Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship

“The Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship is sponsored by Conservation International to create opportunities for leaders and scholars from indigenous and traditional peoples’ communities and organizations to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and the threats to ecosystems and biodiversity that are affecting their lands, communities and livelihoods. The program will focus on supporting the fellow’s research and demonstration of the contribution of traditional knowledge in adapting to climate change and maintaining healthy ecosystems, and how that knowledge can work with science and new technologies to influence policy and action.”

Fellowship details

“This year-long fellowship will be offered to four candidates. Two fellowships will be awarded within the topic of Biodiversity, and two within the topic of Climate Change.

The fellows will design research projects and produce reports about the potential contributions of their communities/organizations to biodiversity conservation plans and policies and strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Each research project must incorporate the contribution of traditional knowledge and practices. To accomplish this research project, each fellow will work directly with her/his own community or local indigenous /traditional organization.”

To apply for the fellowship, applicants should be a member of an indigenous/traditional community and/or organization. There are also other requirements listed along with the countries eligible to participate in the link given below.


  1. “A year-long fellowship with a monthly stipend for each fellow to work with her/his sponsoring community/organization.
  2. Two special training/capacity building activities in academia or with a recognized institution for each fellow based on identified needs.
  3. Support for participation in two national and two international meetings that address related issues.
  4. Access to CI’s research and data on mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation and contacts with CI professionals in the headquarters as well as in the field offices in addition to key CI partners.
  5. A meeting at CI headquarters in Arlington, VA to share experiences and present her/his work in the Conservation International Board Meeting   or in another CI meeting as appropriate.”

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is 11 June 2010. For more information, visit this link.