Get up to $15,000 in the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Future Conservationist Awards 2022

Are you an early-career conservationist who wants to make a positive difference on the ground?

Then submit a project in the Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) Future Conservationist

Awards 2022 for a chance to be awarded a grant worth US$15,000 to develop your leadership


Application Deadline: October 10 2021


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The CLP offers Future Conservationist Awards of up to US$15,000 each to develop leadership

capacity of early-career conservationists who wants to make a positive difference on the ground.


To be eligible for a CLP Future Conservationist Award, the team and project must meet the following eligibility criteria. Please read the complete Guidelines for Applicants for more details on eligibility and judging criteria.


  • CLP Awards are for team-based conservation projects – each team must have at least three people.
  • 50% or more of the team members must be nationals of the country where the project is taking place.
  • Nationals of a country subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the USA, UK or EU are NOT eligible to participate on a project team.
  • The team leader must be a national of the country where the project is taking place. Co- leadership with a non-national will be considered, subject to clear justification.
  • All team members must be early-career conservationists with no more than five years of work experience in the conservation sector. ‘Work experience’ does not include research for a university degree. Individuals who have more than five years of work experience in the conservation sector are not eligible for CLP support and should not apply.
  • No team member can be a part- or full-time paid employee or contractor with a CLP partner organization, including BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, at any time from project development through to implementation.
  • Any team member volunteering at a CLP partner organization at the time of application and/or project implementation MUST be declared in the application. They also need to explain how the CLP proposal differs from the partner organization’s work.
  • Applicants can participate in only one CLP project at a time and in no more than three Future Conservationist Award projects in total, serving as team leader for no more than one Future Conservationist project.


  • CLP offers support to early-career conservationists living and working in low and middle income economies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and South-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The project must take place in one of the eligible countries. See below for ineligible countries (high-income and countries with whom trade or other dealings are prohibited under any sanctions or restricted party regime imposed by the UN, EU, UK and USA) and high-income Caribbean and Pacific Island economies that are eligible. 
  • The project duration must be no less than three months and no more than one year in length.
  • The total funding request from CLP must not exceed US $15,000 and CLP funding must cover at least 50% of the total project budget.
  • The project must focus on globally important species for biodiversity conservation that are at risk. We consider a species to be ‘at risk’ if it is designated as globally threatened (CR, EN, VU) or data deficient (DD) by the IUCN Red List OR if there is information suggesting that urgent conservation action is needed  • For those projects focusing on multiple species and/or taxonomic groups, at least one species in each taxonomic group being studied must be at risk.
  • The project must be for new work rather than the continuation of an ongoing, established project.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project goes beyond academic research being carried out for any team member’s degree.
  • Projects that involve laboratory analyses must justify why this work is critical and urgent for conservation.
  • The proposal must be written by the applicants themselves. 

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Application Instructions

  • Application must be submitted via the CLP online portal. All applications must be in English.

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About the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Future Conservationist Awards

Each year, CLP calls for applications to support projects in low- and middle-income countries and some high-income islands in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Funding is awarded to teams of early-career conservationists to conduct scientific research, encourage and promote pro-conservation attitudes and deliver tangible results to better conserve and manage the natural world.

There are three grant levels to allow teams to scale up their initial projects. Starting with a Future Conservationist Award, teams are supported to undertake small-scale research and awareness-raising projects.

Through Follow-up and Leadership awards, teams can implement larger projects over a longer period of time and deliver practical solutions to conservation issues whilst learning to command more complex decision-making, communication and leadership skills.

The Kate Stokes Memorial Award is an additional grant which is awarded annually to an exceptional team of CLP alumni.

Discover more opportunities from Conservation Leadership Programme.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Applications must be submitted via the online platform by 11:59pm GMT on Sunday, 10 October, 2021.

Your project will be evaluated in three areas: 1.) Team capacity development; 2.) Contribution to conservation; and 3.) Project feasibility. Team Capacity Development:

  • The application clearly demonstrates how the project will build the knowledge, skills and experience of each team member.
  • The team members show a commitment to conservation and potential for leadership as good ambassadors for the work they are doing.
  • The team has the support of experienced advisers. 

Contribution to Conservation:

  • The project relates to established conservation priorities and plans (e.g., National Biodiversity Action Plans).
  • The project demonstrates long-term benefits with outcomes that contribute to ongoing local conservation priorities.
  • The project offers measurable benefits to local stakeholders.
  • The project will positively influence stakeholders’ environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviors.
  •  Project Feasibility:
  • The project is realistic in its aims, with the ability and experience of participants suited to the methods, objectives, budget and time frame.
  • The project is cost-effective and shows good value for the money.
  • The project will clearly deliver appropriate outputs – a research report, journal articles, educational materials, contribution to a critical conservation need, etc.
  • The project demonstrates wide collaborative support from local communities, local or national institutions, such as NGOs or academic institutions, and relevant governmental organizations.
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