By Ariel Miller, ESRAG Newsletter Editor

Heartfelt thanks to British Rotaractor Rob Sisson for alerting ESRAG to the World Wildlife Fund’s new funding opportunity for Latin Americans studying for advanced degrees in conservation.  The deadline to apply is May 15. Please share it immediately with scholars you know from eligible countries.  Access the application here. The site provides grant guidelines in either Spanish  or English.

The Fonseca Leadership Program is a program of WWF’s Russell E Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It will provide financial support to nationals of eligible countries within WWF-US and GEF priority areas who are already enrolled or considering a master’s or PhD program in research relevant to applied conservation. Eligible countries include: Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Suriname.

Master’s degree applicants may apply for up to two years of funding and PhD applicants can request up to three years, for up to $30,000 per year. The amount of funding approved will vary. Accepted applicants will be notified by July 2024. Any questions about the application process or program should be directed to