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Conservation Communities Fellowship Applications open on August 1. Deadline: September 17, 2023

Online and in-person scholarships for leaders of grassroots organizations in the South working at the intersection of biodiversity and livelihoods.

We are excited to launch the new Community and Conservation Fellowship (CCF) starting November 2023 in partnership with General Purpose and Mowgli Advisors. The fellowship is a 10-month, dedicated learning and development program for leaders in the South. It aims to bring more equity to the flow of conservation funding from the North by helping grassroots civil society organizations in the  South directly access funding for their projects and programs.

The Fellowship aims to strengthen the skills, leadership, and networks of 30 changemakers working in Global South organizations at the interface of biodiversity and livelihoods. The CCF will assist participants in effectively fundraising for their projects and programs, implementing and measuring the impact of their projects and programs, and growing a supportive peer-learning and mentoring community.

The CCF is provided at no cost owing to the generosity of our supporters. All fellows will be asked to contribute a small amount toward their travel expenses for the in-person event in Morocco in May 2024. To ensure that everyone has the same chance to participate, we will provide help for people to fundraise to meet these fees, as well as application-based travel bursaries.


Applicants from the Global South who are leaders or project managers in local civil society or grassroots organizations whose work focuses on the interface of biodiversity conservation and community livelihoods are eligible for the Fellowship. We are specifically looking for individuals from Least Developed Countries, Low-Income Countries, and Lower Middle-Income Countries (see the DAC list for more information).

Successful candidates will be highly driven individuals with a strong desire to effect good change who can demonstrate their leadership potential and competence.  They can critically examine their personal and organizational issues and articulate their learning objectives and demands accurately.

We anticipate that candidates will carefully evaluate the Fellowship calendar (see below) and commit to attending and actively participating in all online sessions as well as the in-person meet-up in May 2024.


  • Participants in the Conservation and Communities Fellowship will be able to:
  • Expand your network and cooperation;
  • Learn mentoring and coaching techniques to help coworkers, partners, and collaborators.
  • Develop strong technical and strategic abilities in all areas, from developing donor partnerships to project implementation and effect measurement to scaling up programs.
  • Learn how to ‘Lead Beyond Authority,’ that is, how to lead and cooperate across industries, geographies, cultures, and social barriers.
  • Assist their organizations in effectively raising funds for their initiatives and programs.
  • Participate in the 18th biennial Congress of the International Society for Ethnobiology in May 2024 in Marrakech, Morocco;
  • join the Global Environments Network.


Fellows will be provided with integrated training as well as guided peer group assistance in three streams:

Mentoring, guided by Mowgli Mentoring: Participants will develop, practice, and use important mentoring skills, competencies, and tools to grow and support the growth of their colleagues and partners. Participants will be trained and paired in two-way peer-to-peer mentoring relationships, enhancing their leadership potential and tackling critical obstacles together.

Leadership, Driven by Common Purpose: Participants will improve their capacity to ‘Lead Beyond Authority,’ allowing them to engage funders and stakeholders more effectively. Through peer group coaching, they will also learn the coaching approach to leadership and discuss personal issues.

Skills development, offered by the Global Diversity Foundation in collaboration with WildTeam, includes practical seminars and personalized technical help on proposal writing and project management. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows will receive continuing support and mentoring from the GDF team.

In addition, Fellows will participate in a three-day in-person Community Exchange in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains from May 12–14, 2024, where they will improve their knowledge, skills, and capacities. Following the Exchange, Fellows will be invited to participate in the 18th Congress of the International Society for Ethnobiology, which will be held from May 15–19, 2024, and to lead an interactive session titled Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Local Livelihoods: Voices from the Global South.

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