Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 545 views

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In conjunction with the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., EUROPARC Federation (EF) annually awards the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships to 3 young promising conservationists, to undertake study visits in Protected Areas in 2017. The scholarships are intended to fund study visits in 2018 on eligible themes to 1 or more protected areas in a European country beyond the scholar’s home country.

The 2017 scholarship awardees will be invited to the Awarding ceremony at EUROPARC Conference 2017 to be held on 6th to 10th September 2017 in Portugal.

This year, the categories open for applications are:

  • Biodiversity and Climate Change: Importance of values of N2000 sites and protected areas on reducing impacts of climate change and implementing the EU Biodiversity Strategy
  • Sustainable Development in Protected Areas: Contribution to a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy
  • Opportunities for Health and Well-being in Protected Areas: Contribution of protected areas to safeguard the European citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and wellbeing
  • Parks for People: Approaches and strategies to address local communities and how to involve particular groups into activities or management of protected areas

Candidates have to indicate which theme they are choosing in the application form and explain their motivations.


The scholarship award is € 3,000.


Students and graduates of higher educational institutions who are studying an environmentally relevant topic related to Protected Area management and employees of European Protected Areas or nature conservation institutions may apply for the scholarship. Applicants must be European nationals and below 35 years of age, who are promising young conservationists committed to working for the benefit of Protected Areas. An important selection criterion is a convincing presentation of the applicant’s professional and personal reasons for the planned study visit.


Applications are to be done online by 28 April 2017.

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