120 Young Darwin Scholars from 2012-2019

The Young Darwin Scholarship is an FSC initiative to encourage and support young people who have a real interest in the natural world – to develop the next generation of ‘Darwins’.

The Field Studies Council has awarded 120 Young Darwin Scholarships since the programme started in 2012. 

In 2021, we want to ambitiously expand by awarding 75 scholarships. We also expanding the scholarship age range from 16-17 to 16-25 and there will now be five weeks to choose from rather than one(age dependent). 

Applications are now open for 2021:

  • Young Darwin Scholars looking at insects
  • Ian Cheeseborough teaching Young Darwin Scholars about bees
  • young people learning outdoors
  • Young Darwin Scholar looking at insect with hand held microscope

Previously, Scholars attended a five-day residential trip at in Shropshire, the home of Charles Darwin. Scholars would then have the option to meet at a reunion at an FSC site and to attend subsidised courses. They built friendships and were able to advise and support each other through a dedicated Facebook group. Above all, they enjoyed spending time with other Young Darwin Scholars; people of their own age who have a similar enthusiasm and interest in the natural world. 

It’s a great opportunity to meet new people that share the same interests and learn more about the natural world from the experts.

Ellie B, Young Darwin Scholar 

Going forward, FSC’s Young Darwin Scholarship is keeping a similar residential format, but the scholarship does not end after the trip! Scholars will continue to be supported with a dedicated member of FSC staff, exclusive webinars for scholars, heavily subsidised places on FSC’s Eco-Skills courses about biodiversity, conservation days, and behind the scenes tours in areas that are environmentally engaging.  

I cannot highlight how much of a wonderful and educational experience the scholarship was. It has provided me with so much and was an experience I won’t ever forget. It is worth taking the time to apply because if you succeed, you will be rewarded by meeting a bunch of inspiring experts, such great people!

Abbie B, Young Darwin Scholar 

Past scholars have continued to study ecology and biology through university degrees and pHDs. They have secured green careers in ecology and conservation, and many are volunteering with various environmental organisations.  

This has all been possible thanks to previous support from The Jean Jackson Trust, The Cross Hills Naturalists’ Society Duncan Clough Grant, The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, The Royal Entomological Society and individual donations. 

As well as enhancing my data recording skills and my ability to identify a whole range of wildlife, the beginning of the scholarship has taught me how to make the most out of being a naturalist, and I only anticipate how it will help me in the future with a myriad of opportunities to come

Oliver S, Young Darwin Scholar 2017 

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  • 2019 Young Darwin Scholars out in the countryside
  • 2019 Young Darwin Scholars in canoes
  • 2019 Young Darwin Scholarsin Shropshire
  • 2019 Young Darwin Scholars in canoes
  • 2019 Young Darwin Scholars in Shropshire
  • 2019 Young Darwin Scholars looking at a mouse
  • 2019 Young Darwin Scholars at FSC Preston Montford

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