Future Conservationist Award

CLP Call for Proposals: increased funding amounts and increased number of eligible countries!

The Conservation Leadership Programme is now accepting applications to support projects in low and middle income countries and some high income islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. Funding will support early-career conservationists to conduct scientific research, encourage and promote pro-conservation attitudes and deliver tangible results to better conserve and manage the natural world. Deadline for applications is 11:59pm GMT on 24th November 2019.

** Update: CLP Awards site is now live!**

CLP is now accepting funding applications via our online awards site! All funding applications must be submitted online using this site.


We recommend that teams develop their proposals using the Word template provided and then copy and paste data into the application site. Please ensure that you select the correct awards category when you start your application. Applicants who have not previously been funded by CLP can only apply for a Future Conservationist Award. Please do not access the site using Internet Explorer. If you have any problems whilst making your online application, contact clp@birdlife.org

Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by the CLP Management team who will check that the project and team are eligible for funding. If your application is eligible, it will be reviewed by conservation experts who will rate your application based on feasibility, contribution to conservation and capacity development of the teams. Funding decisions will be made in March 2020 by the CLP Award Selection Committee and winners will be announced in April 2020.


In this funding round, a set of CLP Future Conservationist Awards, each worth $15,000, will be granted to teams of early-careers conservationists to conduct projects on target species that are listed as Data Deficient, Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Among other criteria, projects must take place in one of the eligible countries*, be led (or co-led) by a national of one of these countries, involve at least three people and last no more than 12 months.

In addition to project funding, CLP will invite one member of each Award-winning team to our international training course where they will learn about a range of conservation management and leadership topics as well as build a network with other early-career conservationists. Our training course helps awardees deliver their CLP projects and has also been credited for furthering participants’ career progression. It is a rewarding and life-changing experience!

As part of the award, winning teams are able to access expertise from within each of the three conservation partner organisations and via our Alumni Network that includes past award winners. Programme staff members are also available to advise on project implementation, including guidance required during the planning and team training stages.

The CLP Management Team is very open to supporting applicants pre-submission, so do not hesitate to contact us. CLP Ambassadors (previous award-winners who can be contacted directly) are also on-hand to deliver feedback and advice to applicants. CLP Ambassador support has proved to be very beneficial in the past, as described in this recent CLP winner’s blog. Read the following Ambassador Process PDF to understand how to participate. Then check the Google Sheet to read Ambassador biographies and access their email addresses.

2020 CLP Ambassador Process

* Eligible countries for this funding round are: non-high income economies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and South-eastern Europe and the Middle East. See guidelines for ineligible countries (high income and countries with whom trade or other dealings are prohibited under any sanctions or restricted party regime imposed by the UN, EU, UK and USA) and high income Caribbean and Pacific Island economies that are eligible.