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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. In particular, it focuses on information ranging from available scholarships to details of conservation and biology- related jobs that may suit your qualifications. If you have any contributions to the bulletin board, send them to

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TBA deadlines and events

Programme Manager vacancy, Tropical Biology Association

TBA is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our Corporate Partnerships Programme as the Programme Manager. The candidate should have a proven track record in programme management with a real aptitude and interest in working with businesses to influence their environmental sustainability agendas.

Closing date: 18th May 2015

2015 TAAG African Student Conference, Ghana: 9th-12th June 2015

The conference is hosted by the TBA Ghana Alumni Group and will bring together students, conservation professionals and practitioners and researchers from Africa and beyond to discuss biodiversity conservation challenges and solutions for Africa.The conference will be held at the University of Ghana. The theme of the conference is: “Conserving biological diversity for a sustainable future: the African challenge”. For moredetails on the conference click here.

Come Share, Learn and Network

Capacity for Conservation online resource

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

2015 TBA Courses:

Applications for the 2015 TBA field courses are now CLOSED. Below is the course schedule:

  • 26th June – 26th July 2015: TBA 15/1: Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania
  • 5th August – 4th September 2015: TBA 15/2: Kibale Forest, Uganda
  • 14th November – 14th December 2015: TBA 15/3: Kirindy Forest, Madagascar

TBA Newsletter- The latest newsletter is available here.

Short Courses

DANTA Tropical Biology Field Courses

Closing date: 15th May 2015

Professional Training Courses 2015, Wageningen UR Center for Development Innovation

Closing date: 21st July 2015

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) Short courses

Closing date: Various

World Forestry Institute International Fellowship Program

Applications are accepted all year round

The Coastal Academy, Madagascar

Closing Date: Unspecified

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Programme

Closing dates: Various

Netherlands Fellowship Programme for short courses

Closing dates: Various

Conferences, Workshops and Symposium

Call for abstracts: Pathways Kenya Conference - Integrating Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management

Closing date: 1st May 2015

Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) – Bengaluru, 8th to 11th September 2015

Closing date: 31st May 2015

TropiLakes 2015 Conference, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 23rd-29th September 2015

Closing date: 31st May 2015


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Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowships 2015

Closing date: 28th April 2015

UNU-INRA Visiting Scholars - Climate Change, Agricultural Trade and Food Security Project

Closing date: 30th April 2015

Visiting Scholars Program 2015-2016 United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

Closing date: 30th April 2015

Young Affiliates' Program, African Academy of Sciences (AAS)

Deadline: 30 April 2015

OFID Scholarship Award for Developing Countries Students, 2015-16

Closing date: 8th May 2015

Charles Darwin University International Scholarships in various subjects

Closing date: 15th May 2015

Distance Learning for Masters Courses in the UK 2015, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Closing date: 15th May 2015

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for fisheries, forestry, and Environment

Closing date: 18th May 2015

UNESCO/ISEDC Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme in Sustainable Energy Development 2015

Closing date: 22nd May 2015

Professional Exchanges and Dissemination Activities Related to Climate Change

Closing date: 27th May 2015

Masters and PhD Scholarships, Nanjing University of Science and Technology

Closing date: 30th May 2015

Postgraduate Fellowship Announcement for 2015/2016, ANSTI/DAAD

Closing date: 31st May 2015

Postgraduate Training Fellowships, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
Closing date: 31st May 2015
Swansea Scholarships for Nigeria and Ghana

Closing date: 6th July 2015

World Scholars Program: University of Sydney

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

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, 2016/17

Closing date: 3rd August 2015

University of New South Wales International Research Candidate Scholarships

Closing date: 24th August 2015

International Tropical Forestry MSc Scholarships, Germany

Closing date: 15th October 2015

Biodiversity and Collection Management Masters course, Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau

Closing date: Unspecified

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, 2015

Closing date: Various

Development Scholarships 2016, New Zealand Aid Program

Closing date: Various

Graduate research opportunities in climate change: World Agroforestry Centre

Closing date: Unspecified

Master's Course in Environmental Science, Policy and Management Scholarships (MESPOM)

Closing date: Unspecified

NTNU PhD Fellowships in Natural Sciences and Technology, Norway

Closing date: Unspecified

TWAS PhD, Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Fellowships

Closing date: Various

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Grants and Project funding

Sixth Call for Proposals on tree crops, timber, bamboo, Common Fund for commodities

Closing date: 30th April 2015

Grants for Environment, Lawrence Foundation

Closing date: 30th April 2015

Grants for Wildlife Conservation, Research, and Education, Conservation Fund

Closing date: 30th April 2015

Sixth Call for Proposals on tree crops, timber, bamboo, Common Fund for commodities

Closing date: 30th April 2015

Congo Basin Grant Program in the areas of biodiversity, conservation, and environmental sustainability, Conservation Action Research Network

Closing date: 1st May 2015

Conservation Grant Fund, Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo

Closing date: 1st May 2015

Grants for Conservation Workshops in 2015, World Wildlife Fund U.S.

Closing date: 1st May 2015

Funding Opportunities for Women in the Congo Basin, WWF U.S

Closing date: 1st May 2015; 1st August 2015

Seed Grants 2015, Amphibian Ark

Closing date: 1st May 2015

ARCOS Network Grants for Biodiversity Conservation projects in Africa

Closing date: 15th May 2015

Environment Fund for conservation of Tropical Rainforests, Waterloo Foundation

Closing date: 1st June 2015

International Climate Initiative 2016, German Government

Closing date: 1st June 2015

International Wildlife Conservation grants, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Closing date: 1st June 2015

Research Grants 2015, World Academy of Sciences

Closing date: 1st June 2015

Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund 2015 for threatened wildlife and habitats

Closing date: 1st June 2015

The Center for Tropical Forest Science-ForestGEO Research Grants Program

Closing date: 15th June 2015

Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) small grants, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Closing date: 30th June 2015

RUFORUM Impact Research and Science in Africa (IMPRESSA) Award, 2015

Closing date: 30th June 2015

Funding for Women Conservationists in the Congo Basin 2015, World Wildlife Fund U.S.

Closing date: 1st August 2015

Grants for Conservation Workshops for communities, stakeholders, park guards in 2015, World Wildlife Fund U.S.

Closing date: 1st August 2015

Conservation Project Grant Application – 2016, International Elephant Foundation

Closing date: 14th August 2015

Conservation in the Developing World, Prince Bernhard Nature Fund

Closing date: 1st September 2015

Environment Fund for Marine Resources, Waterloo Foundation

Closing date: 1st September 2015

Grants for Primate Research, Primate Conservation Inc.

Closing date: 20th September 2015

ANSTI Conference Grants

Applications accepted throughout the year

Australia-Africa Community Grants

Applications accepted throughout the year

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund - Call for Letters of Inquiry

Closing date: Various

National Geographic Young Explorers Grants

Applications accepted throughout the year

Panthera Grants and Prizes

Closing date: Various

Rapid Ocean Conservation Grant Program

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Rapid Response Facility Small Grants

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation

Applications accepted throughout the year

Safari Club International Foundation Small Grants

Applications accepted throughout the year

Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust: Mountbatten Memorial Grants

Applications accepted throughout the year

The Save Our Seas Foundation Grants

Closing date: Various

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

Closing date: Various

WWF Education for Nature Professional Develoment Grants

Applications accepted throughout the year

Young Scientists for Rainforests Awards

Applications accepted throughout the year

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Jobs, volunteerships and internships

Graduate Research Assistant Internship (Agronomist/ Soil Scientist) - African Technology Policy Studies Network

Open until filled

Coastal Seabirds Project Manager - Birdlife South Africa

Closing date: 30th April 2015

PhD Internships 2015-2016, United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

Closing date: 31st May 2015

Intern - Communications and Advocacy: United Nations University

Closing date: Rolling

Cross-cutting News

Climate change

Birdlife Africa Climate Exchange- information on climate change, mitigation and adaptation in Africa

Royal Forestry Society - provides learning resources on trees, woods and forests

Conservation Blogs

Convention on Biological Diversity- Useful headline news and events concerning Biological diversity

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Eldis- Provides free access to a wide range of development policy, practice and research resources

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

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 all areas of the subject

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oryx- The International Journal of Conservation- Provides links to free software tools for analysis and writing, guidance on submitting an article for peer review

Public Library of Science- Provides free access journal articles

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

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- 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

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

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

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

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. One of the world's most popular environmental science and conservation news site, with 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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Other useful links to conservation news and opportunities

The TBA funding database
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

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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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