Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship 2018/19

2018-11-29 - 2019-01-27

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Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Scholarship

In honor of Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer and her life-long commitment to conservation, WWF has established a memorial scholarship fund that will provide financial assistance to students from Nepal who are currently employed in or intend to pursue careers in nature conservation. Recognizing the tremendous loss of leadership with Jill’s untimely and tragic death, through this fund WWF will help build a new generation of conservation leaders to take on the many challenges facing Nepal in preserving its rich natural heritage.

To encourage bright and promising students from Nepal to continue or pursue careers in nature conservation, each year WWF will award one scholarship, in the name of Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer who would like to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the field of environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal.


The scholarship recipient will receive Nepali Rupees. 569,400.00 over a period of 4 years to cover tuition, field equipment and field tour fees, living expenses, books and supplies, and thesis research costs while pursuing their bachelor’s degree in a conservation-related field at a university in Nepal. Scholars will also have the opportunity to interact with WWF staff on conservation projects in Nepal. WWF reserves the sole right to reduce or split the scholarship amount between deserving candidates if needed. 


All Nepali citizens who have applied or have been admitted to a Bachelor's degree program in a conservation-related field at a university in Nepal are eligible to apply. Students must begin classes after July 2018.


Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial scholar is selected through a competitive, merit-based process. A selection committee is convened to review all eligible applications, interview candidates, and select a pool of finalists. Finalists are chosen based on the following criteria:


  • Applicants will be judged on their academic achievement (SLC & 10+2 or equivalent results) and motivation and commitment to conservation in Nepal and performance during the personal interview.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from regions where WWF has active field projects.

An independent selection committee will review all eligible applications and select the person who best fulfills these requirements as the winner of the Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship.

The application deadline for Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship is 27th January 2019

Please send your application to:

Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship

WWF Nepal Program

Baluwatar, Post Box 7660

Kathmandu, Nepal


Send an email with subject line “Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship 2017/18” to:

[email protected]


Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Scholarship Application Form.pdf