Deadline: 01 March 2017
Location: Any University
Type: Fellowship, Master & PhD degree
Program Period: Not specified
Number of awards: Not specified

WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) is offering future conservation leaders in food and conservation to pursue their Master and PhD in any university around the world.

Study Areas

  • Landscape approaches and land-use planning to reduce deforestation
  • Food policy, legality, and governance to promote sustainable food systems
  • Climate smart agriculture/aquaculture to incorporate natural capital into decision making
  • Innovative technologies to support sustainable food systems and decrease food waste
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Sustainable finance for food production
  • Agriculture sociology (e.g. behavior change and better practice adoption)
  • Post-harvest technology to decrease food waste and promote value creation
    (i.e. reduce post-harvest loss)
  • Plant/livestock pathology (e.g., push-pull pest management, integrated pest
    management, improve sustainable yields, etc.)
  • Mitigation of human/wildlife conflict around food production
  • Women’s empowerment and enhanced social equity via food systems
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Reduce agro-industrial footprints – sustainable agriculture (smallholders agriculture for food security) and agro-industrial (Palm oil, Cocoa/Coffee)
    best practices (RSPO, …)
  • Increased food security through integrated livestock and wildlife management

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a citizen and legal permanent resident of an eligible country.
  • You must have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
  • You must have a demonstrated commitment to working in conservation in an eligible country.
  • Your research or academic program must address one of the focus areas listed in the guidelines.
  • You must be enrolled in, admitted to, or have applied to a master’s or PhD program anywhere in the world.
  • You must plan to begin your studies no later than January 2018.
  • You must commit to working for at least two years in your home country after the completion of your degree.
  • You must not have received a Train Fellowship or Scholarship in the past.
  • You must notify EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient.
  • You must submit all required documents by the application deadline.

Eligible Countries

  • Cambodia
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Gabon
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Namibia
  • Republic of Congo
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

How to Apply

Applicants can access online at and find the guideline of the fellowship here. For more information, click on the official website here.