Bee eater in Okavango Delta, Botswana, 2007. —Cecilia Simon, 2014 Fellow


Chicago, IL—Kinship Foundation today announced the opening of applications for its 2017 Kinship Conservation Fellows program. 18 applicants will be selected as Fellows and awarded a $6,000 stipend.

The month-long, in-residence program is delivered by a faculty of global experts using a case study approach where participants design and evaluate market-driven conservation approaches through interactive discussions, system-thinking exercises, and peer-learning sessions. “The program provides Fellows with the tools to lead conservation programs by demonstrating the power of market-based tools and collaborative practices,” says Kinship Conservation Fellows Director, Nigel Asquith. “Through real-world examples, Fellows learn how to adapt and apply similar strategies to their own work.”

The program is open to conservation leaders with at least five years of experience. Successful applicants will be familiar with business and economic principles and work in a setting where these principles can be integrated with conservation work. “The fellowship offered a much richer understanding of the impact investment sector than I could ever have gained on my own, and in an interactive, applied-learning format that integrated the knowledge into my everyday practices,” says 2015 Fellow, Emy Brawley. “The perspectives and skills I gained during the fellowship allowed me to exercise a broader leadership role within my organization and beyond.” 

The Fellows program will be held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, from June 25-July 26, 2017. In addition to the stipend, housing for the month is included with the award. Applications are only accepted online and must be submitted by January 16, 2017. 

About the Kinship Conservation Fellows Program
Established in 2001, Kinship Conservation Fellows mission is to develop a community of leaders dedicated to collaborative approaches to environmental issues with an emphasis on market-based principles.
About Kinship Foundation
Kinship Foundation is a private operating foundation established to advance the institutional philanthropy of the Searle Family. The Foundation has three areas of focus: biomedical research, environmental conservation and education. Its work includes developing and supporting Chicago-based grant making initiatives through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; administering the Searle Scholars Program, a national biomedical research grant program; and operating Kinship Conservation Fellows, a global environmental leadership program.