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Kf cohort kayak trip 2014

Kinship Fellows on a kayak trip during the month-long training program.—Greg Martindale, 2014 Fellow

Become a Fellow

Join our global network of conservation leaders.

The Kinship Conservation Fellowship will return after Focus 2018. If you're interested in becoming a Fellow in 2019, sign up to be notified when applications open.

We select the best and the brightest practitioners in the field and award them a $6,000 stipend and a month of valuable, cutting-edge training. Our curriculum is delivered by a faculty of global experts who work closely with each carefully selected cohort of Fellows to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues.

With our case study methodology, Fellows find new solutions to real life conservation challenges. Over the course of a month, Fellows attend dynamic sessions, participate in collaborative and independent projects, and enjoy a rich, multi-faceted experience.

Beyond the training

Kinship Fellows join a community of practitioners where they continue to network and collaborate to address environmental challenges. Kinship's  global network of 264 Fellows in 58 countries across 7 continents is collaborative, innovative, and dedicated to effective conservation.

The Kinship Fellows' track record of success makes it clear that our investment benefits not only Fellows, but also their organizations, and the greater conservation community. Fellows bring home new ideas, tools, and inspiration.


We're looking for conservation leaders with at least five years of experience, who are deeply committed to conservation, involved with the implementation of market-based approaches to solve environmental problems, and ready to be part of an expanding community of global leaders.

A key part of the Fellows application is a proposed project describing an environmental issue related to the applicant's work and the plans to develop a solution using market approaches.

Successful applicants will be familiar with business and economic principles and work in a setting where these principles can be integrated with conservation work. 18 applicants are selected to participate in the training program.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a minimum of a four-year U.S. college degree (or its equivalent).
  • Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience, after completing a degree.
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Be a conservation practitioner (rather than an academic or researcher).

How we select our candidates

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Proposed project viability and appropriateness
  • Leadership potential
  • Potential contribution to the month-long program and to an ongoing community of leaders
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