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Alumni Grants


The benefits of receiving a Russell E. Train Education for Nature (EFN) grant continue long after final project reports are submitted. The EFN Alumni network includes more than 1,950 professionals working on critical conservation topics in Asia, Africa and Latin America. EFN is committed to ensuring that our alumni continue to advance in their careers and become future voices for conservation.

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.

See below for eligibility criteria and how to apply.




To be eligible for an Alumni Grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a former Russell E. Train Fellow, Russell E. Train Scholar, or Professional Development Grant recipient.
  • You completed the training or degree program for which you received your EFN grant.
  • You have worked in conservation in your home country for at least two years since completing your EFN funded training or degree.
  • You are currently  working or conducting research in conservation in your home country.
  • You submitted all reports required by your grant contract.
  • You must have a bank account in your own name that can receive US dollars.
  • You must not have received a grant from EFN in the past three years.
  • You must not have received more than four grants from EFN.

If you are unsure if you meet all the eligibility criteria listed above, please contact to confirm if you are eligible to apply.


All applicants must apply at least 3 months in advance of the proposed activity dates. Applications will be reviewed 4 times a year as noted below:

  • November 1, 2014
  • February 1, 2015
  • May 1, 2015
  • August 1, 2015


If you would like to apply, please click here. EFN alumni from any country are eligible to apply.

Grant requests may not exceed US $3,500 and alumni must observe a three year waiting period before requesting another grant.

PLEASE NOTE: EFN has limited funds which have to be distributed among applicants of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Therefore, applying and meeting the requirements does not mean that EFN will automatically approve your application.



EFN’s Alumni Program provides ongoing education opportunities; encourages collaborative research; provides networking opportunities; facilitates the exchange of information; and provides a platform for alumni to share lessons and stories with the conservation community.

The following resources are available to connect with EFN Alumni and other conservation experts:

  • The EFN Facebook group is an opportunity to learn about grant availability and other program news. (This is open to everyone as a resource for connecting with EFN.)
  • EFN's LinkedIn group helps EFN grantees stay connected and share their work. (This is available to only EFN grant recipients to connect with EFN and other alumni.)
  • Grantee and Publication Search tool allows you to search grantee profiles and an accompanying list of grantee publications.


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