World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Professional Development Grants 2017-18


DEADLINE: 1 August, 2018

Apply now for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Professional Development Grants 2017-18. The PDGs provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These trainings can include short courses, certificate trainings, or conferences among other training opportunities. The Professional Development Grants is one of the four core grant opportunities offered by WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program on an annual basis.

Conservation experts are crucial to ensuring the long-term sustainability of WWF’s work in regions around the world. WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) works to increase the number of highly-qualified conservationists by investing in proven and potential leaders to gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance conservation in their home countries.

Since 1994, EFN has been an important funding source for thousands of individuals and organizations. Through fellowships and grants, EFN invests in the education and training of local conservation leaders because they believe these individuals are the key to protecting the natural resources that are needed and cherished where they live. To increase EFN’s impact and fill knowledge gaps on issues critical to WWF’s mission, EFN has aligned its programs with WWF’s six overarching goals centered on wildlife, climate, forests, oceans, food, and freshwater.


  • The grant supports training-related costs, including registration fees and tuition, meals and accommodations, books and materials, international travel, visa fees, and local transportation. Training may take place anywhere in the world and applicants can request up to $6,500.


  • You must be a citizen of an eligible country.
  • You must currently be living and working in your home country.
  • You must have at least three years of paid work experience in a conservation-related field in your home country.
  • You must have applied to or already be accepted to participate in the proposed training at the time you submit your application.
  • Your current work and proposed training must help advance conservation in your home country.
  • You must not be enrolled in an academic degree program.
  • You must have approval from your employer to participate in the proposed training and the promise of continued employment.
  • You must have a bank account in your own name that can receive US dollars and international wire transfers.
  • You must not have received funding from EFN in the past. Previous PDG recipients may be eligible for Alumni Grants.
  • The proposed training must take place at least 90 days after the application deadline.
  • You must submit all required documents by the application deadline.

Eligible Countries

Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Dem. Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Fiji, French Guiana, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Congo, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia


  • 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.
  • The online application requires the following:
  • Contact information
  • Previous and current employment information
  • Educational qualifications
  • Course/training details
  • Acceptance letter from proposed course/training
  • Employer approval
  • CV or resume
  • Detailed budget not to exceed $6,500

Application Deadlines

  • November 1, 2017
  • February 1, 2018
  • May 1, 2018
  • August 1, 2018

For more information, visit WWF Professional Development Grants.