Overview

One of the most effective ways in which the EDGE of Existence programme is working to secure the future of EDGE species is by helping to build conservation capacity in regions in which they occur. This is achieved though awarding two-year Fellowships to future conservation leaders (“EDGE Fellows”) working on poorly-known EDGE species.

The EDGE Fellows programme aims to create a new global network of in-country conservationists trained in cutting-edge wildlife management techniques and well-equipped to design and implement a project for a local EDGE species.


EDGE Fellows follow a comprehensive two-year training programme designed to equip them with the tools to become successful conservation leaders.

The programme comprises:

  • A 4-week Conservation Tools training course at the beginning of the programme to provide Fellows with essential training in techniques to plan and implement their project (click here to view a slideshow of the 2013 training course in Kenya); 
  • A grant to undertake a 2-year project on a top-priority EDGE species; 
  • Ongoing technical support/mentoring (achieved via online modules, web-based tutorials/seminars, and field visits) throughout the Fellowship; 
  • A 2-week Conservation Leadership training course in London on successful completion of Fellowship to help Fellows prepare for the next stage of their career.

Since 2007, the Programme has supported 42 EDGE Fellows in 26 countries including Haiti, Mongolia, China, Liberia, Kenya, India, Mexico, Croatia, Cameroon and Vietnam. EDGE has helped Fellows to achieve some fantastic conservation successes from large scale habitat restoration to leading on national conservation strategies and even discovering new species.

If you would like to have more information about the EDGE Fellows Programme, please download the information sheet.

If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship, please click here.

Don’t hesitate to email the EDGE Fellows Coordinator (fellows@edgeofexistence.org) if you have any queries. 



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18th Sep 13
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5th Sep 13
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19th Aug 13
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16th Aug 13
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12th Aug 13
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8th Aug 13
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2nd Aug 13
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24th Jul 13
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22nd Jul 13
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7th Jul 13
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24th Jun 13
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11th Jun 13
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7th Jun 13
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2nd May 13
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30th Apr 13
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26th Apr 13
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17th Apr 13
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3rd Apr 13
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25th Mar 13
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19th Mar 13
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17th Mar 13
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14th Mar 13
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10th Mar 13
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8th Mar 13
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6th Mar 13
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28th Jan 13
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10th Oct 12
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2nd Oct 12
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21st Sep 12
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14th Sep 12
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12th Sep 12
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19th Jul 12
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17th Jul 12
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13th Jul 12
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12th Jul 12
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14th Jun 12
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30th Apr 12
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1st Mar 12
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23rd Feb 12
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14th Feb 12
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10th Feb 12
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19th Jan 12
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14th Jul 11
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6th May 10
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27th Dec 09
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20th Nov 09
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17th Nov 09
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8th Oct 09
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24th Mar 09
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21st Jul 08
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19th Feb 08
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