• Partially Funded

Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation and related fields. Each year, WWF supports committed conservation leaders and scientists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and research.

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EFN invites applications from the current and next generation of researchers and practitioners to pursue graduate-level studies (master’s and PhDs) geared towards research that cultivates a better understanding of the place-based nature of food system transformation. There is substantial evidence at the global scale of the urgent need for food system transformation. Still, less attention has been paid to how transformations toward more healthy and sustainable food systems might play out at the national level. This includes understanding the social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental dimensions of such a transformation in different countries and contexts.

The aim of the fellowship is to support individuals to develop evidence-based, innovative, and interdisciplinary research on food system transformation at the national level to build a better understanding of the country-specific actions that need to be taken to transform food systems to improve human health and foster environmental sustainability. This research will catalyze an improved understanding of the country-specific nature of food system transformation with a focus on the strategies that will support national and global efforts to create a more sustainable food future.

To strengthen local capacity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) seeks to support current and aspiring faculty members to pursue PhD degrees in-country, regionally, or globally. The objective of this competitive fellowship is to advance the development of a critical mass of outstanding and well-trained experts, natural and social scientists, and practitioners who will continue to increase the learning, research, and engagement in conservation science and leadership.




  • Applicants may apply for up to two years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year.




  • You must be a citizen and legal permanent resident of an eligible country.
  • You must have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
  • You must have a demonstrated commitment to working in conservation in an eligible country.
  • You must be enrolled in, admitted to, or have applied to a master’s or PhD program anywhere in the world
  • You must plan to begin your studies no later than January 2024.
  • You must contact EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient to determine eligibility.
  • You must submit all required documents by the application deadline (February 1, 2023).



Eligible Regions: Belize, Brazil, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Dem. Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay; Peru, Republic of Congo, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam.

Application Process

  • Applicants can access the online application and guidelines at www.worldwildlife.org/efn.
  • Applicants may apply in English, Spanish, French, or Portugues

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Application Deadline: February 2, 2023

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