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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 over 2,500 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.



Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.

  • You must be a former Russell E. Train Fellow, Russell E. Train Scholar, or Professional Development Grant recipient.
  • You must have successfully completed the training or degree program for which you received your EFN grant.
  • You must have worked in conservation in your home country for at least two years since completing your EFN funded training or degree.
  • You must currently be working or conducting research in conservation in your home country.
  • You must have submitted all reports required by your grant contract.
  • You must have a bank account in your own name that can receive US dollars and international wire transfers.
  • 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. Please note: EFN has limited funds for Alumni Grants; therefore, meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee you will receive a grant.


All applicants must complete an application by one of the deadlines noted below. The proposed training must take place at least 90 days after the application deadline to allow EFN time for review, selection and processing of the grant.

  • August 1, 2018
  • November 1, 2018
  • February 1, 2019
  • May 1, 2019

Individuals may submit an online application at any time. Completed applications will be reviewed on the dates noted above, and applicants will be notified of the results within one month after the application deadline. Please note: meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee you will receive a grant.

Click HERE to access the application.


EFN is committed to providing a platform for our alumni to share lessons and stories with each other and the greater conservation community. The following resources are available to connect with EFN alumni and other conservationists:

  • The EFN Facebook page is a platform to learn about upcoming scholarship and grant opportunities, conferences, and training courses. LIKE us on Facebook to connect to the EFN network (this is a public resource).
  • EFN's LinkedIn group helps EFN grantees connect with one another and share their work (this is only available to EFN grant recipients).


For more information on Alumni Grants please review the frequently asked questions document. For other questions, please e-mail us at