Since 1994, the World Wildlife Fund - Russel E. Train Education for Nature program has provided scholarships for conservation training and education to 2,340 grantees from a long list of countries representing the "global south", where biodiversity issues are most pressing and capacity generally least available. Scgis has had a long history of support from EFN, dating back to 2003 when Nasser Olwero of Kenya and Aldo Farias of Chile and Patricio Pliscoff were first supported to become part of the SCGIS scholars program.
EFN and the SCGIS Scholarship Program share many common values, from the belief in the power of a single committed individual to change their country's conservation landscape, to the responsibility of professionals in countries with resources to give back and help mentor their colleagues in countries with limited access. 2017 marks the beginning of a closer relationship, with changes in SCGIS deadlines to permit more scholars to apply to EFN and providing more support resources to help scholars and chapters take advantage of their programs. The current list of countries in the global south eligible for EFN support is provided at the right. Scholars from these countries are eligible for EFN funding that will provide full support for your SCGIS training expenses. These are called the "Professional Development Grants" in the EFN program, and in their seperate "Alumni Grants" they permit prior grantees to apply for additional training, very useful in a field like conservation GIS where the science and technology both change rapidly from year to year. These are competitive grants but the SCGIS relationship allows us to plan for the likelihood of 3-4 of these being available for our scholars, and even more for any applicants from Mozambique and Myanmar, which have special dedicated funding to support scholars. Those of you interested in pursuing graduate-level multi-year degree training should look at the "Russel E. Train Fellowships".
SCGIS Changes for EFN in 2017 include an earlier SCGIS Deadline of around Dec 15th in order to allow your chapter or mentor, and SCGIS International, to review your application in time for the EFN global deadline of Jan 30th, 2017. In this case you will not need to create your own direct EFN application, your SCGIS application will serve that role. However, in case you are interested in applying for OTHER workshops outside of SCGIS, the direct links to their scholarship forms are provided below.
CHAPTER / MENTOR WORKSHOP GRANTS:
In addition, chapters and mentors in these countries can apply for a "Local Conservation Grant" program that can provide up to $7k to put on a local SCGIS Conservation GIS Training workshop. These grants are harder to get, but we feel that by setting up your training workshop within SCGIS and drawing upon the growing international network of certified Train-the-Trainer program (TTT) teachers, you will have a very strong case to make for EFN funding. We are working on further resources with the TTT program to assist you in these applications, so please check this page regularly for updates.
SCGIS 2017 EFN Funding Frequently Asked Questions:
Deadlines: are set independently by each chapter/mentor/reviewer but generally speaking applicant deadlines will be between Dec15 and Dec 30, 2016 for the EFN "early decision" funding
When is the "early decision" date that I can expect to hear if I was accepted? This is a new program, requiring a new collaboration between SCGIS and EFN so we cannot say with complete certainty, but the plan is for us to begin informing EFN grantees by mid February 2017. By comparison, the scheduled date for SCGIS "regular program" notifications to begin is late March, 2017.
Can I apply to BOTH the new EFN program funding and the traditional program? ABSOLUTELY! EFN is just an earlier deadline, for the specific list of countries listed in the application form. If you are in one of those countries and you get your application returned in time for the "EARLY DECISION - EFN" deadline then you are automatically applied to both EFN and Standard programs
Backup Email Addresses for questions: Your chapter or mentor are the primary place to go for questions as they are running the spplications process in each region. If however you are not able to get your questions answered from them you can contact Mervyn Lotter, email@example.com, or Abu Diyan: firstname.lastname@example.org . ..or SCGIS Int'l Committee email; email@example.com
SCGIS 2017 Profiles and Links to prior EFN Scholars:
Nasser Olwero, 2003
Aldo Farias, 2003