WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation

Company WWF
Reference # #Scholarships
Published 20/11/2017
Contract Type Contract
12 Months
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Introduction
A major constraint facing conservation efforts is the shortage of technical and professional capacity at the local and national levels. By supporting environmental education, WWF hopes to foster local conservation leadership, enhance local involvement in work to protect the environment, promote partnerships for conservation amongst a range of stakeholders, and help reinforce the impacts of the WWF conservation programme.

The WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund for Nature Conservation was established in 1991 in honour of WWF’s Founder President, the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The goal of the Scholarship Fund is to help build the next generation of people who will become the conservation leaders of the future.

The Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund is administered by WWF International in Gland, Switzerland.
Job Functions Academic
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit
Specification
Objective:

The aim of the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation (PBS) is to provide financial support to individuals wishing to pursue short-term professional training or formal studies that will help them contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in their country. As a priority, PBS supports mid-career training for those working in the field of conservation and associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation (including e.g. media, law, and education). Applications are encouraged from those seeking to build skills in specific subjects that will enhance their contribution to conservation. In particular women, and people working for non-governmental or community-based organizations, are encouraged to apply.

General Information:

> In completing the application form, candidates are asked to confirm that after completion of their studies, they will return to their region to resume their involvement in conservation work.
> The Prince Bernhard Scholarships (PBS) are for studies or training lasting one year or less. Multiple-year studies, e.g. two or three-year BSc or MSc courses, will only be considered if the candidate is applying for support for the last year of studies.
> Study/training (or last year of study) to start no earlier than 1 July 2018 and no later than 30 June 2019.
> The application deadline is 13 January 2018 to reach the candidate’s nearest WWF Office. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Candidates may submit their application by post, courier, email or fax.
> Only nationals from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe or Middle East will be considered, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF.
> The maximum amount for any one scholarship under this award scheme is Swiss Francs CHF 10,000. An application for a PBS scholarship in excess of this amount will not be considered.
> The PBS grant may be used to pay for course fees, tuition, books, travel and living expenses while studying, or a combination of these. Funding requests to cover costs to attend a conference/
congress, purchase a laptop/printer or other personal items will not be considered.
> Applicants must provide written evidence from the relevant institution that they have been accepted on the course or training programme for which support is requested. Where appropriate preferential consideration is given to people seeking support for study in their own country or region.
> All applications should be made on the standard application form (pages 7 to 13 of the present document). This form is available on the WWF website at www.panda.org/scholarships or from a WWF Office/Associate or WWF International. Photocopies of this form are also acceptable. Please complete the form in English only.
> The PBS Selection Committee will only consider applications that have passed the initial screening and been recommended by the WWF Office or Associate Organization to which the application was sent.
> All recipients will sign a contract with WWF outlying the terms of the scholarship funding.
> Upon completion of the course, the scholar will provide a final report on the activity undertaken and how it was conducted, with an itemized account of the use made of the funds.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should ensure they fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

> Application form correctly filled in, accompanied by copies of qualification certificates and letter(s) of reference.
> Evidence of conservation commitment: candidate employed in conservation or showing long-term commitment to conservation, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF.
> Evidence of acceptance on the desired course, which should be linked to WWF’s conservation priorities (see selection criteria below).
> Request for support for a) studies or training course lasting one year or less; or b) final year of multiple-year studies, starting no earlier than 1 July 2018 and no later than 30 June 2019. Requests for funding of studies beginning before 1 July 2018 can unfortunately not be considered.
> Request for support not exceeding CHF 10,000 (include evidence of supplementary support if course costs are over this amount); and indicate an additional funding source irrespective of costs.
> Candidate from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe or Middle East.

Selection Criteria:

The following four criteria will be used to screen and select the best candidates:

> Course or training, which explicitly links to WWF’s Practices (Oceans, Forests, Wildlife, Freshwater, Climate & Energy, Food)
> Preference will be given to:
 - Candidates with a long-term commitment to providing conservation leadership or expertise for the benefit of their country’s natural environment;
 - Candidates with experience and proven track record in a field related to the environment and conservation in their home country, including social and natural sciences (ranging from environmental journalism, law and education to ecology and wildlife management);
 - Candidates who show a) flexibility and capacity to think outside their specialization (critical factors include climate change, poverty reduction, water shortage, population increase/movements); b) ability to partner with other different disciplines critical to future successes; and c) strength of belief, vision and tenacity to address future pressures;
 - Applications for studies or training at institutions in the applicant's country or region where appropriate;
 - Candidates requesting a grant of less than CHF 10,000;
 - Candidates who provide proof that they have secured funding from other sources.
> Recommendation from the nearest WWF Office or Associate Organization.
> Overall balance of gender and geographic representation.
Requirements
How to Fill in the Application Form:

GENERAL GUIDELINES

> Please only use the 2018 PBS Application Form and discard forms from any previous years.
> Please type or write legibly, using black ink.
> Please only send pages 7 to 13 of the present document, duly filled in. Please only write in the white boxes and do not use the grey boxes.
> On the application form, please inscribe your family name in the box foreseen at the top righthand corner of each page. All your documents should be fixed firmly together (or scanned together) with your family name written on the top righthand corner of each document.
> All sections of the application form must be completed. We regret incomplete forms will not be considered.
> Your submission should include the following:
1. Application form
2. Evidence of acceptance from the institution where you intend to pursue your studies
3. Letter(s) of reference
4. Copies of certificates
5. Evidence of achievements in nature conservation

Please note: NO Applications will be accepted without the completed Application Form.
Job Closing Date 13/01/2018
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