[Call for Applications] Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme for nature conservation professionals - Deadline 30 May 2017
The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is implemented by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) - the central scientific authority of the German federal government for both national and international nature conservation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) support the programme.
The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is open to early-career conservation professionals (Government, NGOs, Academia or similar), from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, who preferably have at least three years of professional experience and preferably are not older than 35 years.
The programme aims at emerging conservation leaders that have the support of their home organizations to attend the course, and a clear commitment to a career in their country of origin.
The programme complements the range of national and international workshops and seminars on nature conservation topics offered by the agency’s International Nature Conservation Academy with a fellowship programme for early-career conservation professionals. Prof. Klaus Toepfer, the former UNEP Director, is the patron for the programme.
The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme takes an integrated approach to the development of the personal capacity of early-career conservation professionals. It combines technical learning, management training and network development support. The programme puts high-potential individuals into the centre of capacity development, while closely cooperating with delegating institutions and promoting the participants’ commitment and contribution to them. The programme’s modules will be conducted in English.
The application period for the 2017-2019 cycle of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is now open. Application deadline is 30 May, 2017.
The following documents are required for application. Please note that there are three standard forms (application form, endorsement form, nomination letter) that need to be downloaded and filled in for application:
- Completed application form (please download template)
- Diploma of highest academic degree
- Language diploma if available – highest level obtained (please note that English language skills are a prerequisite to participate in the programme. If no language diploma is available, language skills will be tested via telephone interviews and/or online examinations)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Nomination letter of employing institution (please download template)
- Endorsement form filled in by employing institution and one additional person/institution (please download template)
- Scan copy of passport
Please name the application form and all other files with your name (e.g., application_firstname_lastname.doc) and send the documents as word or pdf files. Please note that applications that do not include ALL the above documents can not be accepted. All of the documents should be written in English. Only the endorsement letter can be written in Russian as well.
Source and further information: BfN