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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Young Environmentalists

FSC believes that the more we understand about and take inspiration from the world around us the more we can appreciate its needs and protect its diversity for the future.

The natural environment is increasingly under threat. FSC wants to inspire young people to take an interest in and understand more about the natural world. This increased interest, knowledge and awareness can lead to a lifelong interest in the natural world and its conservation whether as an informed member of the public, an active volunteer or through a career.

Thanks to funding from The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust FSC has £5,000 per year for three years to support young people in need to attend specific FSC courses to develop environmental skills and understanding at a time when they are making career and life choices. When the funds are spent, no further grants will be offered until the start of the next year.

Are you eligible to apply for support?

  • Do you live in the UK?
  • Are you aged between 16 and 25 years old?
  • Can you demonstrate a need for financial support?
  • Do you want to attend one of our eligible courses?

If so then you can apply for up to 50% off the course fee and can ask for help with travel costs for the following:

Summer Camps

Duke of Edinburgh Conservation and Biodiversity focused residentials

A selection of our Natural History course programme - eligible 2018 courses are listed here

Demonstration of financial need

The responsibility to prove you are in financial need rests with the applicant. The application form includes a free text box to complete with any information the applicant feels is relevant. FSC will use this information to help make a decision as to whether support is offered. FSC may ask for evidence of financial need.

Examples of need could include:

  • Family or young person in receipt of Universal Credit or Income support
  • Young person in receipt of 16-19 Bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Young person is a Looked After Child or a Care Leaver
  • Young person is registered disabled

 We’re sorry but we can’t support every course. Young Environmentalists is unable to support the following:

  • Courses booked for young people through schools or to attend school curriculum courses
  • Young Darwin Scholars or Young Darwin courses
  • FSC Natural History courses which are NOT listed under the link above
  • Outdoor adventure Duke of Edinburgh residential courses run by FSC
  • Courses run at non-FSC locations
  • Young people aged under 16 or over 25 years
  • Work experience or work placements or Higher Education placements
  • Young people who live outside the UK

How can I apply?

Please complete this application form and post it or email to the contact address below.

You should apply at least 2 weeks before the course and you can only apply for support for one residential course or a maximum of three day courses per year. 

What happens once I have applied?

Applications will be looked at by a panel of FSC staff. We will tell you when we have received your application. We will try and tell you the outcome of your application within two weeks and we will send you this news by email.  Information confirming our offer and collecting your bank details will be included in your offer. Payment will be made by BACS direct into your bank account.

The decision to offer support will be based the information you have given us and how much money we have available. The decision made by the panel will be final and no appeals will be heard.

Depending on the level of support which is offered to you FSC may ask for a short report, reflecting on your experiences of how the course has helped improve your environmental knowledge and confidence.

Contact details:

Young Environmentalists
Jennie Comerford
FSC Head Office
Preston Montford
Shrewsbury
SY4 1HW

01743 852100

jennie@field-studies-council.org


Experiences from past Young Environmentalists 

Marine Plankton - 2017

Marine Microbiology - 2017