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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


TBA deadlines and events

2014 TBA Small Grants for alumni groups: Call for applications

Applications for grants are invited from members of TBA alumni groups who have identified priority projects they wish to carry out. Projects must be designed to solve a specific conservation or research problem and show impact. Click here for more details.

Closing date: 30th May 2014 (concepts); 30th July 2014 (Full Proposals).


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

Click to download posters for African and European applicants. 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 is open to participants from Europe and outside of Europe and 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 2012: 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


TED Fellows Program

Applications are invited from young fellows representing all fields including environment, biodiversity, energy, and agriculture and food supply. Click here for more details.

Closing date: 28th March 2014


Wageningen University, Training Program on Genetic Resources: April 2014, Netherlands

Applications are invited for the course “Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use” which will support policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in the national context. For more information click here.

Applications closed


Applied Conservation Genetics 1 – 5 July 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

Applications are invited for this course aimed at conservation professionals and post-graduate students. For more information contact Dr Paul Grobler groblerjp@ufs.ac.za

Closing date: unspecified


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


Kinship Conservation Fellows Programme, 2014

Applications are invited for kinship’s one month long in-residence training that emphasizes on market solutions to environmental problems from conservation leaders with five years experience. For more information click here.

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.


Conservation Management Training Programme: African Wildlife Foundation

Applications are invited from talented recent Master’s degree graduates for the opportunity to launch their careers in African conservation. See programme description and download application form here.

Closing date: 30th April 2014


Governance of landscapes, forests and people short course: Wageningen UR centre for Development Innovation

Applications are invited for this course from professional participants with several years working experience in natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, and sustainable development. The course aims at providing knowledge on integrative perspective in forest and nature management. Details.

Closing Date: 4th August 2014


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.

Closing date: 11th August 2014


Conferences, Workshops and Symposium

15th Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS): 25- 27 Mar 2014, University of Cambridge, UK

Applications are open for this international conference aimed at helping young conservation scientists gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts that will be valuable for their future careers. Highly competitive bursaries and travel awards are available. Visit website for more details.

Applications closed


Ecological Society of Nigeria (EcSON) 4th Biennial Conference 8 – 11thApril 2014

Original research/review papers are invited from interested participants on the theme of the conference: Our destiny in our hands: ecological approach to National development. For more information click here.

Closing date: Unspecified


Second International Congress on Terraced Landscapes 14th-22nd May 2014, Cusco Peru

Researchers, farmers, activists, ‘terrace guardians’, decision-makers, technicians and rural development practitioners from various regions as well as international organization representatives are invited to register for the congress. For more details on registration click here.

Closing date: 28th March 2014


African Water Symposium 11th-13th June 2014

Role players representing academe and agriculture to government and the private sector are invited to send papers on the way water impacts lives on the individual and continental scale. For more details click here.

Closing date: 2nd May 2014


49th Annual GSSA Congress 20th – 25th July 2014

The Congress is now calling for abstracts and registration and this year's theme is Advancing Rangeland Ecology and Pasture Management in Africa. Details.

Closing date: unspecified.


16th Annual BIOECON Conference on “Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability 21st-23rd September 2014

Call for papers is on for this conference that focuses on takes a broad interest in the area of resource management, development and conservation. For more details click here.

Closing date: 15th May 2014


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


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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

'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 2013

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


Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers

The programme allows researchers to carry out a long-term research project (6−24 months) of their choice in cooperation with an academic they have selected at a research institution in Germany. For more information click here.

Closing date: unspecified


The Central African Forests and Institutions (CAFI) - Postdoctoral position

Project seeks a person with a PhD in geography, ecology, or another social science field, interested in collaborating with scholars from other disciplines/fields. View details here. If interested submit CV, a statement of interest together with names of three potential referees to ifri@umich.edu.

Closing date: Unspecified


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


World Scholars Programme, University of Sydney

Applications are invited for PhD scholarships awarded on the basis of research potential and academic merit for international students in all disciplines. Prospective applicants must have a firm offer of admission from the University of Sydney. For more details click here.

Closing date: Offered every year


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 December


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


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.


Energy Globe Award for Sustainability 2014

Individuals, private companies and corporations, development NGOs, community associations, government agencies are invited to send their applications for these awards. For more information click here.

Closing date: April 2014


Helmholtz International Fellow Award

The award targets outstanding senior scientists and research managers based outside Germany who have excelled in various fields including science management at large international research institutions. For more details click here.

Closing date: 8th April 2014


Edinburgh Global Development Academy Master's Scholarships

Applications are invited from students from less developed countries for these scholarships covering the overseas rate of tuition fee, and further two scholarships covering the UK/EU rate of tuition fee only. Details.

Closing date: 11th April 2014


Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) 2014 Masters Scholarships

Nationals of lower to middle income countries are invited to apply for the fully funded studentship where they will receive one of the taught Masters in Conservation Science and Management programme. For more information click here.

Closing date: 13th April 2014


BRAIN Post Doctoral Fellowships 2014

Applications are invited for 10 fellowships for duration of 24 months to experienced young international researchers (post-docs) for various scientific fields at Brandenburg University of their choice. For more details on how to apply click here.

Closing date: 15th April 2014


Indonesian Government Masters Scholarships for Developing Countries

Applications are invited for various programs including agriculture, fisheries and marine science, forestry, natural sciences. For more details click here.

Closing date: 15th April 2014


2014 Doctoral Fellowships at University of Hamburg, Germany

Young researchers with excellent, above-average grades are invited to apply for these fellowships. For more details click here.

Closing date: 17th April 2014


JIRCAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program

The programme aims to provide scientific solutions to the various problems facing developing countries in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries. For more information click here.

Closing date: 21st April 2014


University of Oslo, PhD Research Fellowship in Chromatin and Stem Cell Differentiation

Applicants with a Master's degree or equivalent in molecular biology, cell biology, biotechnology or biochemistry with strong experimental background in the same are invited to send their applications for this fellowship. Details.

Closing date: 23rd April 2014


Nottingham Developing Solutions Scholarships

Nottingham University is offering opportunities for Africans undertake studies in selected masters degrees programmes related to the environment.105 scholarships are on offer. For more information click here.

Deadline: 25th April 2014


Marine scholarships for International students in China

Students from developing African countries are invited to send their applications for masters and doctoral degree scholarships oceanography or other related specialties so as to cultivate advanced professionals of the related fields, enhance international marine cooperation and exchange, and promote the harmonious ocean development. Details.

Closing date: 30th April 2014


UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships

Applications are invited from candidates already pursuing research at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture. Details.

Closing date: May


Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program

The program awards fellowships to outstanding graduate students who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. For details on application click here.

Closing date: 1st May 2014


OFID Scholarship Award, 2014

Applications are invited from outstanding young students from developing countries to pursue graduate studies in a development-related discipline. For more information click here.

Closing date: 1st May 2014


University of Edinburgh Post graduate bursaries

Applications are invited for various courses in Biological Sciences offered by the university. For more details on how to apply click here.

Closing date: 2nd May 2014


Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2014

The award recognises the achievement of early career researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising across a range of academic disciplines. Details.

Closing date: 14th May 2014


Georg Forster Research Award

Applications are invited from researchers who have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries. For more details click here.

Closing date: 15th May 2014


Edith Cowan University International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Applications are invited for these scholarships to pursue Master by research and PhD in any discipline. For more details click here.

Closing date: 30th May 2014


UNESCO/ISEDC Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2014

The aim of these one month fellowships is to enhance the capacity-building and human resources development in the area of sustainable and renewable energy sources in developing countries. For more information click here.

Closing date: 30th May 2014


Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI)

The scholarships are available in four scholarship rounds to outstanding international applicants from any country wishing to pursue a Masters degree by Research or a Doctoral research degree. For more information click here.

Closing date: 31st May 2014


ANSTI/DAAD Post-Graduate Fellowships

DAAD in collaboration with ANSTI are offering a number of in-region scholarships for Masters and PhD degrees for Sub-Saharan Nationals for studies outside the applicants' home countries. Details.

Closing date: 31st May 2014


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

Commonwealth citizens who are permanent residents of a developing Commonwealth country are eligible for these scholarships in various fields of study including Tropical Forestry, Integrated Environmental Management. Details.

Closing date: 31st May 2014


IRENA Scholarship Programme: MASDAR Institute for Science and Technology

Applications are invited from students from developing countries that are severely affected by today’s challenges such as energy access, energy security, and climate change intending to pursue various Master of Science degrees. More details here.

Closing date: 31st May 2014


Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS)

Applications are invited for 200 opportunities to undertake graduate studies by research. For more information on how to apply click here.

Closing date: 31st May 2014


Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship

Female students are invited to apply for these scholarships in various fields of study. For more details click here.

Closing date: 31st May 2014


African Bird Club Conservation and Expedition Awards

The program supports small to medium sized bird conservation projects in Africa. For more information click here.

Closing date: June 2014


Dorothy Nicol Scholarship 2014

Applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa with an offer of a place on any of the full-time Masters programmes offered by Stirling Management School for entry in September 2014 are invited to apply for this scholarship. Details.

Closing date: 10th June 2014


BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge and Culture Awards

Organizations and institutions working in the areas of Ecology and Conservation Biology and climate change are invited to nominate a person of their office holders or governing bodies. For more information click here.

Closing date: 30th June 2014


Kathleen Stewart Postgraduate Scholarships

Female students in the school of Biological Sciences are invited to apply for these scholarships to pursue full time course leading to Master or Doctorate degree. For more details click here.

Closing date: 1st July 2014


New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships

These scholarships allow students to undertake PhD study in any discipline and at a New Zealand university. Details.

Closing date: 15th July 2014


University of East Anglia 2014 Scholarships

A range of postgraduate scholarships are available for various fields of study including biological sciences and environmental sciences. For more information on how to apply click here.

Closing date: 31st July 2014


University of Portsmouth Scholarships

Nigerian and Ghanian nationals are invited to apply for these scholarships who have applied for various full-time taught Master's postgraduate degrees including MSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management. For more details click here.

Closing date: 31st July 2014


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Post-Graduate Scholarships

Applications are invited from young professionals from developing countries to study in development-related fields at German universities. For more information click here.

Closing date: July


John Allwright Fellowship

Applications are invited for this scheme whose aim is to enhance research capacity in Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) partner country institutions. For more information click here.

Closing date: July


Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

Applications are invited for these fellowships for young female students from Sub-Saharan African countries and/or LDCs, to enable them to pursue postgraduate studies in natural sciences leading to PhD degrees. Details.

Closing date: July


World Bank, Robert S. McNamara Fellowships

The Program annually awards Fellowships for various fields of study including environment and is open to young researchers preparing their doctoral thesis and currently working in an academic or research institution. Details.

Closing date: July


Freezailah Fellowships, Second Cycle

Applications are invited for this programme that promotes human resource development, and strengthens professional expertise in tropical forestry and related disciplines through participation in international conferences, training courses, and study tours. For more information click here.

Closing date: August


Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Conservation Fellowship

Applications are invited from East Africans for this programme that seeks to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. For more information click here.

Closing date: August


Keizo Obuchi Fellowships

The government of Japan is offering 20 post-graduate fellowships to candidates from developing countries, to undertake research on specified topics including environment with emphasis on water sciences, water issues and climate change. Details.

Closing date: August


Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships

Top-class researchers from Third Countries are welcome to work on projects in Europe so as to develop research cooperation between Europe and other parts of the world. For more details on how to apply click here.

Closing date: August


New Zealand Aid Program Scholarships

Applications are invited for postgraduate programmes in agriculture and renewable energy. For more information on the scholarship click here.

Closing date: 1st August 2014


UNESCO-IHE Masters Programme, 2014

Applications are invited for the Joint Masters Degree programme from mid-career professionals with a background in biological or environmental sciences with a special interest in: aquatic ecology, limnology, wetland ecosystems, or aquatic resources management. Details.

Closing date: 1st August 2014


Australian National University Research Scholarships

International students who would like to pursue PhD or Professional Doctorate by Research are invited to apply for these three year fellowships. For more information click here.

Closing date: 31st August


John Dillon Fellowship for Young Agricultural Scientists

8-10 fellowships are available to provide career development opportunities for outstanding young agricultural scientists or economists from ACIAR partner countries who are involved in a current or recently completed ACIAR project. For more details click here.

Closing date: 31st August


TWAS-icipe Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Applications are invited for this one year fellowship programme from young scientists from developing countries who wish to undertake their postdoctoral studies in Kenya in natural sciences. Details.

Closing date: 15th September


The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Applications are invited from young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. For more information click here.

Closing date: 1st October



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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


Fauna and Flora International Job Opportunities

Applications are invited for eight job vacancies advised by this organization. For more details click here.

Closing date: Various


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


Junior Professional Program: World Bank

A two-year employment opportunity that targets highly qualified people of Sub-Saharan African descent with a minimum Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the global development field to gain experience in a global development environment. Click here for more details.

Applications are accepted throughout the year


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.


United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa PhD Internship Programme

African nationals enrolled in a doctoral who are able to conduct high quality research are invited to apply for the 13 positions available. For more information click here.

Closing date: 15th April 2014


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.


Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education Project Coordinator position

Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education is seeking to recruit a project coordinator for Community-Based Conservation and Research located on-site in Ambondrolava, Madagascar. For more information click here.

Closing date: unspecified


Head Forester and GIS Analyst at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy

The Laikipia Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Gallmann Memorial Foundation is seeking to recruit an experienced forester to work for VCS CCB REDD+ carbon project based at Ol Ari Nyiro, Laikipia. Head forester and GIS specialist.

Closing date: Unspecified


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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


Moabi Stipendium for African Botanists: MOABI Foundation

Program supports young African botanists, who are doing research in plant taxonomy. Funds can be used for training, a study trip, cover the costs of travel and accommodation or the delivery of a publication. More details here.

Applications accepted throughout 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


Food and Business Applied Research Fund

Grants are available to public or private organizations for applied research contributing to food security in the partner countries of Dutch international cooperation. Click here for details.

Closing dates: 18th September 2013; 15th January 2014; 15th April 2014


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 2013

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 2011-2012

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


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


British Ecological Society Research Grants and Outreach Grants 2014.

These grants support scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding as well as promoting ecological science to a wide audience. For more details click research grants or outreach grants.

Closing date: 3rd March 2014 and 8th September 2014


New England Biolabs Foundation Grants for Grassroots Conservation

The grants are offered to grassroots and charitable organizations to support conservation of biological diversity; ecosystem services; community food security; and marine environment from Ghana and Cameroon. Details.

Closing date: 7th March 2014 and 14th July 2014


Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs development cooperation funds

Proposals are invited from international NGOs for these funds in various fields including research to support sustainable forest management and governance, and efforts to increase the transparency of negotiations for multilateral environmental agreements. Details.

Closing date: 14th April 2014


African Graduate Research Fund

This program, is open to African nationals studying mammals in their countries of origin to help promote the science of mammalogy in Africa through training and education. For more details click here.

Closing date: 15th April 2014


Food and Agriculture Organization Grants

These planning and partnership grants aim to strengthen the role of smallholders, women's groups, communities, and indigenous peoples on issues of forest and farm policies and issues. For more details click here.

Closing date: 15th April 2014


EU FAO Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) Programme

Project proposals are invited from government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in eligible timber-producing countries not already engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements VPAs). Details.

Closing date: 21st April 2014


Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund

Grants are available for researchers from the University of Cambridge and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations. Details.

Closing date: 2nd May 2014


Comparative Research Networks: Call for proposals for 2014

Proposals are invited from researchers based in African universities and centres of research in various themes including climate change, resources and development. For more information click here.

Closing date: 31 May, 2014


Global Forest Watch Grants

Nonprofit civil society organizations that use GFW to improve forest management and local livelihoods are invited to apply for these grants. For more details click here.

Closing date: 1st June 2014


Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Grants

Young people in the environmental sector in developing countries are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to expand their knowledge, experience and training to become the future leaders. For more details click here.

Closing date: June 2014


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

This program provides opportunities for researchers, post doctorate fellows, and graduate students to conduct research.Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply. Details.

Closing date: June


Women's Water Fund call for applications

This fund helps women from developing countries advance their career opportunities in the field of water resources development and management. For more information click here.

Closing date: June


Club 300 Bird Protection Grants

Grants of upto US $5000 are offered for research and conservation of the world's highly threatened and poorly known bird species (IUCN's Red List). For more details click here.

Closing date: 31st July 2014


Japan Water Forum Fund

Applications are invited from grass-roots organizations in developing countries involved in resolving water and sanitation problems for grants of upto US$ 1000. For more details click here.

Closing date: August



British Ecological Society Ecologists in Africa Grants

This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research to develop their skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. Details.

Closing date: 8th September 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.


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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