Defra Darwin Fellowship Programme for applicants from a country rich in biodiversity but relatively poor in financial resources Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is offering fellowship programme to the fellows who are from countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources. Fellowships will be provided for up to 14 months. Applications are open until 3rd February 2014.
School(Institutions/ Country):: UK (Darwin Fellows will typically be based in UK institutions for the majority of the Fellowship, but Fellowships based in the Fellow’s own country or other Darwin target countries will also be considered. for example, on a regional project) where this is appropriate. In such cases there should still be an appropriate level of UK input.)
Level: It is a 14 months fellowship programme.
Field(s):Fellowship is awarded in biodiversity, typically by working towards formal qualifications or by developing policy skills.
Deadline: 3rd February 2014.
Funded By: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Defra Darwin Fellowship Programme is targeted for applicants from a country rich in biodiversity but relatively poor in financial resources.
‣ Award No: Not Specified.
‣ Scholarship Duration: Fellowships will be provided for up to 14 months. Fellowships should start after 1 July 2014 and finish before 1 October 2015.
‣ Scholarship covers: Funding will be paid bi-annually to the UK Host Organisation, part in advance and part based on actuals.
The UK Host Organisation will be responsible for making necessary payments to the Darwin Fellow. Eligible costs (depending on the nature of the Fellowship) include a monthly subsistence, UK host organisation expenses, travel costs and fees for academic qualifications.
Defra is also willing to consider contributing towards the cost of English language training at the start of the award and this should be included in the budget. Details are set out below:
Applications will be considered on their merits in the light of available resources. There are limited funds available in each financial year for new Fellowships, subject to monies being voted by Parliament. The Department will not be able to fund all eligible applications. The Department reserves the right to terminate the Fellowship at any time and reclaim any monies paid for part or full months remaining.
Defra Darwin Fellowship Programme
‣ The Darwin Initiative is co – funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Defra remains the lead Department for management of the Darwin Initiative.
‣ The Darwin Initiative’s core theme – supporting countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet the obligations under one or more of the three international biodiversity conventions(CBD, CMS, CITES) – continues with the additional focus from 2012 on development and human welfare based on DFID’s core mandate as enshrined in the UK’s International Development Act.
Have what it takes Defra Darwin Fellowship Programme?
The Darwin Fellow should:
‣ Be a national of a country rich in biodiversity but relatively poor in financial resources;
‣ Be associated with a recent or current Darwin Initiative project or currently working directly on the implementation of CBD, CITES or CMS. Examples of specific roles that may be relevant are included below. If you are unsure if an individual is eligible, please contact the Darwin Application Unit for clarification.
‣ For CITES this may include: enforcement officers working on wildlife crime or illegal trade, those working in CITES management authorities, those working in CITES scientific authorities and
‣ For CMS this may include:
‣ Defra Darwin Fellowship Programme Applications must be submitted by the UK Host Organisation or by the UK institution of the original Darwin project that the proposed Fellow is associated with.
‣ Eligible organisations or institutions must have expertise in the sustainable use or conservation of biodiversity, or in disciplines that are biodiversity-related or whose work has an impact on the implementation of the key biodiversity Conventions (CBD, CITES and CMS) or sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. Applications are invited from both public and private sectors.
‣ The UK Host Organisation will provide experts from within their organisation with a proven track record and at the forefront of their discipline(s) to work closely with or supervise the Fellow. '
‣ This expertise is typically expected to be of at least postdoctoral quality or equivalent professional standard.
‣ Defra Darwin Fellowship Programme applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
‣ The Darwin Expert Committee will assess all written applications. Defra expects to announce the successful Scoping awards before Easter 2014.
‣ No correspondence concerning the result of the evaluation is possible prior to the official announcement.
‣ All Defra Darwin Fellowship Programme applications must be made on the prescribed forms found on the Darwin website at (marked “Round 20″).
‣ Please email the completed application to the Darwin Applications Unit at darwin-applications-at-ltsi.co.uk. The name of the proposed Fellow should be in the subject line of the email.
‣ Your application must also include:
‣ Scholarship Applications are due on Monday 3rd February 2014.
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
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