Wilburforce Leaders in Conservation Science

Overview

Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Cohort of the Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science, a year-long program beginning April 2017. The fellowship is intended to build a community of scientists advancing decision-relevant research, effectively communicating scientific findings, and contributing to conservation solutions by engaging with local communities, policymakers, land managers and advocates. At the root of this initiative is Wilburforce Foundation’s commitment to empowering scientists to engage in conservation management and policy discussions, because when scientists are part of the conversation, we get better solutions. This fellowship is open to 20 scientists working in conservation biology, ecology, environmental economics, or traditional ecological knowledge in one or more of Wilburforce’s Priority Regions. Applicants can be from any affiliation and at any career stage. We aim to bring together a diverse network of researchers – young to senior scientists, from a range of backgrounds – to build their skills and networks in a continuing community of mutual support and inspiration.

Goals

  • Fellows will attend a six-day intensive training led by COMPASS from April 23-28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona at the Westward Look. 
  • The training will provide fellows with a comprehensive foundation of leadership and communications skills. 
  • At the training, each participant will set a goal for individual or collective engagement on a specific conservation issue, and begin to define an action plan to achieve it.
  • Throughout the following year, fellows will receive coaching and support from trainers and peers to achieve their goals, as well as help connecting with targeted individuals and audiences.

Past Cohorts

2019

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2018

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2017

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About Wilburforce

The Wilburforce Fellowship invests in the professional development of scientists so that they may more effectively inform and advance sustainable conservation solutions in western North America. Wilburforce Foundation envisions a connected network of lands and waters that allow wildlife to thrive throughout Western North America. We support and connect organizations and individuals that are committed to protecting wild places and the wildlife that depend on them. We invest in science-based solutions, advocate for responsible policies, and ensure that our partners have the capacity to achieve lasting outcomes.

Priority Regions

We have identified 13 priority regions throughout Western North America that are critical for wildlife and ecological resilience. An interactive version of the map below can be found on wilburforce.org.

How To Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I know if I’m eligible?

If you are a scientist whose work is at the nexus of environment and society, and you would like to take your communication and leadership skills to the next level, we encourage you to apply. Please review the other questions regarding eligibility below. If you are still unclear about whether or not to apply, please contact us at opportunities@COMPASSscicomm.org.

What stage in my career do I have to be in to apply?

We welcome scientists from all career stages—graduate students to emeritus. We have found that having a mix results in great conversations and mentorship, as everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.

Does it matter where I live?

We are looking for scientists currently residing in the US; however, it is not a requirement to be a US citizen or permanent resident. Scientists who do research outside the US are also welcome to apply, as long as their civic engagement goals are focused on the US.

What happens over the 9 months, in addition to the 3.5-day in-person retreat?

The 9-month program will include peer-coaching sessions and webinars on specific topics, determined by the group’s needs and interests. We will also have some individual coaching available to help you achieve your goals. At a minimum, be prepared to commit about 4 hours/month for peer coaching and webinars, plus whatever time you dedicate to achieving your civic engagement goals.

What are the goals of the program in regards to civic engagement?

This program supports scientists with the tools, training, and network to make progress on their personal goals for civic engagement. COMPASS does not provide the civic engagement goals for the participants; they are self-identified. We will provide a solid grounding in understanding the policy landscape, how change happens, what roles you can play as a scientist, and how to build your network.

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