Field Studies Council has supported 350 Young Darwin scholars across more than a decade.

In 2023, nearly 400 young people applied for a scholarship. This included people from communities who struggle the most to access environmental education and careers. Right now, the demand for scholarships far exceeds our charitable funds.

As a charity, the Field Studies Council relies on donations to support people aged 16-25 who can’t afford training, especially marginalised young people.

With your help, we can help hundreds more young people. Together, we can train the next generation of biodiversity champions.

If you feel able, please donate to help young people by choosing your amount below.

“I hadn’t considered that one small application would forge such a pathway through my life. The Field Studies Council Young Darwin Scholarship planted and continues to grow my passion for the environment and sustainability.”   

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What will my donation achieve

Every pound you donate will help young people understand and access the natural environment upon which we all depend. 

Your gift will support marginalised young people who struggle to access the natural history sector and often feel alone in their interests.

The scholarship immerses young people in the outdoors and provides the tools and experiences necessary to develop their skill set It is also an opportunity for them to connect with a community of like-minded young people and industry professionals.

We remove barriers faced by young people by contributing towards their accommodation, travel, hand lenses, and taxonomic guides. Young people continue to be supported by us for 3 years following on from their scholarship, through expert advice and unique and inspiring events.

Read more about Young Darwin Scholarships.

“If I was awarded the Young Darwin Scholarship, not only would I be able to pick up new skills and learn from experienced and dedicated professionals, but I will also be able to learn from like-minded individuals my own age – the people who I will work with moving forward to protect our planet.’’    


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“I want to learn as much as possible about different aspects of conservation, nature and the environment from tutors and other students. The scholarship would enable me to go on more courses and improve my practical skills which would be useful in my volunteering work.”


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