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The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development organization (YPARD) has created an incredible list on available funding opportunities which are posted on their website: www.ypard.net/opportunity/funding. This service is provided in partnership with Terra Viva Grants

Below you will fin the latest funding opportunities:

Whitley Fund for Nature -- Whitley Awards 2016

Deadline: 31 Oct 2015

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) offers “Whitley Awards” to outstanding biodiversity conservation leaders in developing countries around the world. The awards are both an international prize and a form of project funding, currently £35 thousand over one year. Whitley Awards are open to biodiversity conservation leaders working in countries or regions of which they are nationals, and that are not defined as high-income economies by the World Bank (with exceptions). The application deadline is 31 October 2015.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- Asian Elephant Conservation Fund 2016

Deadline: 02 Nov 2015

As part of its program "Wildlife Without Borders," the USFWS makes grants for the conservation of selected wildlife species, including Asian elephants. Grants are for applied research, training, conservation management, community outreach, law enforcement, decreased human-wildlife conflicts, and other activities in conservation. Preference is for proposals that request less than US$50 thousand and that are able to provide some amount of matching support.

UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) -- Commonwealth Scholarships 2016

Deadline: 19 Nov 2015

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) funds the Commonwealth Scholarships for master’s and PhD studies in the UK for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. Scholarships are awarded annually across all subjects, with priority for applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development. There is a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships in each Commonwealth country, with contact details provided in the announcement. Inquiries about the scholarships should be directed to this agency. The application deadline is 19 November 2015.

Morris Animal Foundation -- Wildlife Health and Welfare 2016

Deadline: 18 Nov 2015

The Morris Animal Foundation supports research on animal health and welfare, including wildlife/exotics. The Foundation invites proposals in several categories (i.e., established investigator; first award; fellowship training; pilot study). The application deadline for wildlife/exotics is 18 November 2015. (Note: The Foundation also manages a wildlife rapid response fund that has no calendar deadlines.)

University of California at Davis -- LEAP Fellowships for Agricultural Research at U.S. Universities

Deadline: 02 Dec 2015

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries for agricultural research at universities in the USA. The program currently invites applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Each research project is coordinated by a university in the student's home country, a university in the USA, and a mentor in the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The next application deadline is 02 December 2015.

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) -- FLASH Research with Brazil and India 2015-2016

Deadline: 31 Dec 2015

EPFL's Cooperation and Development Center announces FLASH Research Projects for Swiss partnerships with Brazil and India. FLASH aims to enable researchers to react quickly in case of exceptional events by setting up joint research projects. Among other categories, exceptional events that merit a flash response include floods, drought, landslides, and similar environmental disruptions. There is no restriction as to where the studied event takes place. The maximum funding per project is CHF 100 thousand. Applications will be accepted until the earmarked funds are fully allocated.

University of Basel -- Swiss-African Research Cooperation (SARECO)

Deadline: 31 Dec 2015

In partnership with Switzerland's State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the University of Basel manages SARECO to advance the collaboration between Swiss and African researchers.  The current call focuses on "kick-starting" grants for exchange visits, joint seminars, and joint workshops. The eligible countries are Switzerland plus Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia. Grants will not exceed CHF 10 thousand. The application deadline is 31 December 2015.

Harvard University -- Environmental Fellowships 2016

Deadline: 13 Jan 2016

Harvard University's Center for the Environment will award six environmental fellowships for 2016. The fellowships enable recent doctorate recipients to use Harvard’s resources to tackle complex environmental problems. Eligibility for funding extends to candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any subject area from any university in the world. Moreover, candidates may propose research projects in any discipline. The fellowships are US$62 thousand per year, in addition to other benefits. The deadline for applications is 13 January 2016.

American Philosophical Society -- Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research 2016

Deadline: 01 Feb 2016

The Fund supports doctoral students to collect specimens and data in disciplines relying heavily on field studies, e.g., including biology, ecology, geography, and others. Applicants from the USA may use the grants for research anywhere in the world. Applicants from other countries must be based at an institution in the USA, or carry out their work in the USA. The grants are up to US$5 thousand. The next closing date for applications is 01 February 2016.

American Society of Primatologists (ASP) -- Conservation Grants and Awards 2016

Deadline: 02 Apr 2016

ASP supports students and young researchers from habitat countries who are engaged in primate conservation. (i) The Conservation Small Grants of up to US$2 thousand support conservation research or related projects, including conservation education. (ii) The Conservation Award of US$750 recognizes students and young investigators in habitat countries who demonstrate potential for making significant and continuing contributions to primate conservation. Applications for grants will be accepted 01 through 31 January 2016; nominations for the awards need to be submitted by 02 April 2016.

Weeden Foundation -- Grants for Conservation in Chile and Russia

Deadline: 12 Feb 2016

The Weeden Foundation makes grants for biodiversity conservation in the USA and internationally. The Foundation's international priorities are the Patagonia region of Chile, and the Altai Republic of Russia. The Foundation requests letters of inquiry (LOI) at least one month before proposal deadlines. The next deadline for applications (English, Spanish) is 12 February 2016.

Field Museum -- Visiting Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

Deadline: 30 Jan 2016

The Field Museum (Chicago, USA) supports basic research on its collections by interested students and scholars throughout the world. The Museum offers a modest number of grants and fellowships, including funding for short-term visits of up to three months for collection-based research studies. Grants to examine specimens in the Museum's collections are open on a competitive basis to all individuals in the national and international scholarly community working on problems related to natural history. The deadline to apply for the visiting scholarships is 01 November 2015.

Wild Gift -- Fellowship Support for Young Social Entrepreneurs on Climate Change

Deadline: 01 Jan 2016

The Wild Gift Network invites applications for a new class of social entrepreneurs to join its network. The program is open to applicants ages 21-35 in the USA and Canada. The selected leaders will be supported for projects anywhere in the world on the themes of climate adaptation and climate change mitigation. Grants are up to US$10 thousand for projects of 16 months. Applicants must be able to participate in a three-week wilderness orientation and training session in Idaho, USA. The application deadline is 01 January 2016.

Australia Awards for Africa -- Scholarships and Fellowships for Africans 2016

Deadline: 30 Nov 2015

Australia Awards funds qualified African candidates for masters studies in Australia in priority subjects that include agriculture and food security; natural resource management (including mining and mining governance); public policy; health; and water and sanitation. Additionally, the program offers short-term fellowships for professional training in Africa and/or Australia. The announcement identifies the eligible countries and application deadlines, most of which are 30 November 2015 or 18 December 2015 -- verify for your country.

University of St. Andrews -- St. Andrews Prize for the Environment 2016

Deadline: 31 Oct 2015

The annual St Andrews Prize for the Environment recognizes significant contributions to environmental conservation in the developing world. Projects that have won in the past include subjects such as water management; agriculture and food security; by-products from waste; renewable energy; and others. The Prize consists of an award of US$100 thousand and a medal. Awards of US$25 thousand are presented to each of two other finalists. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2015.

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) -- Support for Masters Studies in Tropical Forestry 2016

Deadline: 30 Oct 2015

Germany's DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) will fund a limited number of scholarships for applicants from developing countries to enroll in TUD's 2-year masters program in tropical forestry. Applicants must hold a university degree in forestry, agriculture, horticulture, or other related field. The deadline to apply for DAAD scholarships is 30 October 2015.

African Union -- Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards 2015

Deadline: 15 Nov 2015

The African Union (AU) honors outstanding African scientists through the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards for fields that include agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, and energy innovation (among others). The program seeks to recognize outstanding science at the continental level for which it awards a prize of US$100 thousand. It also makes regional scientific awards to African women of US$20 thousand each. The application deadline for regional scientific awards for African women is 30 October 2015.

Explorers Club -- Grants for Exploration and Youth Activities 2016

Deadline: 19 Oct 2015

The Explorers Club invites applications for its (i) Youth Activity Fund; and (ii) Exploration Fund. The Youth Activity Fund Grant supports high school students and college undergraduates to foster a new generation of explorers. The Exploration Fund Grant is for graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early-career post-doctoral students. The Explorers Club considers proposals in disciplines that include climate change, marine science, plants and molds, animals, conservation science, and others. There are no restrictions by nationalities or country of residence.

U.S. Department of State -- Fulbright/Clinton Fellowship 2016-2017

Deadline: 13 Oct 2015

The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton (Fulbright-Clinton) Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The fellowships provide professional experience and research opportunities in public policy areas that include agriculture, energy, environment, and others. Host countries in 2016-2017 are the African Union, Burma (Myanmar), Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Samoa, Timor-Leste, and Ukraine. Eligibility for the fellowships is limited to U.S. citizens. The application deadline is 13 October 2015.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) -- Public Awareness on Climate Change

Deadline: 11 Oct 2015

The UNDP announces a climate change storytelling contest to raise public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions in actions by individuals and governments in vulnerable developing countries. The contest provides young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in advance of COP21 in Paris later this year. The contest is open to qualified journalists 35 years of age and under from developing countries vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)

Deadline: 05 Oct 2015

The U.S. EPA invites proposals in support of INECE, an informal international partnership promoting compliance and enforcement of domestic and international environmental laws through networking, capacity building, and enforcement cooperation. EPA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement from this announcement, subject to availability of funds and the quality of proposals received. The award amount is US$750 thousand over four years. The application deadline is 05 October 2015.