The Kinship Conservation Fellowship 2024 for Conservation Practitioners Around the Globe: Apply!

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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.

Application Ends on  Jan 15, 2024 8:00 AM

About the Kinship Conservation Fellowship

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

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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:

  • Leading Adaptively
  • Iterating for Scale
  • Designing for Governing the Commons
  • Identifying an Economic Engine
  • Financing Conservation
  • Evaluating for Impact

Our faculty work closely with each Fellow to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues.

In addition to the classroom training sessions, the program includes field trips and excursions to learn about real-world conservation issues. Each year, the Fellows get the opportunity learn first hand about topics integral to the region’s landscapes, like sustainable forestry and fishing practices.

There is also ample time for exploring Bellingham and connecting with other Fellows. Fellows, faculty, and Kinship Foundation staff also gather for meal nights featuring international flavors and cuisines. During these informal gathering times as well as in the classroom, each year’s cohort forms bonds with each other, which become the foundation of life-long friendships. 

Benefits of the Fellowship

For attending the Fellowship in Bellingham, WA, Fellows receive a stipend of US$8000, net of customary U.S. tax withholding. 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 30%, resulting in a net payment of approximately $5600, subject to change based on then-current US tax laws)

How to Apply


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).

Selection Process

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


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