The WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships (PBS) are awarded to individuals from the developing world who wish to pursue formal studies or professional training in the field of conservation.
Under the patronage of the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and to pay a lasting tribute to the Founder President of WWF and "The 1001: A Nature Trust", the Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund for Nature Conservation was created in 1991 to help build conservation expertise and leadership in the developing world.
With the generous support of The 1001: A Nature Trust, the aim of the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships is to provide financial support to individuals who wish to pursue short-term professional training or formal studies that will help them contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in their country. Each scholarship empowers a dedicated conservationist to build his or her capacity. In turn, these people are in a position to share the benefits of their knowledge and skills with others and so spread the benefits.
Who should apply?
As a priority, the PBS support mid-career training (up to a maximum of one year) for individuals working in the field of conservation or associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation. Applications from candidates doing multiple-year studies will only be considered if the applicant is applying for support for the last year of studies.
Applications are encouraged from people seeking to build skills in specific subjects that will enhance their contribution to nature conservation. In particular, women and people working for non-governmental or community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.
Only nationals from Africa/Madagascar, Asia/Pacific, Latin America & Carribean, Eastern Europe & Middle East will be considered, including WWF staff or candidates working as partners with WWF. Preference is given to those seeking support for studies in their own country or region, and applicants must provide written proof of acceptance on a course.
How to Apply
Applications (the form can be downloaded with information in English, French & Spanish posted to the right of this page) should be submitted to the candidate's nearest WWF Office or Associate and the deadline for submission is mid-January of each year (the WWF Office Contacts for the Application can also be downloaded to the right).
Each WWF Office or Associate carries out an initial screening of the applications they have received to make their recommendations to the PBS selection committee, which meets in March or April each year; only those applications recommended by a WWF Office or Associate will be considered.
The maximum amount for any one scholarship under this scheme is CHF 10,000, and preferential consideration is given to requests for less than CHF 10,000.
After completion of their studies Prince Bernhard Scholars are expected to return to their home country or region to work in conservation, or a related field. Moreover, the course should have a direct link to WWF’s Biodiversity and Footprint Goals (see also to the right 'acting as one', WWF's compelling conservation agenda).