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Alumni Grants


EFN is committed to ensuring that our alumni continue to advance in their careers and become a voice for conservation. By providing these ongoing education opportunities, EFN Alumni can gain up-to-date training and knowledge needed to advance conservation efforts in their home countries and regions.

EFN Alumni Grants support ongoing education, training, and research opportunities for former Russell E. Train Fellows, Russell E. Train Scholars, and Professional Development Grant recipients who have completed the terms of their WWF grant contract and meet all of the eligibility criteria necessary to be considered for a grant. Many Alumni use these opportunities to present a paper at a conference, attend a workshop or short-term training courses offered by universities and other institutions, or to conduct research within a WWF priority place.

Click here for guidelines, eligibility, and how to apply for these grant opportunities.

To learn more about how you can connect to other EFN alumni, see the WHAT WWF IS DOING section below.



More than 90 percent of Russell E. Train Fellows and Scholars return home upon completion of their degree.

Why It Matters

  • Russell E. Train Fellowships

    Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Today’s conservation challenges are more complex than ever before and require advanced skills and knowledge to tackle pressing issues from climate change and deforestation to wildlife crime and rights-based fisheries management. EFN program provides fellowships to rising leaders to address these global challenges. To date, more than 90 percent of EFN fellows are working to advance conservation efforts in their home countries.

  • Conservation Workshop Grants

    Conservation Workshop Grants help organizations conduct training workshops to build local capacity. These grants support training courses and workshops in WWF priority places on topics of importance for local and regional conservation efforts. Workshops grants are essential to building local capacity in vulnerable communities and improving conservation efforts at a local and national scale.

  • Professional Development Grants

    Professional Development Grants provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These grants provide the tools necessary for professionals to advance in their careers and improve local capacity in their home countries. EFN has supported more than 600 deserving mid-career professionals that are dedicated to conserving critical natural resources, advancing policy, and educating local communities on conservation issues important to advancing WWF's mission.

  • Alumni Grants

    Alumni Grants provide ongoing support of former fellows to conduct research or attend conferences, workshops, or short courses. These grants offer critical funding opportunities to Train Fellows and Scholars to continue to advance in their careers.

  • Reforestation Grants

    Reforestation Grants support local organizations engaged in reforestation projects throughout the tropics. When carefully planned, forest restoration activities can provide environmental services to the local community and develop new habitats in formerly bare areas.  These grants support activities that aim to regain ecological integrity and enhance human wellbeing in deforested or degraded forest landscapes.

What WWF Is Doing

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Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program

EFN provides alumni information on the Grantee and Publication Search tool. This tool includes grantee profiles and an accompanying list of grantee publications. If you are an alumni, please email to update your information.

EFN connects to supporters on our Facebook page. This page provides program news and helps alumni and supporters share information and get messages about upcoming scholarship and grant opportunities, conferences, and training courses. LIKE us on Facebook to connect to the EFN network.

EFN helps to create a professional network through our LinkedIn group. This group is open to all EFN alumni to connect to other alumni in their field, country, or region. We encourage all our alumni to join and stay connected.


  • Mr. Russell E. Train and Education for Nature (EFN)

    Remembering Mr. Russell E. Train, founder, past president, and past chairman emeritus passed away on September 17, 2012 at the age of 92.

  • Photos from Camera Traps in Ecuador

    In 2006, Ecuadorian conservationist Santiago Espinosa received a Russell E. Train Fellowship from WWF’s Education for Nature Program (EFN) to conduct research in wildlife ecology. Santiago’s research involved spending long periods of time in the Amazonian rainforest. He captured photos that highlight the spectacular wildlife that lives in Yasuní National Park.