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Alumni Grants

Overview

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

EFN is committed to ensuring that our alumni continue to advance in their careers and become a voice for conservation. 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.

Alumni use these grants to present at conferences, attend short courses or trainings, or conduct research within WWF priority areas.

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

Celebrating 25 Years of Conservation Success

In 1994, the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program was created at WWF to offer financial and educational support to the next generation of international conservation leaders. A look back:
Illustrated portrait of Illa Shrestha

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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

Questions?

If you have further questions, please email us at efn@wwfus.org.

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Celebrating 25 years of conservation success

This year marks the 25th anniversary of EFN. To date, the program has invested more than $22 million to support over 2,700 individuals and organizations from 57 countries around the world. These individuals and organizations play a key role in not only protecting species and habitats, but also leading research, communicating science, changing policy, and mentoring the next generation of conservationists in their countries. EFN alumni are tackling huge environmental challenges while also making the conservation community more diverse and impactful than ever before. 

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EFN’s Facebook page provides program news and shares information about upcoming scholarship and grant opportunities, conferences, and training courses to conservationists worldwide. LIKE us on Facebook to connect to the EFN network.

Network on LinkedIn

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.

Projects

  • 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.