Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships

Awarding the Scholarships at the 2014 Conference Ceremony in Hungary © Gábor Nagy

Investing in young professionals working for Protected Areas

Each year the EUROPARC Federation, with support from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., awards three Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships to promising young conservationists, who are committed to working for the benefit of Protected Areas. The aim of the scholarships is to enhance international cooperation and to advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of Protected Area management.

Each scholarship is worth €3.000 and enables successful applicants to undertake a study visit on a particular theme to one or more Protected Areas in a European country. After the trip, the scholars are expected to present the Federation with their findings and a report. These reports are made available to EUROPARC members, as they are full of interesting facts on observation and solutions to common Protected Area management issues.

You will find all the reports since 2007 in our library.

The scholarships enhance international cooperation and the advancement of quality and innovation, and promote the European dimension of Protected Area management.

Every year themes of study visits are announced by EUROPARC and the application needs to ensure that the studies being proposed will address these themes.

Get to know the winners of Alfred Toepfer Scholarship!

 Application Requirements:

New Alfred Toepfer Scholarship applications will be opened in 2017.

– to be under 35 years and have a European nationality
– to be employed by a European Protected Area or a nature conservation institution
– to be student or graduate of higher educational institutions, studying an environmentally relevant topic related to Protected Area management

Scholars are selected by the EUROPARC Federation.

For more details, please read the guidelines below.