Darwin Initiative: Fellowship Awards

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 Guidance notes for applicants (round 24) (PDF).

Once you have read the guidance, complete the Fellowship Projects application form (MS Word Document, 174KB) .

When to apply

The timetable for Round 24 Darwin Fellowship Awards is set out below:

  • application process opens: Thursday 27 July 2017
  • deadline for applications: Thursday 4 January 2018.
  • expected notification of successful projects: May 2018
  • expected start date for successful projects: From 1 July 2018

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. The funding pot is however limited. Further information on the size of Darwin Fellowship awards can be found in the Darwin Round 24 Guidance.

Case study

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

Published 16 May 2014
Last updated 27 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added information on how to apply for Darwin Fellowship Award round 24.
  2. Application form for fellowship awards added as application period is now open.
  3. Alerting the public that Round 23 is now open inviting Stage 1 applications for Darwin Initiative main projects only and more information on Darwin Fellowship applications will be available in due course.
  4. Updating the website to confirm that Round 22 is now closed and Round 23 will be launched in Summer 2016 and announcing that a recruitment exercise for new members of the Darwin Expert Committee is now open.
  5. Open access version of the application form added.
  6. Announcing that the period for submitting Darwin Initiative Round 22 Darwin Fellowship applications is now open.
  7. Update on Darwin Initiative Round 22 - Darwin fellowship scheme
  8. Darwin Initiative - Round 22 is currently open for main round project applications only. Applications for Darwin Fellowship Awards will invited later this year (alongside applications for Post Projects and Scoping Porjects) .
  9. The application window is now open to apply for Fellowship funding under Round 21 of the Darwin Initiative.
  10. First published.