Five principal and five additional scholarships are awarded for ten regular Training Programs in agricultural sciences. For more information click here.

Closing date: Various


Darwin Initiative Fellowship Awards 2015

Citizens of developing countries working in biodiversity or related fields are invited to apply for this programme that provides funding for them to come to the UK for a period of training or research. Details.

Closing date: 27th October 2014


Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships 2015

Applications are invited for these programmes where fellows will work with a mentor at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service or a U.S. university for up to 12 weeks on climate change mitigation research. Details.

Closing date: 31st October 2014


VLIR-UOS Masters Scholarships 2014

The scholarships are awarded to African students to pursue studies that focus on specific problems of developing countries and/or are relevant to developing countries at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium. For more information click here.

Closing date: November 2014


PhD Research in Agricultural Development at European Universities, AGTRAIN 2015

Applications are invited for this fully integrated three-year Ph.D. Programme with focus on agricultural development. For more information click here.

Closing date: 1st November 2014


UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarships 2015-2016

Applications are invited for this programme that provides full or partial funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year master’s degree, in any subject at any UK university. Details.

Closing date: 15th November 2014


Land and Food Fellowships for Africans 2015-2016, Royal Agricultural College

African students with experience in agriculture and related subjects are invited to apply for 10 fellowships available to pursue MSc in international rural development, and MSc in sustainable agriculture and food security. Details.

Closing date: 30th November 2014


Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD) Post-Graduate Studies in Germany

Scholarships are available to pursue master's degree or a PhD or do a post-doctoral research project (2-6 months for established university lecturers) at German universities. Details.

Closing date: 30th November 2014


Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future fellowships 2014

Women from developing and emerging economies wishing to pursue PhDs or post-doctorate degrees at top universities abroad are invited to apply for this programme that aims to increase the number of women pursuing academic careers in scientific disciplines. Details.

Closing date: Applications open in September 2014


AAUW International Women Fellowships

Applications are invited from non US citizens for one year graduate/postgraduate study in the United States. Details.

Closing date: 1st December 2014


Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP)

The fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. Details.

Closing date: 2nd December 2014


Commonwealth Scholarships 2015

Applications are invited from citizens of developing commonwealth countries for these scholarships to pursue masters and PhD studies at UK universities. Details.

Closing date: 3rd December 2014


Australia Awards for Africa 2015

Applications are invited from Africans for opportunities to pursue masters scholarships or fellowships in various fields of study. Details.

Closing date: 12th December 2014


Institute for advanced studies on science, technology and society (ias-sts) Fellowships 2015-2016

Applications are invited for this annual programme that promotes interdisciplinary research on interactions among science, technology and society. Details.

Closing date: 31st December 2014



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Jobs, volunteerships and internships

Program Officer, Climate Change & Land Use, Conservation and Science Program: Packard, USA

Graduates with a 5-10 year international experience in agriculture, biofuels, and climate mitigation are encouraged to apply for this position. For more information click here.

Closing date: Until a suitable applicant is found.


Postdoc in Biodiversity Conservation of Southern Africa Deserts: University of Porto, Portugal

Position seeks a candidate with a PhD in biology and a solid research background in the interface between phylogeography and conservation biology, particularly of Southern Africa deserts. Click here for more details.

Closing Date: Until a suitable candidate is found


Postdoctoral Fellow: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Tanzania

A qualified candidate with a PhD in Crop Agronomy or related disciplines is sought to help develop and oversee the adoption of sustainable crop management systems for rice cultivation in East and Southern Africa. More details here.

Closing date: Until position is filled


French-speaking consultant

Applications are invited by C4 EcoSolutions (Cape Town) for a French-speaking researcher, data analyst and report-writer. Qualified candidates are called upon to send their applications. For more information click here.

Closing date: Until the position is filled


Assistant Coordinator, Ecosystem Management: Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan

Position seeks a person with a university degree or an equivalent demonstrated knowledge in at least one subject related to environmentally sustainable development to assist in the implementation of the Abidjan Convention. Click here for more details.

Closing date: Until position is filled


Envirofit International, Managing Director Job

Envirofit is seeking a Managing Director to oversee and grow its operations, sales and business development within the East Africa region a position based in Nairobi. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


Senior Scientist, Forest Ecology and Forest Management: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Position will work primarily on the ecological basis of tropical forest management for the production of multiple goods and services at various spatial scales and will also generate new knowledge aimed at promoting conservation through sustainable use of forest resources and forest biodiversity. More details here.

Closing date: Unspecified


Senior Programme Officer (AD786), United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

UNEP-WCMC are looking for a highly motivated and technically experienced Senior Programme Officer to join their Science programme. For more information click here.

Closing date: Unspecified


Internship opportunity: UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch, Nairobi

Applications are invited from currently enrolled university students, in a third or fourth year of under-graduate (BA/BSc.) or in a graduate (Masters) or post-graduate (PhD) programme, for 3-6 months. Click here for details.

Closing date: Unspecified


Community-based climate change and ecosystem services opportunity in Kenya

This is an exciting internship opportunity to lead a study of how the community is adapting and coping with climate change for conserving ecosystem services and give recommendations. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified.


Internships: Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Offers exciting learning opportunities on a wide range of projects relating to conservation biology including current topics in conservation, research, communication skills and management and administration of conservation programs. More details here.


Internship Announcement United Nations University

Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Communications Sciences, Journalism, or related fields are invited to send their applications for this position. Details.

Closing date: Rolling


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Vacancies

ILRI is currently recruiting for the following positions: Research Technician, Database Specialist-BecA, Postdoctoral Fellow – Participatory Action Research, Development Partnerships Specialist. Details.

Closing date: Various


Centre for International Forestry Research Vacancies

Applications are invited from qualified candidates for various exciting opportunities to work with an international organization. For more details on how to apply click here.

Closing date: Various


Research Assistant in entomology and analysis of food samples of bats project, Kenya

The study which will involve trapping bats in and around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and will provide an opportunity for the MSc. student to sample bats for external parasites. Details.

Closing date: Unspecified


Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (Spanish Council for Scientific Research) Openings

Two pre-doc or post doc opportunities are available for candidates to join a project on long term carbon accumulation phenomenon in sea grass sediments. For details on how to apply click here.

Closing date: 17th October 2014


World Bank Junior Professionals Program 2014

This is a two-year employment opportunity, for highly qualified people of Sub-Saharan African descent who wish to develop a career with world’s leading international development organization. For more information click here.

Closing date: October


Species and Sites Programme Manager Vacancy, Nature Kenya

Persons with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management or related field are invited to apply for this position that develops and implements an effective programme of conservation action for priority species, sites and habitats. Details.

Closing date: 3rd November 2014


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Grants and Project funding

Civil Society Responsive Grants: Commonwealth Foundation

Grants are designed to promote international or intercultural exchange, co-operation and sharing of skills, knowledge and ideas between people from developing Commonwealth countries. Grants are given for participation in activities such as training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, cultural festivals, exchanges and study visits. View website for more details.

Closing dates: 30th March, 30th June, 30th September, 31st December


Education For Nature’s Professional Development Grants (PDGs)

Mid-career conservationists are called upon to apply for these grants to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills through short courses, workshops, symposiums, conferences (if presenting), and professional exchanges. Details.

Closing date: Applications accepted through out the year


Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust (Mountbatten Memorial Grants)

Financial support is provided to final year students from overseas Commonwealth countries who have encountered unforeseen financial difficulties whether at postgraduate or professional qualification level. Maximum amount awarded is £500. Details.

Applications accepted throughout the year


Grants for arboriculture and urban forestry: Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund

Grant programme provides support for research and technology transfer projects on root and soil management, plant health care, risk assessment and worker safety, propagation, planting and establishment and urban forestry. See details here.


ANSTI Conference Grants

A maximum of $2,500 are awarded to academic staff of African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) member institutions to attend international meetings where they will present papers. For more details visit website.

Applications are received on a continuous basis


Young Scientists for Rainforests awards: the Conservation Foundation

Grants of about £1,000 are available for ethno-medical and ethno-botanical research in rainforests anywhere in the world. For more details visit website.

Applications accepted throughout the year.


Panthera Grants

Panthera is inviting applications for Kaplan Graduate Awards , Jaguar Research Grants , Small Cat Action Fund that support promising field conservationist and cultivate a new generation of practitioners dedicated to wild cat conservation.

Closing date: Various


The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) Grants

SOSF is offering a series of Grants dedicated to research, conservation and/or education projects worldwide whose areas of focus should be charismatic marine megafauna, and particularly Sharks, Rays and Skates. See details here.

Closing date: Various


Wildlife Without Borders Conservation Fund: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Grants are available for applied research, training, conservation management, community outreach, law enforcement, decreased human-wildlife conflicts, and other activities for the conservation of selected wildlife species. To apply, see more details here.

Closing date: Various


Safari Club International Foundation Small Grants

Grants are available for carrying out wildlife conservation and research in Africa, Asia, and North America. Click here for more details.

Closing date: All year round


Australia-Africa Community Grants

Funding is open to NGOs for community-based projects that promote sustainable economic and social development. Thematic areas include agriculture and food security, environmental awareness, and conservation of natural resources. Click here for details.

Applications accepted throughout the year


Rapid Response Facility small grants

Applications are invited for rapid support to UNESCO designated natural World Heritage Sites, and tentative sites facing emergency threats to their biodiversity. For application details visit the RRF website.

Applications received on a rolling-basis


UK Natural Environment Research Council

Proposals are invited for this major new research programme on Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor in sub-Saharan Africa funded by DFID, NERC and in principle ESRC. For more details click here.

Closing date: Unspecified


UK Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

CEPR through its joint research initiative Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL). PEDL is calling for proposals which address cross-cutting issues such as climate, environment, and social compliance. Click here for more details.

Closing date: Various


Young Explorers Grants Program for Young Scientists: National Geographic

Are available for individuals ages 18 to 25 to help them fund projects in the fields of science, conservation and environmental studies. For information on how to apply, visit website.


Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation (RSGs)

RSG's generally support projects of about a year's duration and are available to individuals and small groups yearly. Applications from non-first world areas are strongly encouraged. Further details.

Applications can be made at any time of the year


Funding Opportunities for Small Scale Initiatives: French GEF

Programme is designed to support civil society organisations in Africa which are actively working on biodiversity protection and climate change action to undertake field projects in West and Central Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique. See more details here.

Closing date: Applications accepted on a rolling basis


Horizon 2020 Project Funding

Project proposals are invited from various countries that promise more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. For more details on how to apply click here.

Closing date: Unspecified


CEPF EAM - Calls for Proposals

Three calls are open for proposals for small grants and large grants. Click http://www.birdlife.org/projects/cepf-eam-calls-proposals for more details.

Closing date: Various


Rapid Ocean Conservation Grant Program

Applications are invited for these grants of upto 10,000 USD for projects that support sustainable fishing. Details.

Closing date: Rolling


World Wildlife Fund U.S. Grants for Conservation Workshops

WWF is inviting applications from organizations for these grants that support training workshops that aim to build capacity of communities, stakeholders, park guards, and others on local and regional conservation issues in selected African countries. For more details click here.

Closing date: 1st December 2013; 1st February 2014


TWAS Grants for Scientific Meetings held in Developing Countries

The grants are offered for the organization of high level international and regional scientific activities including: conferences, workshops, symposia and special meetings in the fields of natural sciences. Details.

Closing date: 1st June 2014, 1st December 2014


Darwin Initiative Scoping Projects

Applications are invited from organizations that are new to the initiative for the small grants intended to help develop a workable project idea and make contact with potential partners in the country where the project would take place. Details.

Closing date: 27th October 2014


Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Grants of up to US$25 thousand are offered to individuals, communities, and organizations for the conservation of animal, plant, and fungi species worldwide. For more information on how to apply click here.

Closing date: 30th October 2014


African Bird Club Fund

The programme supports small to medium sized conservation projects through conservation fund and large and ambitious projects through expedition awards. For more information click here.

Closing date: 31st October 2014


Chester Zoo Conservation and Research Grants

The scheme supports small conservation projects including species monitoring, habitat protection, training and education, to conserve threatened species worldwide. For more information click here.

Closing date: 31st October 2014


First Peoples Worldwide Keepers of the Earth Fund

The fund support locally-initiated development projects in Indigenous communities around the world and they range from US$500 to US$20,000. For more information click here.

Closing date: 31st October 2014


UNESCO-MAB Young Scientists Awards

Awards of up to US$ 5,000 are available to 10 young researchers in support of their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. Details.

Closing date: 31st October 2014


WWF Conservation Workshop Grants

Organizations with an established presence in an eligible country are invited to apply for grants of upto $7,500 to train communities, stakeholders, park guards, and others on local and regional conservation issues. Details.

Closing date: 1st November 2014, 1st February 2015


Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship Grants

Applications are invited from female citizens of developing countries preparing for PhD studies. Deatils.

Closing date: 7th November 2014


African Union, Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards 2014

The award honors outstanding African scientists in the fields of agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, and energy innovation at the continental level. For more information click here.

Closing date: 15th November 2014


SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Grants

Grants ranging from US$5 thousand to US$25 thousand are available for wildlife conservation, research, and education. Details.

Closing date: 1st December 2014


Waterloo Foundation Environment Fund

The fund supports projects to manage and conserve tropical forests and marine resources and applications are invited from UK charities in partnerships with local organizations in the developing world, and from non-UK organizations that can provide suitable references in the UK. Details.

Closing date: 1st December 2014



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Other useful links to conservation news and opportunities

The TBA funding database has information on funding and grant opportunities. Useful website for finding job vacancies, scholarships and funding opportunities in Africa include:

The European Tropical Forest Research Network

The Primate Info website

The African Conservation Foundation

Advance Africa- Website with a wide range of jobs, undergraduate, Masters and PhD scholarship opportunities

Birdlife African Partnership quarterly Newsletter- Posts news and opportunities on conservation.

Earthworks- Contains a listing of conservation and biology related jobs and scholarships

Global Taxonomy Initiative- Contains links to funding and opportunities for taxonomic and biodiversity-related activities.

Science in Africa- An online magazine that offers information on research grant opportunities in science research.

Sustainability Degrees Guide -Provides information on scholarship opportunities as well as funding and grants as well as other useful tips for sustainability students.


Acknowledgement of Contributors

Some of the opportunities posted were sent in by: Evariste Rutebuka, Charles kilawe, John Abraham, Josephine Nzilani Kith, Henintsoa Rabemananjara, George Eshiamwata, Akwany Leonard, Patience Mayaki, T. Thenya, Carolyn Gibson and Simon Akwetaireho.


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