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Kf cohort kayak trip 2014

Fellows go on a kayak trip during the Fellowship program.—Greg Martindale, 2014 Fellow

Fellowship FAQs

Experience and references

What is meant by five years of experience?
Applicants should have five years of field experience in addition to a bachelor's degree. Work done while pursuing a degree does not factor into these five years.

When are letters of recommendation due?
Letters of recommendation are due by the closing time and date of program applications. Applications missing letters of recommendation may be disqualified.

In what form should letters of recommendation be submitted?
Letters of recommendation must be submitted to the program by the person providing the recommendation. They cannot be uploaded with your application. Letters of recommendation should be e-mailed as a PDF or JPEG to

I'm an independent consultant and don't have an employer. Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Request a letter of recommendation from a client, a peer, or a former employer.

What if my contact information or referee changes between the time I submitted the application and the review period?
E-mail with any relevant changes.


When are applications due?
Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM US Central Standard Time or 11:00 PM GMT on January 8, 2019.

Can I mail a printed form of my application?
No, all applications must be submitted online. Email if you have questions about using the online form.

In what language should my application materials be submitted?
Submit all materials in English.

Does Kinship accept international applicants?
Yes, roughly half of the 18 Fellows accepted each year come from outside of the United States.

Who reviews the applications?
All applicants are first verified as eligible by Kinship Conservation Fellows staff and then are evaluated by the Fellows selection committee.

Where and when does the 2019 program take place?
The program will be held on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington from June 30 through July 31, 2019.

How many people participate in the program?
There are 18 participants in a cohort.

When are the candidates notified?
Candidates are notified by mid-April and shortly thereafter, the names of the 2019 Kinship Conservation Fellows will be posted on the Kinship Fellows website.


Are taxes withheld from the $6,000 stipend?
Withholding is subject to US IRS regulations and various conditions may apply. For further information, please email

Can a Fellows stipend be used to fund graduate school?
No, the Kinship Fellows stipend is for a one month in-residence training program.

Who pays for my travel costs to Bellingham, Washington?
Fellows are responsible for their own travel costs.

Apply now for the 2019 Fellowship.

Application deadline: January 8, 2019

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