EDGE Fellowship 2025-2027 | Up to £10,000 Grant

The call for applications for the prestigious EDGE Fellowship 2025-2027 is now open, offering a remarkable opportunity for emerging conservation leaders from Asia and the Pacific.

EDGE Fellowship
EDGE Fellowship

If you are passionate about biodiversity conservation and eager to make a meaningful impact, this fellowship could be your gateway to a rewarding career in conservation leadership.

About EDGE Fellowship

The EDGE Fellowship is a 28-month program designed to empower early-career conservationists from lower- and middle-income countries. Through equipping Fellows with essential knowledge, skills, and opportunities, the program aims to foster effective conservation efforts for the world’s most unique and extraordinary species.

The EDGE of Existence program, pioneered by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), focuses on identifying and protecting Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species. These species, characterized by their significant amount of unique evolutionary history, are often overlooked despite their irreplaceable contribution to the world’s natural heritage.

EDGE species possess distinct genetic makeup and exhibit unusual characteristics in their appearance, behaviour, and habitat preferences. However, a concerning number of EDGE species are currently on the brink of extinction, which shows the urgency of conservation efforts.

Benefits of the EDGE Fellowship

The EDGE Fellowship offers a program of support and professional development opportunities, including:

In-person Training:

Fellows will undergo six weeks of intensive training, including a four-week Conservation Tools Course in the focal region and an advanced two-week Conservation Impact Course in the UK. Additionally, access to online training resources further enhances Fellows’ skill set.

Grant Funding:

Each Fellow receives a grant of at least £10,000 to implement their conservation project. With the opportunity to manage their budget autonomously and dedicated support to secure additional funding. Fellows can effectively execute their conservation initiatives.

Mentorship and Coaching:

Continuous mentorship and access to training and coaching opportunities with ZSL and its partners provide Fellows with invaluable guidance throughout their fellowship journey. This wrap-around support ensures that Fellows are equipped to overcome challenges and maximize their impact.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the EDGE Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Focus on an EDGE species included on the 2024 curated list.
  • Have less than ten years of paid experience as an early-career conservationist.
  • Be a national of the country where the proposed focal species occurs.
  • Applicants are encouraged to engage with the EDGE team to discuss their projects before submission. Feedback on draft applications is available upon request, facilitating the development of high-quality proposals.

Application Procedure

To apply for the EDGE Fellowship, qualified candidates should follow the steps below:

  1. Read the Guidelines for application and eligibility criteria.
  2. Ensure that your project focuses on an eligible EDGE species and that you meet the eligibility requirements.
  3. Fill out the application form in English, providing full details about your project and its significance.
  4. Prepare all required documentation, including a project site map, CV, recent photograph, risk assessment, and proof of English competency if applicable.
  5. Secure References: Arrange for two references, including one from your in-country supervisor.
  6. Submit Application: Submit your complete application by the deadline of 23:59 (BST), 7th July 2024, to be considered for the fellowship.

Official website: https://www.edgeofexistence.org/become-a-fellow/


The application deadline for the EDGE Fellowship is 23:59 (BST) on 7th July 2024.



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