Applications are currently being accepted for the EDGE Fellowship 2023 from the Zoological Society of London. Giving two-year Fellowships to future conservation leaders working on little-known EDGE fish, gymnosperms, bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, shark or ray species is one of the most successful ways ZSL’s EDGE of Existence program is ensuring the future of EDGE species.
The EDGE of Existence program is the only international conservation effort that focuses especially on vulnerable species that account for a substantial portion of unique evolutionary history. The EDGE of Existence initiative identifies and preserves some of the most distinctive and beautiful species on the earth by using a scientific framework to determine the species that are most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) in the world.
The two-year Fellowship comprises of:
- A 4-week Conservation Tools training course at the beginning of the programme to provide Fellows with essential training in techniques to plan and implement their project;
- A grant of £10,000 to undertake a 2-year project on a top-priority EDGE species;
- Ongoing technical support via online modules, web-based tutorials/seminars, and field visits throughout the Fellowship;
- One-to-one support from a scientific advisor based at ZSL or a partner organisation;
- A 2-week Conservation Impact training course in London to help Fellows prepare for the next stage of their career.
You may be eligible for an EDGE Fellowship if you:
- Focus your work on an EDGE species included on the 2023 curated list.
- Are an early-career conservationist with less than ten years’ paid experience.
- Are a resident of the country in which the proposed focal species occurs.
- Are in Latin America, the Pacific & the Caribbean islands.
Applications documents must be emailed to email@example.com by 23:59 (BST) on the 16th of July 2023. Enter “EDGE Fellowship application_your name” as the email subject line when submitting your application.
Applications documents must include:
- A completed and signed copy of the application form
- A map of the project site
- A copy of your CV (no more than two A4 sides)
- A recent photograph of yourself
- A copy of your risk assessment (using the ZSL template)
- Evidence of English competency (only if English is not your first language)
- Proof of your SCUBA diving skills – a scanned copy of your qualification card/certificate is sufficient. (if applicable)
In addition, you must arrange for two letters of support from referees to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “EDGE Fellowship Reference_your name” as the subject of the email by 23:59 (BST) on the 16th of July 2023. One of these references must be from your in-country supervisor.