Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) - Whitley Awards

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering awards and grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world.  We locate and recognise some of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders and support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism. Above all, we champion passionate individuals who are committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.

Through a process of reference, application and interview, WFN identifies effective national and regional conservation leaders and celebrates them through Whitley Awards of up to £35,000, now amongst the most high profile of conservation prizes.

Winning a Whitley Award does not have to be a one-off and Continuation Funding of up to £70,000 is available for previous Whitley Award winners who have proved themselves and their work to be truly exceptional.


  • Whitley Awards recognise the leadership qualities of individuals working with effective teams with strong nature conservation experience. We look for people who are excellent ambassadors for the work that they do. Effective conservation is the result of teamwork but applications must specify a distinct leader of the team who would be the recipient of the Whitley Award, if successful.
  • Successful applicants will be supported by a strong team and/or local NGO/organisation. Supporting teams must include individuals who are local to the country or region where the project is taking place, and must contain the range of relevant skills and knowledge necessary to ensure successful execution of the proposed activities. It is also understood that in some situations, the inclusion of international team members with specialist skills and knowledge may be required for project success.
  • It is not a requirement of the team leader to hold professional scientific qualifications. However, projects that aim to address issues on a biological level will need to demonstrate that activities will be informed based on scientific data. The inclusion of appropriate scientists or expertise on the team will also be expected if this is relevant to the project.

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