CoalitionWILD believes that through education, connections and support, rising leaders can create a positive impact on our planet. There are countless opportunities around the world to be a part of training and fellowship programs. Below are just a few of our favorite. We are constantly looking to grow our database, supporting well established programs from around the world that offer rising leaders an opportunity to get involved and learn skills to help propel their careers and leadership abilities to the next level.


Are you a leader of a program you would like to see listed here, or have you been a part of an outstanding experience you would like to share? Tell us about it!

Current Opportunities

SEED Foundation Seeks Grant Proposals

SEED Foundation is seeking proposals to finance the pilot phase of an innovative agriculture project. Therefore, SEED Foundation takes the role of an incubator to allow, later on, the development of the other phases of the project. The grant will be between € 7,000 and € 15,000, spread over a maximum of 3 years. It will represent between 10% and 70% of the total budget of the project. The overall budget for this call for proposals is of 45,000 euros.
Selection criteria: The project’s innovation must be in its pilot phase, it must take place in an eligible African country, the project must be sustainable. Attention: make sure the applicant and its local partners are eligible! : French organization of general interest that is able to issue tax receipts. Must have similar experiences in the agricultural development domain in Africa

Colorado State University

Colorado State University’s Center for Protected Area Management is pleased to announce its 2016 program of conservation short courses in English and Spanish dealing with protected area management and sustainable tourism.

International Sustainability School 2016

International Sustainability School revolves around 10 days experience designed to give you new skills, friends, ideas and inspiration. It is an opportunity to see, feel and know more about sustainability. We give Sustainability Fellows an opportunity to experience grassroot realities as well as learn concrete skills from experts while also discovering themselves. This is a physically, mentally and socially engaging program where participants enrich themselves, the communities they visit and each other.

Mosaics in Science Internship Program

The Mosaics in Science Internship Program provides youth that are under-represented in natural resource science career fields with on-the-ground, science-based, work experience with the National Park Service. Established in 2013, this multidisciplinary program provides opportunities to work on inventorying and monitoring, research, GIS and other technologies, and interpretation and education projects. After the internships, a career workshop is held in Washington DC where the interns present the results of their work, are exposed to different science careers, and develop skills to apply for a federal job.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Masters course in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM)

The two-year Masters programme enables students and early career environmental professionals to respond to complex environmental challenges, especially in an international context. The programme offers interdisciplinary modules delivered by experts of environmental science, policy and management. This includes courses such as ‘The Water, Food and Energy Nexus’ and ‘Marine Ecosystems’, which provide students with an in-depth understanding of global water issues.
The deadlines for applications are February 4, 2016 (for individuals applying for financial aid) and May 3, 2016 (for self-financing applicants).

Part-time Oxford Water Network Coordinator

The Oxford Water Network Coordinator will play a pivotal role in Oxford’s water research, coordinating internal and external communications and engagement, and holding responsibility for administration of the network. The post is based at the Environmental Change Institute but will require engagement with all of the University departments involved in water-related research and/or education. The successful candidate will be an experienced science communicator, events organiser and able to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and researchers at all levels. You will be a self-starter and able to take initiative and develop new opportunities. This will ideally be combined with a good understanding of and willingness to learn about a broad range of water issues.

International Ranger Training Course

Colorado State University’s Center for Protected Area Management (CPAM) is pleased to offer an intensive, 9-day mobile training course for English speaking rangers from around the world from May 12-21, 2016. The course will be held prior to, and in conjunction with, the 8th World Ranger Congress in Estes Park, Colorado USA adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park.

2016 Conservation Leadership Programme Team Awards

Applications for the 2016 Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Conservation Team Awards are now open! CLP aims to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in high-priority places with limited capacity to address conservation issues. This partnership initiative, including BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been helping young conservationists across the world achieve their goals for 30 years. The programme works toward its aims by offering awards, training and mentoring support. The application deadline for ALL award types is 7 December 2015.

Global Landscapes Forum

Applications are now open for 50 young innovators (aged 18-35) to take part in the Global Landscapes Forum Youth in Landscape Initiative activities, in Paris from 1-4 December. Are you ready to tackle one of the 5 landscape challenges, with a team of 10 passionate young people? Join us in Paris to tackle these challenges! For more information and to apply see the new Youth in Landscapes Initiative website (beta).http://bit.ly/1WweLXz

TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition & Debate

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to invite schoolchildren around the world (ages 7-17) to share their thoughts on the future of sustainable cities.
To take part, schools must submit their essays before the closing date (15th Dec).
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a free trip to Dubai for up to three people, and all participating schools will be invited to the TSL 2016 International Schools Debates in Dubai, UAE (17-21 April 2016).

African Youth Conference on Climate Change

The African Youth Initiative Climate Change (AYICC) www.ayicc.net is convening the first edition of the African Youth Conference on Climate Change (AfriYOCC) on the Theme: ‘’African Youth Responses to Climate Change and Food Security, Action from the Frontline’’ from the 26th to 27th October 2015 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The event will be held as a Pre-Youth Event of the Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA V) organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), from the 28 to 30 October 2015 .

The call for applications for ”Youth Participants” from age 18 to 35 to apply for (AfriYOCC) is now officially launched. Travel costs, feeding and accommodation, will be provided for successful applicants.

Call for entries – UN-Habitat has launched a new Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

UN-Habitat has launched a new Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award to acknowledge and recognize young men and women throughout the world who have developed innovative programmes, practices, activities and solutions to the social, economic, political and environmental challenges facing their communities. The total amount of the prize pool is USD 200,000 and the individual cash grant will be USD 20,000 given to two winners in each of the following categories:

1. Youth Leadership,
2. Green inventions and Innovations,
3. Urban Ecological Safety,
4. Youth Entrepreneurship, and
5. Social and cultural innovations.

Apply by 31 August 2015.

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Forum

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF10) will take place in Malta from 22-26 November 2015 under the theme ”Adding Global Value. Young people aged 15-29 from Commonwealth countries could attend the Forum through their National Youth Councils. There is also a possibility to attend as an observer and get sponsored for your travel, accommodation and meals for the duration of the Forum. A call for application to receive sponsorship is available at http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/cyf10/

Research Award: Agriculture and Food Security Program

AFS is looking for a Research Award Recipient to conduct research on opportunities and strategies for youth engagement in agri-food value chains for improved food security. The research will help to develop a practical framework for identifying and documenting successful examples of youth in agri-food businesses and for connecting youth agribusinesses with private sector actors, business-oriented organisations, and government initiatives that can help them to achieve large-scale impacts. The research will pay particular attention to field-tested best practices, bottlenecks, and pathways for reaching and benefiting more youth in agri-food value chains. Apply by 6 August 2015.

Pura Vida

Pura Vida (PV) is an experiential learning program designed to encourage Latino middle and high-school students from Jackson, WY, USA to utilize Grand Teton National Park’s incredible resources. Participants will be engaged in outdoor activities, leadership training, mentoring, and stewardship projects during one spring break session and two summer sessions. Throughout the program, students learn about various career opportunities within the NPS and other conservation-focused organizations.

Youth Conservation Program

Youth Conservation Program (YCP) is an education, stewardship, and employment opportunity for high school students in Grand Teton National Park. Throughout the ten-week program, the crew provides much-needed repairs and improvements on heavily used park trails and historic sites. Participants will learn valuable job skills and develop outdoor recreation skills and wilderness stewardship ethics. Learn more about this unique job opportunity by watching this video https://vimeo.com/118453720.

Scholarships available for Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM)

The International Water Centre (IWC) is currently offering several full scholarships for high calibre international candidates* interested in studying the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2016 at The University of Queensland (UQ). The MIWM program is custom-designed and collaboratively delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from IWC’s founding member universities. Students can choose between three specialisation streams including ‘International development’, ‘Urban water’ and ‘Water, land and people’.

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge is accepting applications for your most innovative science and tech solutions to combat wildlife trafficking. Interested organizations or individuals have until June 30 to complete a short Concept Note describing themselves, their solution, and how it might scale to achieve greater impact. Get started by registering for an account and starting your Concept Note today. The Challenge is looking for solutions that address one or more of four wildlife trafficking issues: (1) detecting transit routes; (2) strengthening forensic evidence; (3) reducing consumer demand ; and (4) tackling corruption . Check out our website for downloadable briefs to reference as you complete your Concept Note.

Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation

The 3rd round of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation from the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia has now opened. This extra-occupational programme combines joint learning on key conservation topics with management and leadership training, excursions to leading nature conservation institutions, and a transfer project. Application documents and further information about the programme are available at www.bfn.de/klaus-toepfer-fellowship.html. Application deadline for the 2015-2017 programme is 30 June, 2015.

Youth Environmental Grantmaking program

The program is open to any individual age 22 and under working on an environmental issue anywhere in the world. We define “environmental issues” as conserving, protecting, restoring and/or advocating for the ecosystems upon which our civilization depends. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting February 26, 2015 and open until the money runs out! Includes:
-20 seed grants of $1000 each made to youth who are involved in grassroots environmental projects
-Second-round funding of up to $5000 per project offered in Fall 2015
-Promotional support for certain projects
-Capacity building and leadership development training offered through Youth Empowered Action Camp.

Paddling with Purpose

We are advocating for a free flowing Rio Marañon in Peru, demonstrating from grass roots to government that large scale dams are a thing of the past, and are not sustainable development. Especially when the cost includes native communities and endemic/endangered species.

If any young people from Peru wish to join our team, send us an email.
We also have positions for volunteer raft guides and safety kayakers to help make our expeditions possible.

Additionally, we are always on the lookout for people to help with graphic design and/ or film edition. The graphic design could be done from almost anywhere in the world, so is a really great way to get involved, even if you are somewhere else!

2015 Eco-Hero Awards

Action For Nature has created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16. AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. We believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet. Winners will receive public recognition, cash prizes and certificates for their outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment. Just as importantly, winners will serve as role models for other young people by demonstrating that each individual can make a difference. Learn more and apply!

Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL)

The Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) training program helps jump-start early career conservation professionals through a combination of skills training, networking opportunities with peers and established practitioners and the completion of a global wildlife conservation initiative.

Zoological Society of London EDGE of Existence Fellowship

The EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) Fellowship programme provides structured training to early-career conservation biologists to undertake an applied research or conservation project on a local EDGE species.

Nature Bridge

NatureBridge is committed to helping teachers and outdoor professionals develop as lifelong learners. The programs are designed to support the work you do in your classroom by matching state and national standards with your classroom’s needs. They help you develop your skills by providing resources, teaching tips, and workshops you can use in your classrooms or out in the field.

Conservation Leadership Programme

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of four conservation organizations working to promote the development of future biodiversity conservation leaders by providing a range of awards, training and mentoring support via an active international network of practitioners.

The Student Conservation Association

Tap into the Student Conservation Association’s nationwide network of young conservationists and explore green career opportunities with professional internships in the field. Whether your dream is to lead public programs as a park ranger, trek the backcountry as a field scientist,or explore new sustainability solutions as an urban planner, SCA has something for you.

The NPS (National Park Service) Academy

A career preparatory diversity initiative for undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the National Park Service (NPS) are looking for young men and women who are interested in discovering and exploring the many career opportunities available in today’s Park Service. In this unique opportunity, participants will gain valuable work experience as well as access to key leaders within NPS. The NPS Academy maximizes career
opportunities with the Park Service through training and hands-on experiences. Successful candidates will come equipped with enthusiasm, professionalism, and a strong work ethic.

IUCN Young Professionals

The Young Professionals (YP) Group of The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is a voluntary group and a collective forum of like-minded youth and young professionals associated with protected areas and conservation in diverse capacities. Membership of the group is
by invitation, on the basis of individual interest and relevant experiences in relation to protected areas as well as a willingness to assist in a voluntary capacity with the work of WCPA in general and the YP Group in particular. YPs are 35 years old or younger.

Toyota’s Together Green Program

The Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship Program invests in promising and proven leaders who are committed to empowering others and to creating positive environmental change in their communities and organizations. Each Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow will receive professional development opportunities, a $10,000 grant to help support an innovative community-based conservation project, and an opportunity to network with a cadre of committed leaders.

Russell E. Train Fellowship – WWF

Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree. Applicants from select WWF-US priority countries must meet all of the eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.

Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Conservation Fellowship

Since 2009, The Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program of Conservation International has announced two calls for fellows under the “Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship,” with the aim of strengthening the capacity of individuals and their organizations on topics such as climate change, biodiversity and management of conservation areas, among others. With the experience gained from the last two rounds of the fellowship program, it has been decided to focus the geographic target areas of the fellowship. The Amazon Basin, East Africa and Asia indigenous peoples will have the opportunity to participate in the 2013 – 2014 fellowship call.

Institute for Conservation Leadership

The Institute for Conservation Leadership offers a number of learning opportunities through public programs and workshops around North America, ranging from one hour to one year in length. They have been carefully crafted to take advantage of the latest learning tools and
provide organizational and leadership training specific to conservation and environmental non-profits.

Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC)

The CLC engages students in summer employment and volunteer projects that provide hands-on conservation experience and training to build their leadership skills, develop a strong work ethic, and gain a personal sense of stewardship for the environment. The program seeks to create the next generation of environmental stewards.

Environmental Leadership Program

Our National Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through immersive retreats, our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. With the assistance of professional coaching and peer learning, each Fellow develops a Personal Leadership Plan.