The EDGE Fellowship provides EDGE Fellows with 6 weeks of face to face training. The training is designed to develop their skills so they can confidently complete an applied conservation project on their EDGE species and increase their leadership skills in conservation. The training is delivered by experts from across ZSL, including conservation biologists, social scientists, fundraising managers and captive breeding specialists.
The EDGE Fellows attend two training courses:
EDGE Conservation Tools course is held at the beginning of the Fellowship at a biological station in the tropics. This 4-week course is designed to provide the Fellows with essential training in techniques to plan and implement their project. Topics include; project management/planning, ecological monitoring, statistics, GIS and social science. This course has been held in seven different countries, you can view slideshows from the courses here: Indonesia, Nepal, Kenya (Diani), Kenya (Tsavo), Costa Rica, Philippines, Madagascar and Borneo.
EDGE Conservation Leadership course is held at ZSL 18 months into the Fellowship. This two-week course aims to prepare the Fellows for the next stage of their career. They receive one to one time with their supervisors and specialists across ZSL. The course also trains the Fellows in people management, fundraising, conflict management and engaging business in conservation. The Fellows projects and development is celebrated at a drinks reception where the Fellows present their work and network with funding organisations and other EDGE supporters.