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Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship 2019/2020

Deadline: November 2, 2018

Conservation International invites interested indigenous and traditional peoples organizations to nominate candidates for the 2019-2020 Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship cycle. The Fellowship focuses on supporting indigenous peoples and elevating their voices in the dialogue around climate resilience and conservation. The fellowship offers individualized support to fellows, in an effort to enhance and expand leadership, as well as to provide learning opportunities and connections for personal and professional development.

Through this fellowship, they are creating opportunities for indigenous leaders to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss using the traditional knowledge of men and women.

Indigenous and traditional peoples’ knowledge, together with biodiversity and climate-related science, can help communities facing increasing threats on their lands and territories to confront the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. At the same time, a better understanding of how men and women interact with their environment, and the development of culturally appropriate methods to better engage everyone in management efforts, will help to confront the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.


For the 2019-2020 fellowship cycle, Conservation International will be supporting two distinct fellowship tracks under the Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship:

  1. Indigenous Women’s fellowship: This fellowship focuses specifically on advancing indigenous women’s leadership in the climate and conservation space. Two fellows will be supported in this track.
  2. Emerging Indigenous Leaders fellowship: This fellowship focuses specifically on identifying and elevating emerging indigenous leaders interested in applying traditional knowledge to climate and conservation solutions. Two fellows will be supported in this track.


The fellowship includes the following elements:

  • Community-based climate resilience project or research: financial and technical support to enhance/build upon the fellow’s existing work/projects.
  • Mentoring & connecting: connections to CI field offices/staff that can both support the fellow throughout the fellowship and provide CI with unique perspectives and insights. Where possible, connections and mentoring will also be fostered between the fellow and other indigenous leaders (such as previous fellows, CI’s Indigenous Advisory Group members and regional networks).
  • Skills-building/professional development: discretionary funds for the fellow to use for enhancing his/her professional skills and knowledge – such as technical skills, language classes or conferences.
  • Influencing others: use the fellowship as a platform to advocate for indigenous peoples’ active participation in environmental conservation – for example with organizations, local governments, at the community, national and regional levels.


  • There are no limitations by age, gender, or education.


Nominations are due via email to [email protected] by November 2, 2018.

For more information, visit Conservation International.

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