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Russell E. Train Fellowship for Masters’ Degree for Nepalese students

isms | 18 September, 2012 15:04

Russell E. Train Fellowship for Masters’ Degree for Nepalese students

Kathmandu University has received information about Russell E. Train Fellowship for Masters’ Degree for Nepalese students from WWF Nepal. Interested relevant students are encouraged to apply.

The Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) aims to build a dynamic and highly qualified corps of conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Through Train Fellowships, EFN invests in the academic training of conservationists in a wide variety of disciplines so that they may gain the knowledge and skills necessary to manage natural resources in complex contexts. Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in conservation for up to 2 years.



-       You must be a citizen of Nepal.

-       You must be at least two years work experience in conservation.

-       You must commit of working in conservation at least two years after the completion of your degree in your home country or region.

-       You must be enrolled in, admitted to or have applied to a graduate degree program (Masters’ only) at an institution of higher education by the application deadline and you must plan to begin your studies no later than one year after the application deadline. You may study in your home country or abroad.

-       You must NOT have received a Russel E. Train scholarship or fellowship in the past. Those who have received EFN professional development grants may apply for a Train fellowship.

-       You must NOT be a current WWF employee or a long term consultant to WWF. Consultants with short term contracts with WWF may be eligible. If you are working for WWF, it is strongly advised that you contact EFN in Washington DC at efn@wwfus.org to make sure you are eligible before applying.

Priority Fields

Your field of study must pertain to one of the following:

-       A natural science discipline relevant to sustainable natural resource management, ecosystem services or biodiversity conservation in Nepal.

-       A social science discipline relevant to sustainable economic development or community based resource management in Nepal.

-       Your thesis should be focused in one of the following areas: endangered species conservation and management, community based resource management, forest carbon, payments for ecosystem services, climate change adaptations (monitoring, and/or vulnerability assessments), adaptation strategy and program development for key biodiversity, ecosystem and/or community targets, (preferably taking an integrated ecosystem-people approach), or environmental policy and law in Terai Landscape, Sacred Himalayan Landscape or Chitwan Annapurna Landscape in Nepal.


-       Financial support for tuition, books, travel to and from the training institution, and room and board for an academic program for a maximum of US $ 20,000 (per year) for up to two years;

-       Limited cost for field research required by the academic institution to obtain the degree;

-       Long term professional development support through EFN Alumni program.

Because funds are limited, Train Fellows are encouraged to contribute to their educational expenses with personal or family funds when possible. In addition, EFN also strongly advises applicants to seek funding from other sources.

To apply for a fellowship please download the application at: http://www.efnapplication.org. If you have any questions, please email us at: efn@wwfus.org


The application deadline for the fellowship is

FEBRUARY 28, 2013

Applications sent after this date will not be considered.

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