Fonseca Leadership Program

Underwater photo of colorful rocks and fish

Angle fish, Diving in Daphne Menor, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Scaling up capacity for local conservation leadership in the Latin America region

WWF’s Russell E Train Education for Nature (EFN) Program is pleased to launch the Fonseca Leadership Program supported by the Global Environment Facility. This competitive program aims to provide financial support for the current and next generation of researchers and practitioners in Latin America to pursue graduate-level studies (Master’s and Ph.D.) geared towards education and research training that is relevant in the design and implementation of conservation interventions that address conservation challenges. Fellows will also have an opportunity to join the expansive global community of EFN alumni to enable knowledge exchange and collective success.

The Fonseca Leadership Program is open to nationals of eligible countries within WWF-US and GEF priority areas who are already enrolled/are interested in enrolling in a master’s or PhD program. Eligible countries include: Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Suriname.

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2024 by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time. Applicants may apply for up to two (Master's) and three (Ph.D.) years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year. The amount of funding approved will vary. Accepted applicants will be notified by July 2024. Any questions about the application process or program should be directed to [email protected].

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This fellowship is co-funded by the Global Environment Facility. Its contents are the sole responsibility of WWF and do not necessarily reflect the views of the GEF Secretariat.