The 2024 program runs June 30 – July 30 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM US Central Standard Time on January 14, 2024. Applications that are in progress but have not been submitted by this deadline will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the system by the letter writer by Sunday, January 21, 2024.


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.

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.

  • During the Fellowship, the cohort is strongly encouraged to collaborate on group projects, building upon the group’s collective expertise and proposed projects, as well as ideas from the curriculum and faculty.

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