EDGE of Existence Fellowship Programme 324 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




The Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL’s) EDGE of Existence Programme is inviting early career conservation biologists and wildlife managers from from Asia and the Indo-Pacific islands to apply for the 2019-2021 EDGE Fellowship Programme, to enable them to work on poorly-known EDGE bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, shark or coral species.

A huge proportion of neglected EDGE species occur in developing countries, which frequently lack the capacity, resources or political will to protect them. The 2-year EDGE Fellowship programme thus equips promising early career conservationists with the skills and expertise to implement 2-year research and conservation projects on their countries’ little-known EDGE species.


The 2-year fellowship comprises:

  • A 4-week Conservation Tools training course at the beginning of the programme to provide Fellows with essential training in techniques to plan and implement their project;
  • A project grant of £10,000 to undertake a 2-year project on a top-priority EDGE species;
  • Ongoing technical support via online modules, web-based tutorials/seminars, and field visits throughout the Fellowship;
  • One-to-one support from a scientific advisor based at ZSL or a partner organisation; and
  • A 2-week Conservation Leadership training course in London on successful completion of Fellowship to help Fellows prepare for the next stage of their career.


Applicants have to be early career conservation biologists or wildlife managers with less than 10 years’ paid experience, whose work focuses on a priority EDGE species from the 2018 curated EDGE list of mammal, amphibian, reptile, bird, coral or shark species in their countries (see the Official Website for eligible species). Species not included in these lists will not be considered.

No formal qualifications are required but preference will be given to candidates with an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience. Applicants coming from areas where conservation capacity is most needed and where support is most likely to have a large impact will be strongly favoured. Projects in middle/high income countries are unlikely to be supported.

Applicants should be nationals and/or residents of the country in which the proposed focal species occurs. Those who live in the country where the project will take place, but who are not nationals of that country must demonstrate that they will remain in the country and have a long-term commitment to conservation in that country.

They have to be able to communicate in English. Non-native English speakers have to provide evidence that their English skills meet the minimum requirements (IELTS score 7.0, or TOEFL score 600, or internet based TOEFL score 100, or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C, or equivalent). Candidates must be computer literate and able to use basic Microsoft packages (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Those applying for a project that involves diving should:

  • Be “fit to dive” and able to pass a PADI diving medical;
  • Hold a PADI Advanced open water SCUBA Diving certification or equivalent; and
  • Have at least 30 logged dives.

Priority will be given to projects focusing on EDGE species that currently receive little or no conservation attention. Projects should fit into 1 of both of the following categories: 1) applied research and conservation planning; and/or 2) implementation of recommended conservation actions. Projects should include both a component of ecological research and data collection and a component of social research and outreach/education.


Applications are to be sent via email by 18 June 2018.

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