Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program

With three of the most pristine large rivers and some of the most extensive intact forest in the Mekong region, Myanmar is Asia’s last frontier for conservation. Its natural environments remain mostly unspoiled. They support some of the region’s poorest people, and possibly the last population of wildlife elephants in Southeast Asia. WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) is offering the best and brightest future conservation leaders the opportunity to pursue graduate-level study anywhere in the world with the goal of advancing conservation in Myanmar. EFN supports up to two years of study for a maximum of USD 30,000 per year.

PRIORITY Fields of Study
  1. Sustainable forestry
  2. Integrated spatial planning and GIS
  3. Ecology
  4. Sustainable ecosystems
  5. Climate change
  6. Environmental policy and/or economics
  7. Integrated river basin management
  8. Biodiversity & wildlife conservation
  9. Wildlife crime
  10. Protected area management
  11. Environmental science
  12. Sustainable development & conservation
  13. Ecotourism
  14. Sustainable energy

  • You must be a citizen and legal permanent resident of Myanmar.
  • You must have at least two years of work experience in conservation (paid or unpaid) and a demonstrated commitment to working in Myanmar.
  • You must have applied to, be admitted to, or be enrolled in a master’s or PhD program.
  • Your research should be focused on one of the listed priority fields of study.
  • You must plan to begin your studies no later than August 2017.
  • You must commit to working in Myanmar for at least two years after the completion of your degree.
  • Current WWF employees, consultants, employees seconded to WWF, and EFN grantees must contact EFN before applying.

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