Applications Open for the 2016 Kinship Conservation Fellows Program

Written by on November 11, 2015 in Other News

Kinship Conservation FellowsKinship Foundation announced the opening of its application for the 2016 cohort of Kinship Conservation Fellows. Eighteen applicants will be selected as Fellows, awarded a $6,000 stipend and lodging for the month-long environmental leadership training program.

Kinship Conservation Fellows program offers intensive, in-residence instruction implementing market-based tools on conservation projects. 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, 228 Fellows in 51 countries across all continents have been selected as Kinship Fellows.

“Kinship Fellows have the opportunity to learn from expert faculty from all over the world. These faculty members have defined how market-based tools are used in conservation today,” says Kinship Conservation Fellows Director, Nigel Asquith. “Fellows become part of a collaborative community of impressive peers around the world–a network they are part of for the rest of their career.”

Fellows are carefully selected from diverse regions and with varying environmental interests. The program is delivered by renowned faculty and includes individualized coaching sessions and a curriculum focused on conservation finance, leadership, and business and management practices.

“Kinship was a turning point in my life. It made me realize that I could go from doing good things to doing great things and that I am not alone. I met the most amazing conservation leaders that are, like me, trying to make a difference. Now that we met, we can do it together,” said Cecilia Simon, a 2014 Fellow.

The 2016 program will be held on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, from June 26 through July 27, 2016. Mid-career conservation practitioners with at least five years of field experience, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and a familiarity with market-based mechanisms are encouraged to apply.

The online application can be accessed at The application deadline is January 18, 2016.

2014 Cohort of Kinship Fellows.

2014 Cohort of Kinship Fellows.

About the Kinship Conservation Fellows Program
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. For more information, contact Catherine Rabenstine at (312) 803-6200,, or visit

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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