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Professional Development Grants (PDGs)


Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These trainings can include short courses, certificate trainings, or conferences among other training opportunities. Mid-career conservation professionals from select WWF-US priority countries must meet all of the eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.

Applicants may request up to $6,500 for the proposed training.

See below for grant guidelines or click here for a printable version.

Russell E. Train Education for Nature


Individuals from the following countries are eligible to apply. Please note that within the eligible countries EFN gives preference to applicants working in certain WWF priority places, indicated in parenthesis below.

  • Belize (Mesoamerican Reef)
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia (Amazon)
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon (Congo Basin)
  • Central African Republic (Congo Basin)
  • Colombia (Amazon, Eastern Pacific Ocean)
  • Dem. Republic of Congo (Congo Basin)
  • Ecuador (Amazon and Galapagos)
  • Fiji (Coral Triangle)
  • French Guiana (Amazon)
  • Gabon (Congo Basin)
  • Guatemala (Mesoamerican Reef, Eastern Pacific Ocean)
  • Guyana (Amazon)
  • Honduras (Mesoamerican Reef)
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya (Coastal East Africa)
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mozambique (Primeiras e Segundas marine area, Quirimbas, Lake Niassa Aquatic Reserve, Ruvuma Landscape)
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal (Terai Arc Landscape, Sacred Himalayan Landscape, Chitwan Annapurna Linkage)
  • Papua New Guinea (Coral Triangle)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru (Amazon, Eastern Pacific Ocean)
  • Republic of Congo (Congo Basin)
  • Solomon Islands (Coral Triangle)
  • Suriname (Amazon)
  • Tanzania (Coastal East Africa)
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia


To be eligible for a Professional Development Grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a citizen of an eligible country.
  • You must currently be living and working in an eligible country.
  • You must have at least three years of work experience (must be a paid position) in a conservation-related field.
  • You must already be accepted to participate in the proposed training at the time you submit your application.
  • Your current work and proposed training must help advance conservation in an eligible country.
  • Your proposed training must be completed within 6 months and must not lead to an academic degree. Individuals currently enrolled in an academic degree program are not eligible.
  • You must have approval from your employer to participate in the proposed training and the promise of continued employment.
  • You must have a bank account in your own name that can receive US dollars.
  • You must not have received funding from EFN in the past. Previous PDG recipients may be eligible for Alumni Grants.
  • You must submit all required documents by the application deadline.


Grant requests may not exceed US $6,500. Applicants who require funds in less than 90 days of submitting their applications may not be considered.

Please note that 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 guarantee your application will be automatically approved.

Click HERE to access the application.


For more information on Professional Development Grants and other opportunities through the Education for Nature Program, e-mail us at

The EFN Facebook group is also a great resource to learn about grant availability and other program news.

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