A Scholarship and Bursary Guide

WCS Research Fellowship Program

The WCS Research Fellowship Program (RFP) is a small grants program that is designed to build capacity for the next generation of conservationists by supporting individual field research projects that have a clear application to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wild places.

The RFP helps train applied conservation scientists from developing countries. Since the RFP’s establishment in 1993, over 2,000 proposals totaling over $23 million have been submitted to WCS for funding, of which 300 proposals totaling more than $3 million have been funded. Over 60% of the total funded proposals have come from national conservationists (citizens of the country in which they are conducting their research). All grantees are graduate-level students pursuing masters, doctoral, or veterinary degrees (or equivalents). Collectively, these professionals will help to apply field-tested conservation science to the challenges facing conservation today.

Amount varies

Deadline (may be subject to change) 
January 5


  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in a Masters, PhD, or DVM program, or the equivalent.
  • Applicants must be citizens of developing countries (i.e., any country not defined as a “high income economy” by the World Bank at http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups). An exception is made for applicants who are Native American (US) or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (Canada).
  • Applicants cannot be current WCS employees. However, seasonal WCS employees are eligible if enrolled in academic institutions and not working for WCS for the duration of the project.
  • Applicants must not have received a WCS RFP grant in the past.
  • Organizations or teams are not eligible for WCS RFP funding. If you are interested in applying for a grant as part of a team, please visit the Conservation Leadership Programme website.
  • There must be only one Principal Investigator (PI) listed on the application. Faculty and/or research advisors should not be listed as the PI.