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UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, EFN is only accepting applications for trainings, conferences, or research-related activities that are accessible online or available locally at this time. Please review the updated guidelines below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email EFN at [email protected].
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 2,800 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 may request up to $2,000.
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant. Specific eligibility criteria for the February 1, 2022 deadline is included below. Please confirm you meet all eligibility requirements before applying. Approval of trainings and conferences is up to the discretion of EFN.
Additional Criteria for the February 1, 2022 Deadline:
Courses and expenses that will NOT be eligible:
NOTE: 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 60 days after the application deadline to allow EFN time for review, selection, and processing of the grant.
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.
For the February 1, 2022 deadline, the following costs will be considered at the discretion of the EFN program: registration fees and tuition for virtual trainings and conferences, required books, required materials (e.g. headphones, computer camera, notebooks), required temporary licenses (e.g. GIS, excel), and Wi-Fi costs.
Employer Approval Form
EFN requires employer approval for all Alumni Grant applicants. Due to COVID-19 circumstances, EFN may adjust this requirement based on special circumstances. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please email [email protected]. The process for submitting the employer form is noted below:
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:
For more information on Alumni Grants and other questions, please e-mail us at [email protected].
For information on the upcoming Caroline Goldman Cassagnol Fellowship, please visit here.