2020 Kinship Conservation FELLOWSHIP

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Only the best and the brightest practitioners in the field are chosen to become Fellows. Those who are selected receive a month of valuable training and a $6,000 stipend. The curriculum is delivered by a faculty of global experts who work closely with each carefully selected cohort of Fellows to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues.

Using a case study methodology, Fellows identify new solutions to real life conservation challenges. Over the course of the month, Fellows attend dynamic sessions, participate in collaborative and independent projects, and attend field trips.

Beyond the training

Kinship Fellows join a community of practitioners, where they continue to network and collaborate to address environmental challenges. The global network of 282 Fellows in 51 countries across 7 continents is collaborative, innovative, and dedicated to effective conservation.

Fellows bring home new ideas, tools, and inspiration. Their success benefits their organizations and the greater conservation community.

What does it mean to be a Kinship Fellow? Listen to Tanya Bryan’s story:


We’re looking for conservation leaders with at least five years of on the ground experience, who are deeply committed to conservation, involved with the implementation of market-based approaches to solve environmental problems, and ready to be part of an expanding community of global leaders.

key part of the Fellows application is a proposed project describing an environmental issue related to the applicant’s work and the plans to develop a solution using market approaches.

Successful applicants will be familiar with business and economic principles and work in a setting where these principles can be integrated with conservation work. 18 applicants are selected to participate in the training program.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a minimum of a four-year U.S. college degree (or its equivalent).
  • Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience, after completing a degree.
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Be a conservation practitioner (rather than an academic or researcher).

How we select our candidates

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Proposed project viability and appropriateness
  • Leadership potential
  • Potential contribution at the Fellowship program and ongoing membership in the Fellows Community

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM U.S. Central Standard Time on January 12, 2020.

The 2020 Fellowship will take place from June 28 through July 29, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.

Applicants must use the online application to apply to the Fellowship. Here is what is required in the application:


  • Summary of your leadership experience. (150 words)
  • Why you wish to attend the Kinship Fellows program. (150 words)
  • What you see yourself doing in five years. (250 words)
  • Summary of your experience working with market-based tools. (250 words)
  • Description of a project or an environmental challenge or issue in your work and how you plan to develop a solution using market-based approaches. (350 words)
  • Your role in the project previously described. (150 words)

Your resume should reflect at least five full years of experience working in an environmental field. Five years cannot include time spent pursuing a degree.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation: One from a current employer and one from a colleague. The selection panel will use these letters to assess each applicant’s capacity for leadership. Specific examples include:

  • Your ability to take action on conservation issues
  • Your ability to mobilize and motivate others
  • Your capacity to produce innovative solutions to complex environmental problems
  • Your potential to contribute to an ongoing community of leaders

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you submit your application,our system will automatically send instructions on how your letter writers can upload their letters. They will not be able to upload a letter until your application is fully submitted. Please ask your letter writers to prepare the one page letter in advance (PDF, Word or JPEG format) so that they will be able to meet the submission deadline. Letters MUST be uploaded directly by the letter writer no later than January 19, 2020. As a reminder, applications are due January 12, 2020, but letters of recommendation will be accepted until January 19, 2020.

Apply now for the 2020 Fellowship.

Download a sample application here.

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