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Starting a career in conservation? CLP Conservation Awards now open

Posted on: 09.09.13 (Last edited) 9 September 2013

Kick-start your career or make a lasting impact on the success of a local conservation challenge.

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is inviting people to apply for the 2014 Conservation Awards. The awards are funding grants aimed early-career conservationists looking to develop skills and knowledge while implementing a high priority conservation project.

CLP has been helping young conservationists achieve their goals for more than 25 years. The Conservation Awards are funding applications aimed at conservationists with less than than 5 years professional experience in the conservation sector. Successful applicants will: develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members; implement a focused, high-priority conservation project combining research and action; and contribute to the long-term success of local conservation efforts.

Awards include:

Future Conservationist Awards (approximately 20 awards up to US $15,000 each)

Conservation Follow-up Awards (approximately six awards up to US $25,000 each, but available only to previous CLP Future Conservationist Award winners)

Conservation Leadership Awards (one award of US $50,000, available only to previous CLP Follow-up Award winners)

The application deadline for all awards is 11 November 2013. Those applying for a Conservation Follow-up or Conservation Leadership Award must submit a logical framework to the CLP for review by 1 October 2013. Based on this review, applicants will be advised whether they should submit a full proposal.

Award winners will be announced in early April 2014.

How to apply

The CLP awards are aimed at early-career conservationists (with no more than 5 years professional experience in the conservation sector) living and working in Africa, Asia, east/south-east Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Countries designated by the World Bank as ‘high-income economies’ and countries with US Sanctions are not eligible for CLP support, except for some high-income economies located in tropical areas of high biological diversity (including the Pacific and Caribbean islands).

Applicants are encouraged to contact a member of the CLP team well before the application deadline for advice on project eligibility, methods and project activities.

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria (and to apply), visit the CLP website, or contact clp@birdlife.org.

About the Conservation Leadership Programme

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of four conservation organisations – Fauna & Flora International, BirdLife International, Conservation International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. By offering awards, training, mentoring and networking opportunities, CLP promotes the development of future conservation leaders and provides them with the capacity to address the most significant conservation issues of our time.

Written by
Ally Catterick

Ally worked in media management and PR for clients including comedians Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne before becoming Publicity Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Strategy and communications for conservation organisation Greening Australia and her role as Unit and Company Publicist for production company Roving Enterprises followed, until she was introduced to Fauna & Flora International (FFI) upon their arrival in Australia in 2008. Ally became a founding board member – until moving to the UK to become the organisation's Communications Manager. Ally is now FFI's Deputy Director of Communications and oversees all communications for FFI globally.

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The Conservation Awards are funding applications aimed at conservationists with less than than 5 years professional experience in the conservation sector.

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