Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship: Call for applications!

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Opportunity for 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.

Who can apply?

Applicants should:

– be under 35 years

– have European nationality from the list of countries

– be employed by a European Protected Area or a nature conservation institution

or be student or graduate of higher educational institutions, studying an environmentally relevant topic related to Protected Area management


This year, the categories open for applications are:

1. Biodiversity and Climate Change– Importance of values of N2000 sites and protected areas on reducing impacts of climate change and implementing the EU Biodiversity Strategy

2. Sustainable Development in Protected Areas – contribution to a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy

3. Opportunities for Health and Well-being in Protected Areas Contribution of protected areas to safeguard the European citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and wellbeing

4. Parks for PeopleApproaches and strategies to address local communities and how to involve particular groups into activities or management of protected areas

Candidates should indicate which theme they are choosing in the application form and explain their motivations.

How to apply?

Applications are open from the 6th February to the 28th April.  The complete schedule is as follows:

When? What?
6th February 2017 Call for applications open
April 28th 2017 Deadline for applications
May 25th 2017 Notification to selected applicants
August 9th 2017 Deadline for completion of study visits proposals
6th to 10th September 2017 Awarding ceremony at EUROPARC Conference 2017, Portugal
January – December 2018 Study visits

Steps for the application:

Need an example of a successful application?

Example motivation and application I

Example motivation and application II

Example travel plan

Need inspiration?

Find out about the past editions of the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship and read the previous award winners’ reports!