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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Darwin Scholars Programme

This inspiring programme offers comprehensive biodiversity training to ‘up and coming’ scientists enabling them to build their own knowledge, and also help to address the global shortage of skills in this area.

Designed for young scientists from around the world or studying or working in biology or ecology, the short scholars programme aims to develop “better naturalists” in the spirit of Darwin’s love of nature and observing the natural world.  Activities, excursions, lectures and workshops will focus on skills of observation and identification, recording biodiversity, and communicating biodiversity to different target groups. 

In 2016 we will be running the 9th Darwin Scholars Programme.

How do you apply?

We are looking for up to 25 scholars from countries across the world to join each of the Darwin Scholars Programmes in 2016. Before you apply please make sure that you are able to meet these criteria:

  • You are aged 35 or under;
  • You are studying for or have a degree in Ecology, Biology or related subject;
  • You are an undergraduate, postgraduate, postdoctoral student, young lecturer or work for an environmental organisation;
  • You can speak and read English well. This is very important. There will be no interpretation or translation facilities;
  • You have the support of your University or other organisation for the Scholars programme.

There is no application form. To apply you will need to send us:

1. Your CV
Your CV can be in any format that is usual for your country – but must include your home and work addresses, email and telephone contacts, and skype address if you have one. You must also include the name of two referees we can write to. Please do not include reference letters with your application. Do try and keep to less than 5 pages.

2. A short letter in English
Your letter should be of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you want to take part in the scholars programme. It should provide the following information – why you want to become a Darwin scholar, your personal assessment of your identification/observation capacity, your views on how well science is communicated to a wider audience and the role of scientists in education and what you will do with the new skills that you gain through the scholarship. You need to persuade us that you are the young, dynamic and enthusiastic scientist we are looking for from your country.

3. A letter of support
A letter from your University or organisation that states clearly that you have permission to take part in the scholars programme.

4. Bursary
We are offering a limited number of buraries of 550 GBP. Please state if you wish to be considered for the bursary.

Your application should reach the Field Studies Council not later than 11th March 2016. It is not necessary to have guaranteed funding before making your application.

Your application should be emailed to [email protected]