Darwin Initiative: Fellowship Awards

Darwin Initiative: applying for a Darwin Fellowship Award

Fellowship funding is aimed at building capacity in developing countries.

The Fellowship programme is intended to support Fellows to draw on UK technical and scientific expertise in the fields of biodiversity and sustainable development to broaden their knowledge and experience.

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

How to apply

You will need to apply online for Round 27 Darwin Initiative Fellowship projects through the Flexi grant application portal.

Before applying, please read the Guidance notes for applicants (round 27) and the The Darwin Initiative: Fellowship award Flexi-Grant user guide.

Once you have read the guidance, complete the Darwin Fellowship Round 27 application form on the Flexigrant application portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Darwin Fellowship Round 27 application form (MS Word Document, 152KB) useful.

When to apply

The timetable for Round 27 Darwin Fellowship Awards is set out below:

  • application process opens: 14 July 2020
  • deadline for applications: 19 January 2021
  • expected notification of successful projects: end of May 2021
  • expected start date for successful projects: from July 2021

Who can apply

Applications for Fellowship funding should come from an organisation (the Lead Organisation) and not an individual. There should be a named individual within the Lead Organisation responsible for the application, called the Project Leader. The host organisation where the individual will carry out the training or research must be in the UK.

The Lead Organisation:

  • must have expertise in natural resource management
  • can be either a public or private sector organisation
  • should provide experts from within the organisation with a proven track record and at the forefront of their discipline(s) to work closely with or supervise the Fellow. This expertise is typically expected to be a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience

Darwin Fellowships will support promising individuals who:

  • have a link with a recent or current Darwin Initiative project or
  • are currently involved directly in the implementation of the key biodiversity conventions and agreements listed above

Further information is available in the guidance.

Funding available

Eligible costs (depending on the nature of the Fellowship) include a monthly subsistence, Lead organisation expenses, travel costs and fees for academic qualifications. Further information on Darwin Fellowship awards can be found in the Darwin Round 27 Guidance.

Case study

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

Published 16 May 2014
Last updated 14 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance on how to apply for Round 27 Darwin Initiative.

  2. Updated to include application form for round 26 which is now open for applications.

  3. Updated the guidance under the 'How to apply' heading to make it clear applications need to be submitted through the Flexigrant application portal.

  4. Added information on how to apply for Darwin Fellowship Award round 25.

  5. Added information on how to apply for Darwin Fellowship Award round 24.

  6. Application form for fellowship awards added as application period is now open.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Open access version of the application form added.

  10. Announcing that the period for submitting Darwin Initiative Round 22 Darwin Fellowship applications is now open.

  11. Update on Darwin Initiative Round 22 - Darwin fellowship scheme

  12. 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) .

  13. The application window is now open to apply for Fellowship funding under Round 21 of the Darwin Initiative.

  14. First published.