WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation


2015-12-01 - 2016-01-05

Forestry Scholarships

National Scholarships



The WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships (PBS) are awarded to individuals from East and South who wish to pursue formal studies or professional training in the field of conservation.

Under the patronage of the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and to pay a lasting tribute to the Founder President of WWF and The 1001: A Nature Trust, the Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund for Nature Conservation was created in 1991 to help build conservation expertise and leadership in the developing world.

With the generous support of The 1001: A Nature Trust, the aim of the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships is to provide financial support to individuals who wish to pursue short-term professional training or formal studies that will help them contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in their country. Each scholarship empowers a dedicated conservationist to build his or her capacity. In turn, these people are in a position to share the benefits of their knowledge and skills with others and so spread the benefits.

Who should apply?
As a priority, the PBS support mid-career training (up to a maximum of one year) for individuals working in the field of conservation or associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation. Applications from candidates doing multiple-year studies will only be considered if the applicant is applying for support for the last year of studies.

Applications are encouraged from people seeking to build skills in specific subjects that will enhance their contribution to nature conservation. In particular, women and people working for non-governmental or community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Only nationals from Africa/Madagascar, Asia/Pacific, Latin America & Carribean, Eastern Europe & Middle East will be considered, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF. Preference is given to those who seek support for studies in their country or region and provide proof that they are also seeking funding from other sources. Applicants must provide written proof of acceptance on a course.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted to the candidate's nearest WWF Office or Associate and the deadline for submission is mid-January of each year. Download the application form clicking this link: pbs_info___application_form_english.doc

Each WWF Office or Associate carries out an initial screening of the applications they have received to make their recommendations to the PBS selection committee, which meets in April each year. Only those applications recommended by a WWF Office or Associate will be considered.

Amounts Awarded
The maximum amount for any one scholarship under this scheme is CHF 10,000, and preferential consideration is given to requests for less than CHF 10,000.

Scholarships information for Nepalese Candidates

The WWF Prince Bernhardt Scholarship Fund for Nature Conservation was established in 1991 in honour of WWF's Founder President, the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The aim of the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund (PBS) is to provide financial supportto individuals wishing to pursue short term professional training or formal studies that will help them contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in Nepal.

Detailed information in this regard and the application form can be downloaded from www.wwfnepal.org. Interested applicants are requested to send an application letter, completed application form and all supporting documents to the below listed email address by 17:oo hours on 5th January 2016. Emails without the required documents will not be entertained. Hard copies may also be submitted at WWF Nepal Office, Baluwatar or at any of the following project offices:

  1. TAL-Corridors and Bottlenecks Restoration Project, Dhangadhi, Kailali, Tel: + 91 524025
  2. TAL-Protected Area and Buffer Zone Support Project, Ratnanagar, Chitwan, Tel: + 56 561296
  3. SHL-Langtang National Park and Buffer Zone Support Project, Rasuwa, Tel: + 10 670187
  4. KRBM -Dudhkoshi Sub-Basin Project, Salleri, Solukhumbu, Tel: +38 520410
  5. KRBM -Indrawati Sub-Basin Project, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Tel: + 11 490953
  6. CHAL - Hariyo Ban Program, Pokhara, Kaski, Tel: +61537771

Applications should be addressed to:

[email protected] OR

WWF Nepal, PO Box 7660, Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal

(Please write the name of the scholarship applied for on the envelope and email subject)