Young Conservation Leaders Award

In celebration of our 40th anniversary in 2022 we launched a new award initiative.


The Conservation Foundation’s Young Conservation Leaders Award aims to support the growth of a new generation of conservation leaders by providing a one-off financial grant to help enable young people to take up learning and development opportunities irrespective of their financial circumstances.  The scheme seeks to support candidates with a demonstrable track-record of academic excellence and leadership in the field of conservation at Masters level or above. Disadvantaged candidates will be prioritised.

For the first two years of the award we have partnered with Exeter University’s Marine Environmental Management and Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation MSc programmes.To view this years recipients of the YCLA awards please click here and to view the recipients of the 2022 YCLA awards please click here.

Sea Turtle
Awards Criteria:
Award candidates should be nominated by their Course Director or Lead Tutor having shown the potential to become future leaders in their field. 
Students must show academic excellence at Masters level or above in the field of Conservation. 
Students should have demonstrated a proactive approach to their studies. 
Students should be 30 years of age or under by the end of the academic year in which the award is received.

The scheme is intentionally flexible, to ensure it allows young leaders to flourish.
Awards can be used by recipients to help with general living costs, or to fund short research projects, field studies or work experience related to their studies.
Disadvantaged candidates should be prioritised.
Award Amount: One thousand pounds.

River Litter clean up
We would be delighted if award winners would allow the Foundation to showcase their research through a short synopsis/blog post or record their experiences on field trips and work experience through photographic or video diaries.
We will also invite award winners to contribute their ideas, as we shape the future strategy of the Foundation.
We hope that institutions whose students are recipients of the awards will announce and promote the award and it’s winners on their social media platforms.
Future Generations:
Inspiring a new generation of conservationists was something that came naturally to our Co-Founder, the late David Bellamy, and we hope these awards will further cement our founding principles for the next 40 years to: inspire, enable and celebrate positive environmental action.
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