Emerging Scientist Training Opportunities

Our work enabling scientists

Earthwatch supports scientific training opportunities for conservationists who are underfunded and in need of practical field experience. This enables future environmental leaders to realise their potential and ensure long-lasting, positive impacts on their community and the environment.

In 2017 we have three unique training opportunities available for emerging scientists with interests in coral reef conservation, community engagement and protected area management. Please read on for further details.

For more than 20 years, Earthwatch has enhanced the skills and experience of talented environmentalists in the early stages of their careers. Through vital conservation research training on Earthwatch projects, research grants and a global business mentoring scheme more than 760 scientists have been empowered to take strides in their careers.

Coral Communities in the Seychelles

Our project Coral Communities in the Seychelles focuses on coral reef conservation within the Curieuse Island Marine Park, and investigates the socio-economic impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing on local coastal fishing communities in the island of Praslin.

Earthwatch is proud to offer valuable capacity building training opportunities on this project to enhance the skills and experience of talented early career conservationists and environmentalists since 2008.

Coral Communities on the Seychelles is directed by Professor David Smith, senior lecturer in Marine Biology from the University of Essex, and supported by the Seychelles National Park Authority. This vital work is carried out in partnership with the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Read about Mariette from the Seychelles Island Foundation and her experience with Coral Communities in the Seychelles in 2016 here.

Fully funded places available

In 2017 Earthwatch is offering places on the Coral Communities in the Seychelles programme. For experienced divers there is the opportunity to join coral reef conservation specialists helping to carry out their research in the marine park. For environmentalists and young researchers with an interest and/or experience of working with communities around environmental challenges there is the opportunity to join the social science research and training team.

Applicants must be:

  • from the Seychelles or within the Indian Ocean region including East and Southern African countries. Nominations from candidates outside of this region will not be considered.
  • nominated by their university, institution or organisation.
  • experienced and highly competent scuba divers in order to be eligible to join the coral reef conservation training.

The deadline for applications in January 30th 2017.

If you would like to receive further information about the training places available in April/May 2017 and how to apply please contact info@earthwatch.org.uk.

Neville Shulman Awards

Thanks to the kind support of Neville Shulman CBE, Earthwatch has been able to offer between six and eight grants each year to enable early career scientists to implement an environmental research or education-based project from proposal to completion.

We are pleased to announce that in 2016 Earthwatch supported the following research projects and grant winners amongst others.

Candidate Country Research project title
Nelly Jepkirui Kenya Seasonality, Host Age and Sex Effects on Prevalence
and Diversity of Helminth Infection in Jackson’s Hartebeest
Philip Faure South Africa From Conflict to Coexistence: Farmers and Predators
Sharing Space in South Africa
Tahiry Randrianjafimanana Madagascar Feasibility Study on Mangrove Reforestation in Nosy
Hara Marine Park to Benefit Community, Conservation and Climate

We will be announcing the 2017 winners in Janaury 2017. Watch this space.

Earth Skills Network

The Earth Skills Network is unique collaboration between Earthwatch, UNESCO, IUCN and businesses. The Earth Skills Network connects leaders from the business to the conservation community through mentoring and skill-sharing opportunities. The knowledge gained through this global network provides new resources to safeguard the future of vital conservation areas.

Read more about the Earth Skills Network programme and get involved here.

We depend on funding and support from funding agencies, businesses and generous individuals to continue our outstanding programme of training emerging scientists. If you are interested in making a contribution please contact development@earthwatch.org.uk

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