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


Chicago, IL—Kinship Foundation today announced the opening of applications for its 2020 Kinship Conservation Fellowship. 18 applicants will be selected as Fellows.

The month-long, in-residence Fellowship focuses on market-based conservation. Delivered by a faculty of global experts, the leadership training program takes a case-study approach. Through interactive discussions, systems-thinking exercises, and peer-learning sessions, Fellows are presented with innovative solutions that they can apply to challenges they face in their work. 

"My time at the Kinship Conservation Fellowship in 2017 has proven invaluable in my personal and professional growth as a conservation practitioner," said Shashank Srinivasan, a 2017 Fellow from India. "Discussing conservation issues with people from around the world was the best way possible to learn about how market-based tools could offer potential solutions to conservation challenges. I highly recommend that mid-career professionals who wish to understand the role of the market in conservation apply to join the Fellowship in 2020."

Beyond the training, Fellows become part of a global community, supported through regional chapters, affinity groups, in person events, mentorship, and learning exchanges, where they can connect with past cohorts and conservation practitioners to combine skills and resources to accelerate change and maximize conservation impact.

“2020 Fellows will be taught by a stellar faculty from around the world,” said program director, Nigel Asquith. “We bring in experts in economics, finance, project management, leadership and conservation business, all of whom help to make an absolutely unparalleled learning experience.” 

The Fellowship is open to conservation practitioners with at least five years of experience. Successful applicants should be familiar with business and economic principles, and work in a setting where these principles can be integrated with conservation work. The Fellowship will be held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, from June 28-July 29, 2020. Housing for the month and a stipend are included with the award. Applications are only accepted online and must be submitted by January 12, 2020. 

About Kinship Conservation Fellows

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.