Funding Opportunity /  14 January 2024

Kinship Conservation Fellows

Applications for 2024 are open: Learn more and apply!

Deadline: 14 January 2024 - the deadline has passed.

The Kinship Conservation Fellowship supports conservation practitioners across the globe. The program is designed to advance your career and equip you with new skills, insights, and analytical tools to accelerate the projects you lead at home.

The month-long, in-residence Fellowship focuses on market-based solutions in conservation and cultivates your leadership skills in the sector. Through interactive discussions, systems-thinking exercises, and peer-learning sessions, Fellows engage with stories and innovative solutions to overcome complex challenges that they can apply to their own work.

The 2024 program runs June 30 – July 30 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

Fellows from the 2023 cohort reflect on their experiences.

Delivered by a faculty of global experts, the program’s curriculum is curated to the unique opportunities of each year’s cohort and exposes Fellows to the six Kinship Conservation Pillars for market-based solutions:

  • Leading Adaptively
  • Iterating for Scale
  • Designing for Governing the Commons
  • Identifying an Economic Engine
  • Financing Conservation
  • Evaluating for Impact

Our faculty work closely with each Fellow to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues.

In addition to the classroom training sessions, the program includes field trips and excursions to learn about real-world conservation issues. Each year, the Fellows get the opportunity learn first hand about topics integral to the region’s landscapes, like sustainable forestry and fishing practices.

There is also ample time for exploring Bellingham and connecting with other Fellows. Fellows, faculty, and Kinship Foundation staff also gather for meal nights featuring international flavors and cuisines. During these informal gathering times as well as in the classroom, each year’s cohort forms bonds with each other, which become the foundation of life-long friendships. 


As alumni of the program, Kinship Fellows join a community of practitioners, innovators, and leaders, who continue to network and collaborate to address environmental challenges. Our global network of 332 Fellows spans 66 countries across 7 continents.

The month-long fellowship is the beginning of years of close partnership with your cohort as well as this global network. Fellows continue to share knowledge, advice, mentorship, funding opportunities, professional development, and more. Past Fellows have returned to serve as program faculty; helped convene regional learning summits for the network; and collaborated with one another on research and project implementation.

Kinship Conservation Fellows is a community of support you can rely on throughout your career.

Image: Irina Mkrtchyan


For attending the Fellowship in Bellingham, WA, Fellows receive a stipend of US$8000, net of customary U.S. tax withholding. All Fellows are responsible for paying their own applicable local, state and federal taxes in respect of the stipend.  Additionally, payments to non-US citizens will be subject to customary US tax withholding (currently at 30%, resulting in a net payment of approximately $5600, subject to change based on then-current US tax laws).