Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 646 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. The call is being made for applications for the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2018. The scholarships are intended to fund study visits in 2019 on eligible themes to 1 or more protected areas in a European country beyond the scholar’s home country.

The 2018 scholarship awardees will be invited to attend the EUROPARC Conference 2018 and the Awarding Ceremony which will be held from 18-21 September 2018, at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort in the stunning Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. The theme for the EUROPARC Conference 2018 is ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’, which emphasis is on what Parks can learn from young people and what changes need to be made to manage protected areas for future generations.

Scholarship applicants have to address 1 of the following themes faced by Protected Area Management:

  1. 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;
  2. Sustainable Development in Protected Areas – Contribution to a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy;
  3. 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; or
  4. 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.


Three scholarships will be awarded, each to the value of €3,000. The Alfred Toepfer Stiftung covers the full travel costs and conference fee for the scholars to participate at the Conference 2018 (or awards ceremony). In addition, scholars will have the opportunity of participating in activities and summer courses within the scholarship programme of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.


Students and recent graduates of higher educational institutions who are studying or have studied topics 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.

The study visit has to be undertaken in at least 1 European country, beyond the applicant’s home country. The choice (both in number and relevance) of the visited Protected Areas and countries will be an important selection criterion. Applicants must demonstrate that their study visit will bring real benefit to their professional tasks. 5. The study visit should be undertaken in 2019. An extension for up to 2 months can be granted if a deserving request is made 3 months prior to end of the award period.


Applications are to be done online by 4 May 2018.

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