• Partially Funded
  • London

The call for 2024-2026 EDGE Fellowship applications is now OPEN.

They are only receiving applications from Latin America, the Pacific & the Caribbean islands in 2023. One of the most effective ways ZSL’s EDGE of Existence program works to secure the future of EDGE species is by awarding two-year Fellowships to future conservation leaders – EDGE Fellows – who are dedicated to the conservation of poorly-known EDGE species.

Project type
Your proposed project should fit into one or both of the following categories:
(1) Applied research and conservation planning

  • A novel piece of scientific research that fills a knowledge gap and contributes to the conservation of an EDGE species. The key output will be the production (and potential publication) of a scientific study, such as an update of the species’ population, distribution, and extinction risk or a social and political situation analysis or work that contributes to a better understanding of local ecological knowledge and human interaction with the species.
  • Development of conservation action planning recommendations arrived at through stakeholder consultation. These recommendations will inform the production of the key output of all EDGE Fellowships: a species conservation strategy known as an “EDGE Survival Blueprint.”

(2) Implementation of recommended conservation actions

  • The implementation of conservation actions to reduce major threats to the species and improve the conservation status of the species and its habitat. An appropriate participatory planning process should have recommended the conservation actions. The key output would be a report outlining how the project progressed towards achieving its aims and the conservation benefits achieved for the study species.

Successful projects must:

  • Contribute to the vision of the EDGE of Existence program.
  •  Propose appropriate research and relevant conservation actions.
  •  Maximise stakeholder participation.
  •  Have strong in-country support.
  •  Provide evidence the project will contribute toward a more favorable conservation status for the species.
  •  Demonstrate feasibility and value for money.
  •  Highlight the individual’s leadership quality and dedication to conserving the species




  • The two-year Fellowship comprises of:

    • 4-week Conservation Tools training course at the beginning of the program to provide Fellows with essential training in techniques to plan and implement their project;
    • A grant of £10,000 to undertake a 2-year project on a top-priority EDGE species;
    • Ongoing technical support via online modules, web-based tutorials/seminars, and field visits throughout the Fellowship;
    • One-to-one support from a scientific advisor based at ZSL or a partner organization;
    • 2-week Conservation Impact training course in London to help Fellows prepare for the next stage of their career.


  •  Fellowships are aimed at early-career (less than ten years paid experience) conservationists. No formal qualifications are required, but preference will be given to candidates with at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Applications are strongly favoured from areas where conservation capacity is most needed and where support is most likely to have a large impact. Projects in all countries outside of G7 Nations, the EU, New Zealand, Australia, and South Korea will be considered. However, if you are from one of these countries and feel you can justify your need for training, please contact the EDGE team at [email protected] before applying.
  •  Applicants should be nationals and/or residents of the country where the proposed focal species occurs. If you live in the country where your project will take place but are not a national, you must demonstrate that you will remain there and have a long-term commitment to conservation in that country.
  •  They do not normally accept applications from nationals of higher-income countries who temporarily reside in an eligible country. If this applies to candidates  and they can make a case for support, please contact the EDGE team to check your eligibility at [email protected] before applying.
  • Individuals must be able to communicate in English. If the applicant is not a native English speaker, they must provide evidence that their English skills meet the minimum requirements (IELTS score 7.0, or TOEFL score 600, or internet based TOEFL score 100, or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C, or equivalent) OR please ask two referees to comment on English ability, as well as ability to work in English. They hold all interviews in English.
  •  EDGE Fellowships are awarded as two-year projects and are non-transferable.
  • Support must be provided to the applicant by an in-country supervisor, for example, a university project supervisor, senior colleague or associate. The in-country supervisor must commit to supporting you over the two years.
  • Individuals must be computer literate and able to use basic Microsoft packages (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Those applying for a project that involves diving should:
    – Be “fit to dive” and able to pass a PADI diving medical.
    – Hold a PADI Advanced open water SCUBA Diving certification or equivalent.
    – Have at least 30 logged dives.
Eligible Regions: Projects in all countries outside of G7 Nations, the EU, New Zealand, Australia, and South Korea will be considered. However, if you are from one of these countries and feel you can justify your need for training

Application Process

  • The project must focus on a fish, gymnosperm, mammal, amphibian, reptile, bird, shark, or ray EDGE species found on the 2023 curated EDGE list.
  • Priority is given to EDGE species where limited research has been done and/or that currently receive little or no conservation attention.
  • Projects should fit into the following categories: (1) applied research and conservation planning; (2) implementation of recommended conservation actions.
  • EDGE fellowships must include both an ecological component and a social component. They, therefore, look for both components in a successful application.
  • Follow the instructions given in the form  https://www.edgeofexistence.org/wpcontent/uploads/2023/04/EDGE_Fellowship_application_guidelines_2023.pdf.
  • Download the application form https://www.edgeofexistence.org/wpcontent/uploads/2023/04/EDGE_Fellowship_application_form_2023.docx.
  • Complete the application in English.
  • Prepare other required documentation.
  • Arrange for two references, one of which must be from your in-country supervisor, to be emailed to [email protected]
  • Submit your application by 23:59 (BST), 16th July 2023, to the EDGE team at [email protected]

Application Deadline: July 16, 2023

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For Further Queries

If you have queries please get in touch with the EDGE team at [email protected] before applying.
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