The Kinship Conservation Fellowship supports conservation practitioners across the globe. The program is designed to advance your career and equip you with new skills, insights, and analytical tools to accelerate the projects you lead at home.
The month-long, in-residence Fellowship focuses on market-based solutions in conservation and cultivates your leadership skills in the sector. Through interactive discussions, systems-thinking exercises, and peer-learning sessions, Fellows engage with stories and innovative solutions to overcome complex challenges that they can apply to their own work.
The 2023 program will run June 25 – July 25.
Delivered by a faculty of global experts, the program’s curriculum is curated to the unique opportunities of each year’s cohort and exposes Fellows to the six Kinship Conservation Pillars for market-based solutions. Our faculty work closely with each Fellow to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues. For attending the Fellowship in Bellingham, WA, Fellows receive a stipend of US$8000, net of customary U.S. tax withholding**
Join our global network of conservation leaders
As alumni of the program, Kinship Fellows join a community of practitioners, innovators, and leaders, who continue to network and collaborate to address environmental challenges. Our global network of 314 Fellows spans 58 countries across 7 continents.
The month-long fellowship is the beginning of years of close partnership with your cohort as well as this global network. Fellows continue to share knowledge, advice, mentorship, funding opportunities, professional development, and more. Past Fellows have returned to serve as program faculty; helped convene regional learning summits for the network; and collaborated with one another on research and project implementation. Kinship Conservation Fellows become a community of support you can rely on throughout your career.
“Kinship for me is a platform of friends, trust, and confidence. You can call on the Fellows with a problem you’re encountering in your work, whether that’s with funding or with a community, and you know that someone will hear you, want to help, and give you their advice in a trusted and confident circle.”– Ana Laura Barillas, 2016 Fellow
We’re looking for conservation leaders with at least five years of on the ground experience in conservation, who are involved with the implementation of market-based approaches to solve environmental problems and ready to be part of an expanding community of global leaders. Applicants commonly hold positions in nonprofit organizations, government, or the private sector.
Fellowship applications include a project proposal that outlines an environmental issue related to the applicant’s work and details their plans to develop a solution using market approaches.
Successful applicants will be familiar with business and economic principles and work in a setting where these principles can be integrated with conservation work. Each year 18 applicants are selected to participate in the Fellowship program.
In order to be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Possess a minimum of a four-year U.S. college degree (or its equivalent).
- Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience after completing a degree.
- Be proficient in spoken and written English.
- Be a conservation practitioner (rather than an academic or researcher).
How we select our candidates
Applicants who meet the above requirements will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Proposed project viability and appropriateness
- Leadership potential
- Potential contribution at the Fellowship program and ongoing membership in the Fellows Community
** All Fellows are responsible for paying their own applicable local, state and federal taxes in respect of the stipend. Additionally, payments to non-US citizens will be subject to customary US tax withholding (currently at 22%, resulting in a net payment of approximately US$6240, subject to change based on then-current US tax laws).