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Only the best and the brightest practitioners in the field are chosen to become Fellows. Those who are selected receive a $6000 stipend and a month of valuable training. The curriculum is delivered by a faculty of global experts who work closely with each carefully selected cohort of Fellows to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues.

When are applications due?
Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM US Central Standard Time or 11:00 PM GMT on January 8, 2019.

Beyond the training

Kinship Fellows join a community of practitioners, where they continue to network and collaborate to address environmental challenges. The global network of 264 Fellows in 51 countries across 7 continents is collaborative, innovative, and dedicated to effective conservation.

Fellows bring home new ideas, tools, and inspiration. Their success benefits their organizations and the greater conservation community.

Eligibility

We’re looking for conservation leaders with at least five years of experience, who are deeply committed to conservation, involved with the implementation of market-based approaches to solve environmental problems, and ready to be part of an expanding community of global leaders.

key part of the Fellows application is a proposed project describing an environmental issue related to the applicant’s work and the 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. 18 applicants are selected to participate in the training 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, aftercompleting 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

Application Procedure

The 2019 Fellowship will take place from June 30 through July 31, 2019 in Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.

Applicants must use the online application to apply to the Fellowship. Here is what is required in the application:

Statements

  • Summary of your leadership experience. (150 words)
  • Why you wish to attend the Kinship Fellows program and what you see yourself doing in five years. (250 words)
  • Summary of your experience working with market-based tools. (250 words)
  • A description of a project or an environmental challenge or issue in your work and how you plan to develop a solution using market-based approaches. (500 words)

Resume
Your resume should reflect at least five years of experience working in an environmental field. Five years cannot include time spent pursuing a degree.

Photo
A high-quality digital image of yourself (headshot).

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation: One from a current employer and one from a colleague. The selection panel will use these letters to assess each applicant’s capacity for leadership. Specific examples include:

  • Your ability to take action on conservation issues
  • Your ability to mobilize and motivate others
  • Your capacity to produce innovative solutions to complex environmental problems
  • Your potential to contribute to an ongoing community of leaders

NOTE: Letters of recommendation must be submitted to the program by the person providing the recommendation. They cannot be uploaded with your application. A signed copy of the letter should be on letterhead and should be scanned and saved as a PDF or JPEG and emailed to: applications@kinshipfellows.org. If possible, limit each letter to one page.

Electronic submissions are preferred, but letters can also be mailed to:

Kinship Conservation Fellows Program
225 West Washington Street, 28th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

For more information, visit the official website of the Kinship Conservation Fellows Program