Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship 2016-17 for Young Leaders

Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship 2016-17 for Young Leaders


Deadline: September 30, 2016


Conservation International invites interested indigenous peoples to apply for the 2016-2017 Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship. This seven-month fellowship creates opportunities for new leadersfrom indigenous and traditional peoples communities and organizations from different parts of the world. Now in its fifth year, this fellowship program will enable selected applicants to develop their leadership skills, interact with indigenous organizations and leaders in their region, and provide assistance to their community and/ or organization through a specific project.

The theme of this year’s fellowship will be: “Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: How conservation efforts can contribute to the realization and/or strengtheningof indigenous peoples’ rights to theirresources.” Fellows will be asked todevelop case studies on strategies indigenous peoples have implemented to conserve specific resources in their territories,and how these strategies were carriedout. The studies will help inform processes related to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and must be validated by the communities involved. Additionally, fellows will be asked to develop concept notes for projects that can be implemented by the communities after the conclusion of their fellowship; such concepts must address one or more of the recommendations that will come out of the study.

Please note that this Fellowship is based in each individual’s own community and not in the US or abroad. The Fellowship will begin December 15th, 2016 and end June 30th, 2017.

Applicants are asked to submit their applications to on or before September 30th, 2016.

Who can apply?

  • Applicant must be a member of an indigenous or traditional community, preferably with links to an indigenous organization at the national/regional level.
  • Applicants should focus proposals in the following areas: management of community conserved lands/indigenous territories and/or community managed marine areas, traditional knowledge, or development of community protocols for issues of access and benefit sharing.
  • There are no age or gender limitations to this fellowship.
  • Applicant must be flexible and able to travel nationally and internationally.
  • There are no education limitations on this fellowship. However, applicant must be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

How to apply?

Deadline for application is September 30, 2016. Please include the following in the application packet:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or resume, as well as a copy of your personal identification information.
  2. A nomination letter from your sponsoring community and/or indigenous organization, demonstrating you have the support of the community in which you will be working.
  3. A completed application form, including work plan proposal and estimated budget template.
  4. A 2-3 page outline of your research project proposal, explaining your proposed area of work. This is not intended to be a full project proposal, but a detailed abstract, in order to give the selection committee a good idea of your project. Anything longer than 3 pages will not be considered.

The nomination letter should both clearly state “Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Conservation Leaders Fellowship.”

Please send all materials to, attached either as a Word document or a PDF file.


1. Fellowship funding with a total value of $8,000 USD. This will cover costs for the research duration andattendance in any national meeting determined to be of relevance to the research and to the community.
2. Access to CI’s research and data on mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation and contactswith CI professionals in the headquarters and field offices as well as with key CI partners, including mentoring from the members of the Indigenous Advisory Group of CI.
3. A meeting with CI staff at CI headquarters topresent results of the research and to develop concept notes for funding proposals. Other meetings will be arranged depending on the interest and availability of partners.

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