Darwin Initiative: applying for a Darwin Fellowship Award

A Darwin Fellowship Award provides funding to a UK host organisation to enable promising individuals from developing countries to come to the UK for a period of training or research.

You can read more about a successful fellowship award in this case study.

How to apply

Before applying, please read the Round 23 - Guidance.

Once you have read the guidance, please complete the Fellowship Projects application form (MS Word Document, 156KB) .

Completed applications should be sent to Darwin-Applications@LTSI.co.uk by 7 November 2016.

When to apply

The timetable for Round 23 small schemes is set out below:

  • Late September 2016 - call for applications
  • 7 November 2016 - deadline for applications
  • February 2017 - notification of outcome to all applicants
  • From 1 April 2017 – earliest start date for successful Darwin Fellowships

Who can apply

The host organisation where the individual will carry out the training or research must be in the UK.

The individual would usually be:

  • from a developing country
  • involved in a recent or current Darwin Initiative project; or
  • directly involved in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and
  • working in biodiversity or related fields

Funding available

There is no specific minimum or maximum level for a Fellowship Award. On average a typical Darwin Fellowship award is around £20,000-£25,000 and covers a period of training in the UK of around 12 months.