Russell E. Train Fellowships for Ugandan Wildlife Conservation Leaders

Deadline: 1 March 2019

To understand the various dimensions of human-wildlife conflict and coexistence, EFN, in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), is seeking applications to offer fellowships to current and aspiring wildlife conservation leaders from Uganda to obtain their PhD from MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Applicants must conduct research intending to develop sustainable solutions for elephant crop-raiding.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this opportunity, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen and legal permanent resident of Uganda.
  • Have applied or are admitted to a PhD at MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. (Please note that a fellowship award is dependent on admission to MSU).
  • Conduct research intending to develop sustainable solutions for elephant crop-raiding.
  • Plan to begin their studies no later than January 2020.
  • Have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to working long-term in conservation in Uganda.
  • Commit to returning to Uganda and working for at least two years in conservation upon completion of your degree.
  • Have not received a Train Fellowship or Scholarship in the past.
  • Contact EFN if candidates are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant

Selection Process

Candidates are selected through a competitive, merit-based process. An independent, interdisciplinary panel of experts will be convened to review applications and to identify the top candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Potential impact of proposed research
  • Commitment to conservation education in home country
  • Academic achievement
  • Professional qualifications

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit

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