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Applications open for Kinship Conservation Fellows 2014


Kinship Foundation has opened applications for its 2014 cohort of Kinship Conservation Fellows. Eighteen applicants will be selected as fellows, awarded a $6,000 stipend and lodging for the month-long programme, and gain membership into a global community of environmental leaders.

Established in 2001, Kinship’s mission is to develop a community of leaders dedicated to collaborative approaches to environmental issues with an emphasis on market-based principles.

Kinship Conservation Fellows is an innovative environmental leadership programme that offers intensive, in-residence instruction in implementing conservation projects using market-based mechanisms.  During their month at Kinship, fellows look beyond their technical and scientific capacities to understand the economic and business contexts influencing conservation worldwide. To date, 191 fellows in 47 countries and six continents have been selected as Kinship Fellows.

Grounding theoretical economic, finance, and business concepts in practical and applied examples, Kinship’s curriculum features a case study approach to using market-based tools to achieve positive impact. Combined with its customised leadership component, Kinship prepares fellows to build capacity and implement their work at scale.

As a key component of the Kinship application process, each applicant must submit a detailed project description. Faculty members provide guidance to fellows as they hone their project throughout the month.

Kinship Conservation Fellows Director, Nigel Asquith said: “Kinship Conservation Fellows is an opportunity for mid-career conservation professionals to learn from expert practitioners, become part of a community of impressive peers, and spend a month refining their skills by presenting an individual project that reflects their learning.”

Kinship’s active learning community continues to support fellows well after the month-long programme. Through a growing network of regional chapters and affinity groups, Kinship provides access to opportunities for engaging in collaboration and sharing thought leadership.

The 2014 Kinship Conservation Fellows programme will take place on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington from June 29 through July 30, 2014.

Mid-career conservation practitioners with at least five years of field experience, a bachelor’s degree, and a demonstrated desire to innovate are encouraged to apply for consideration as a Kinship Fellow.  The online application form can be accessed at www.KinshipFellows.org. The application deadline is January 27, 2014.

For more information about Kinship Conservation Fellows, please contact Catherine Rabenstine at catherine.rabenstine@kinshipfoundation.org, or visit www.KinshipFellows.org.

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