Monthly Update: May 2017


May 2017

U.S. Department of State — YSEALI Academic Fellows. The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is a program of the U.S. government to support bright young leaders ages 18-35 in the ASEAN countries. The YSEALI Academic Fellowships offer support to participate in a five-week institute on the campus of a U.S. university or college in one of the following topics: civil engagement; environmental issues; or social entrepreneurship and economic development. The fellowships include leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with peers in the USA. Applications are invited from current undergraduate or graduate students — as well as recent graduates — in Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Application deadlines vary by country, with a deadline on 12 May for Indonesia; 14 May for Thailand; 18 May for Brunei; 21 May for Cambodia; 22 May for Vietnam; 28 May for Philippines; 31 May for Myanmar; etc. The deadlines are indicated on the country pages for YSEALI at the U.S. embassies. Link

Arab Council for the Social Sciences — Postdoctoral Fellowships.The Arab Council for the Social Sciences announces its fourth cycle of postdoctoral fellowships for junior Arab scholars. The program is open to individuals who completed their PhD within the past three years, and who are nationals or residents of countries in the League of Arab States. The fellowship provides for full costs over nine months in the proposed country/countries of residence where the fellow will reside. The thematic focus is open. The program has a special interest in attracting foreign-trained Arab scholars back to the region.The application deadline is 19 May 2017. Link

University of Cape Town — CSAG Winter School 2017. The Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town organizes a “winter school” intensive course, with the next one scheduled for five days in July 2017. The course is presented by facilitators from CSAG and other institutions to take participants through the full spectrum of topics related to climate and climate change, with an emphasis on issues in developing countries. CSAG offers partial sponsorships to some participants. The application deadline is 19 May 2017. Link

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives — Grants Cycle 2017-2018. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives offers short-term funding to community groups, NGOs, people’s organizations — and in exceptional cases, to international NGOs and government institutions — for small projects addressing governance, democracy, capacity-building, economic, environmental, and social development issues. The funds are managed by Canada’s embassies and high commissions, and the thematic priorities are different in each country. The application deadlines are 12 May 2017 in the Philippines, Link; 21 May in Egypt, Link; 26 May in Libya, Link; and 05 June in Moldova, Link. Note: This is not a complete list. Grant seekers in other countries should search Canada Fund for Local Initiatives + country name, or inquire with the Canadian embassy.

British Council — International Research Workshops.  The British Council supports research workshops under the programs Researcher Links and the Newton Fund to assist early-career researchers from the UK and partner countries to interact and explore research collaborations.  Current opportunities that have one or more environmental themes include:  (1) communications technologies for disaster management, UK and Turkey, with application deadline on 26 May 2017; (2)  recent advances in energy conservation for buildings in the UK and China, with application deadline on 31 May 2017; (3) detection and prevention of biological invasions, UK and China, with application deadline on 31 May 2017; (4) off-shore wind and wave energy, UK and Turkey, with application deadline on 30 June 2017; and (5) green port development, UK and China, with application deadline on 15 July 2017.  The British Council publishes the dates, locations, eligibility criteria, and other supporting information for each workshop.  Link

Save Our Species — Call for Proposals on African Wildlife. SOS will make grants focused on lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs, and Ethiopian wolves in Sub-Saharan Africa. A limited proportion of the funding will be earmarked for additional species, as specified in the announcement. Grants are open to civil society organizations, including African NGOs and international NGOs in collaboration with local partners. Working with government partners is encouraged, although governments and government-affiliated entities cannot receive grants directly. Grants will range from €25 thousand to €450 thousand. SOS requires matching resources in relation to grant size. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 25 May 2017. Link

ASEAN Peace Project — Young Peace Builders for Climate Action. The Young Peace Builders for Climate Action is seeking thirty youth leaders from across Southeast Asia to participate in an accelerator workshop to be held in July (Quezon City, Philippines) on reducing disaster risks, adapting to climate change, and promoting peace building in conflict areas of the ASEAN countries. Eligibility extends to persons ages 18 to 25 living in or working with conflict-affected and/or disaster-prone areas in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The application deadline is 26 May 2017. Link

University of Florida — Livestock Systems in Burkina Faso and Niger. The University of Florida calls for research and capacity-building proposals in support of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (LSIL), funded by the U.S. government. LSIL aims to enhance the production, marketing, and consumption of animal-source foods in target countries, with current focus on Burkina Faso and Niger. The program offers two Reach Grants for projects of up to 38 months and with budgets up to $1 million. It also offers four Focus Grants for projects up to 12 months and budgets up to US$150 thousand. Applications are invited from institutes, universities, and organizations in Burkina Faso, Niger, USA, and other countries. The application dates are 14 May for Reach Grant concept notes, and 26 May for Focus Grant proposals. Link

UNESCO — Juan Bosch Prize for Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean. The United Nations Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites applications for the 2017 Juan Bosch Prize. The Prize aims to reward the best social science thesis of young researchers who are making significant research contributions to social development policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Past awards have included thesis topics on policies for natural resources, among others. The amount of the prize is US$10 thousand. The closing date for nominations (English, Spanish) is 30 May 2017. Link

International Development Research Centre –IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2017. The IRDC announces the 2017 round of doctoral research grants for Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at Canadian universities Thematic priorities include agriculture and environment (including climate change), among others. IDRC supports research in all developing countries, with certain exceptions (explained in the announcement). The program aims to fund approximately 20 grants at up to CA$20 thousand each. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 31 May 2017. Link

African Union Commission — Pan African University Scholarships for Postgraduate Education 2017-2018. The Pan African University (PAU) seeks to develop institutions of excellence in science, technology, innovation, social sciences, and governance in Africa. The African Union offers the Pan African University Scholarship for masters and PhD degree programs at four PAU Institutes (in Algeria, Cameroon, Kenya, and Nigeria). Subject areas for the postgraduate educational programs include agriculture, water resources, arid lands management, energy, environmental management, and many others — varying among the PAU Institutes. The scholarships program is open to applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 31 May 2017. Link

APEC Climate Center — Training Program 2017. The APEC Climate Center (APCC) is hosting a training program on user-oriented statistical downscaling of climate information in agriculture and water resources. The one-week training program in August 2017 (Busan, South Korea) aims to provide an introduction to statistical downscaling for climate change scenarios and seasonal prediction, and to guide participants in applying the data for uses in agriculture and water resources. APCC invites scientists from national research institutes in agricultural and/or water-related fields in developing countries,  preferably APEC economies, ASEAN nations, or Pacific Island nations. APCC will cover the airfare, accommodation and meals for the participants.The application deadline is 31 May 2017. Link

Best Climate Practices — Ideas to Build Local Resilience to Climate Risks. The Best Climate Practices contest for 2017 focuses on building local resilience to climate disaster risk. The contest is open to individuals, teams, or organizations regardless of nationality, age, or qualifications. The contest winner will be awarded €3 thousand. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2017. Link

June 2017

Conservation Action Research Network — Congo Basin Grant Program 2017. The Congo Basin Grant Program provides competitive research grants of up to US$5 thousand for African graduate students and early-career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation, and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin. Applicants should be 35 years of age or younger, and reside in one of the following countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem Rep Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, or Uganda. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 01 June 2017. Link

GSDI Association — Small Grants Program 2017. The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI Association) makes cash grants of US$ 2,500 to support national or sub-national activities in developing countries for capacity building related to environment and sustainable development. Grants can be used to foster partnerships, develop in-country technical capacity, improve data compatibility and access, and increase political support for spatial data infrastructure. The application deadline is 01 June 2017. Link

U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation — Conservation of Sea Birds 2017. NFWF’s Seabird Initiative works to enhance the viability of seabird populations by increasing their survival and reproduction. For 2017, this program will focus on the following priority regions in the Pacific: Alaska, Chile, California current (including Mexico), Hawaii, and U.S. overseas lands and territories in the Pacific. Applicants are requested to develop business plans to emphasize specific species, conservation strategies, and geographies. The majority of awards range from US$50 thousand to US$500 thousand. A minimum of a 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind services is required. Projects may extend from one to three years. The application date for pre-proposals is 01 June 2017. Link

Humanitarian Water Air Food Awards — Call for Projects 2017. The Humanitarian Water Air Food Awards (WAF) acknowledge and promote individuals and organizations that implement sustainable projects to secure water, clean air, and food — and that empower local communities. The call is open worldwide for pioneering projects that have at least two years of success in bringing best practices and relevant change in the focus areas of water, food, or clean air. The winners will receive a monetary prize and visibility at the annual WAF awards ceremony. The deadline for applications and nominations is 05 June 2017. Link

Orange Telecom — Orange Social Venture Prize 2017. The Orange Social Venture Prize is awarded to entrepreneurs and start-up organizations that make innovative use of ICTs in agriculture, energy, and other fields of development. The geographical focus is Africa and the Middle East. Prizes range from €10 thousand to €25 thousand, plus professional support for a period of six months. The eligible countries are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Dem Rep Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Liberia, Senegal, and Tunisia. The registration deadline is 06 June 2017. Link

UK Natural Environment Research Council — International Opportunities Fund 2017. NERC’s International Opportunities Fund announces grants that help UK researchers develop and strengthen collaborative links with international partners. Pump Priming grants are a maximum of £40 thousand for up to two years. Pump Priming Plus grants are a maximum of £250 thousand for up to three years. Eligibility is limited to applicants currently having grants through NERC. The closing date for proposals is 06 June 2017. Link

European Commission — Energy Development in Lesotho. The EC invites applications to promote expanded access to rural energy in Lesotho. Activities should focus on commercial opportunities for solar innovations in households; demonstration of mini-grid projects; and support for businesses that offer sustainable energy products and services in rural Lesotho. The lead applicant should be an NGO, private company, research institute, public sector operator, or local authority in Lesotho or an EU member state. International (inter-governmental) organisations are also eligible. Reference EuropeAid/155297/DD/ACT/LS. The deadline for concept notes is 07 June 2017. Link

U.S. Department of State — Supporting Tunisia’s Agribusiness Sector. The program aims to increase the productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability in selected value chains and areas of the agribusiness sector to boost Tunisia’s agro-food exports. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations; private institutions of higher education, public and state institutions of higher education; public international organizations; and small businesses. The U.S. Embassy in Tunis strongly encourages applications from civil society organizations headquartered in the Middle East and North Africa. Funding Opportunity NEAAC-EMBASSYTUNIS-16-002. The application deadline is 08 June 2017. Link

Global Cleantech Innovation Programme — Clean Technology for SMEs 2017. The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for small and medium enterprises is co-sponsored by the GEF, UNIDO, and national institutions in the participating countries. The GCIP aims to spur local innovations in energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste management, and water efficiency. Each country manages a competition to identify promising entrepreneurs and a business accelerator to connect them to potential investors, customers, and partners. The rules of participation, and the benefits of the program, vary by country. The remaining application deadlines include: 10 May for Turkey, Link; 09 June for Malaysia, Link; and 10 June for Pakistan, Link.

Government of India — Training Courses in India. India’s National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) invites international candidates from developing countries to apply for six-week training courses scheduled during July-August in India. Course topics for this period include rural enterprise planning and promotion; women and youth enterprise in water and sanitation; and others. NIESBUD lists additional courses available later in the year. The program covers transportation and visa costs, course fees, accommodation, and living and book allowances for course participants. The application deadline for the July-August courses is 10 June 2017. Link

European Union — Central European Initiative, Call for Proposals 2017. The CEI makes grants to support its action plan. Cooperation projects are mainly for seminars, workshops, training courses, and other kinds of meetings. Priority themes include climate, environment, sustainable energy, and others. Projects can be submitted by all public and private bodies in CEI’s member states, as well as by international and regional organizations. Preference is for proposals submitted from CEI’s non-EU member states (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine). Grants are up to €15 thousand. The application deadline is 13 June 2017. Link

European Commission — LEAP-Agri Food and Agriculture in Africa. The LEAP-Agri partnership is a program of EU-Africa research and innovation to support projects in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. This call invites consortia composed of at least four partners from four participating countries (two African and two European) to submit project proposals addressing the defined topics. The African partner countries are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda. Projects can apply for a total budget between €300 thousand and €1.5 million. The budget for each country or organization is mentioned in the individual eligibility criteria and funding regulations for that particular institute or country. The deadline for preliminary proposals is 15 June 2017. Link

Indian Council of Agricultural Research  — Doctoral Fellowships in Agriculture 2017-2018. ICAR announces thirty Netaji Subhas-ICAR international fellowships for doctoral degrees in agriculture and allied sciences at agricultural universities and institutions in India and abroad. The priority areas are crop sciences, horticulture, animal sciences, natural resource management, agricultural engineering, and fisheries. Indian fellows going abroad can receive up to US$2 thousand per month. International fellows studying in India can receive up to INR40 thousand per month. The application deadline is 15 June 2017. Link

United Nations Environment Programme — Young Champions of the Earth 2017. Young Champions of the Earth is a newly launched initiative co-supported by UN Environment and Covestro to identify and support outstanding environmental initiatives of talented people worldwide between the ages of 18 and 30. The program is a global stage to showcase technological inventions and innovative business models that improve the planet’s health. The program will select six Young Champions of the Earth every year — one from each of Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and West Asia. Each winner will receive US$15 thousand in seed funding, plus various opportunities for high-profile networking and entrepreneurship training. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2017. Link

Toyota Motor Corporation — Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program 2017. Toyota makes grants to support environmental activities implemented by nonprofit organizations. The themes are “biodiversity conservation” and “counter measures to global warming.” Grants are made in Japan and internationally. The international program is open to applicants in Japan, and to international partners in collaboration with Japanese groups. The application deadline is 23 June 2017. Link

U.S. Department of State — Capacity to Deter Wildlife Trafficking in Indonesia. The initiative Indonesia Countering Wildlife Trafficking is a partnership between the USA and Indonesia to combat wildlife trafficking in the region, including across the border between Indonesia and Malaysia. The project will aim to build the capacity of Indonesian authorities to combat wildlife trafficking at all stages of enforcement. Eligibility to apply for funding extends to nonprofit NGOs and educational institutions (USA and internationally). Funding Opportunity INL-17GR0017-EAINDONESIA-04-27-2017. The deadline for applications is 25 June 2017. Link

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development — Central European Initiative, Know-How Exchange 2017. The Know-how Exchange Program co-finances the transfer of know-how and best practices from EU to non-EU member countries of the Central European Initiative (CEI). Thematic areas in the current call by KEP-Italy include energy, environment, and agriculture and rural development (among others). Proposals are submitted by organizations in CEI member states which are also member states of the European Union for knowledge transfers to non-EU member states of the CEI. The non-EU members of the CEI are Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine. The maximum grant is €40 thousand. The closing date for expressions of interest is 29 June 2017. Link

Australia Department of Education and Training — Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships 2018. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are Australia’s program for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas for education, research, and professional development in Australia. Applicants for the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are required to make their own approaches to host universities in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research, and professional development internationally. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2017. Link

Biodiversity Foundation — Grants for Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development. Spain’s Biodiversity Foundation funds conservation field projects, research, education and training, and public awareness. Most grants are made in Spain. However, the Foundation is willing to consider international projects proposed by Spanish nonprofit NGOs; by large international nonprofit NGOs; by nonprofit organizations in other EU member states; and projects co-funded by AECID (Spain’s agency for international development cooperation). Grants are up to €50 thousand for one year. The closing date for the main program of competitive grants is 30 June 2017. Link

CRDF Global — Catalyzing New Research Partnerships. CRDF Global invites early-career scientists working and living in the USA to apply for travel grants to build new research partnerships with colleagues in South and Southeast Asia; Latin America; and Sub-Saharan Africa. The subject areas are the natural sciences and engineering. Grants are up to US$10 thousand. The application deadline is 30 June 2017. Link

Global Good Fund — Fellowship Program 2018. The Global Good Fund Fellowship is a 12-month leadership development program for young social entrepreneurs who remain in their workplaces. Each fellow is offered mentoring; resources for leadership assessment; a peer network; and financial support. Past fellows represent enterprises for agriculture; environment; solar energy; and other green development. The program is open to applications worldwide. Candidates should be under age 40. The application deadline (Part 1) is 30 June 2017. Link

IRDR Young Scientists Programme — Call for Application, 2nd Batch. The IRDR Young Scientists Programme invites young researchers worldwide to join its professional network of professionals and practitioners. Eligibility extends to candidates affiliated with an academic program (either master or doctorate) as a student or as a young faculty, and working on research related to disaster risk reduction and its link to broader issues of environment and development. Applicants should be less than age 40 on the date of application. There is no cash grant, but IRDR Young Scientists are offered opportunities for networking and training. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017. Link

Latin America Regional Fund for Agricultural Technologies — Call for Proposals 2017. Latin America’s Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology — Fondo Regional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (FONTAGRO) — calls for research proposals on how to intensify small-scale agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean in the face of climate change. FONTAGRO member countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Proposals are accepted from multi-country consortia of public and private organizations at national, regional, and international levels. Grants are up to US$300 thousand for projects of up to 42 months. Projects will require counterpart contributions. The closing date for preliminary applications (Spanish, English) is 30 June 2017. Link

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Conservation of Wetlands and Migratory Birds in Mexico. The USFWS Mexican Standard Grants Program supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Mexico that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. These projects involve long-term protection, restoration, enhancement, and/or establishment of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds. The program also funds activities in technical training, education, sustainable-use studies, and organizational infrastructure to develop or strengthen capabilities in wetlands conservation and management. Eligibility to apply for the grants is unrestricted. Applicants need to provide a 1:1 match of resources. The application deadline is 30 June 2017. Link

July 2017

National Geographic Society — Grants 2017.  The National Geographic Society awards grants for research, conservation, education, and storytelling through its Committee for Research and Exploration.  National Geographic welcomes applications from around the world, and it specifically encourages applications from outside the USA. Early-career grants are up to US$5 thousand; expedited (rapid response) grants are up to US$15 thousand; and standard grants are up to US$30 thousand. The next application deadline is 01 July 2017.  Link

U.S. Department of State — Mapping Wildlife Trafficking, Illegal Logging, and IUU Fishing. The U.S. government will fund nonprofit NGOs and institutions of higher education to map wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, and illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing. There are four separate grant components: (1) assessment and mapping of wildlife trafficking and illegal logging in Asia; (2) assessment and mapping of wildlife trafficking and illegal logging in Latin America; (3) assessment and mapping of rhino horn and pangolins and pangolin scales trafficked from Africa to Asia; and (4) assessment and mapping of IUU fishing in Latin America/Caribbean, West Africa/Gulf of Guinea, East Africa/Indian Ocean, and Southeast Asia. Grants are up to US$350 thousand for each of components 1, 2, and 3 and up to US$500 thousand for component 4. Funding Opportunity INLEA-INLTC-17-004. The closing date for applications is 02 July 2017. Link

U.S. Department of State — Building Capacity for Wildlife Protection in Africa and Asia. The U.S. government will fund nonprofit NGOs and institutions of higher education to reduce the poaching and trafficking of wildlife through effective programming in key locations of Africa and Asia. The primary countries of engagement may include one or more of the following countries in Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, and/or, one or more of the following countries in Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The project will provide wildlife rangers and police with non-lethal equipment such as boots, uniforms, backpacks, hydration equipment, appropriate outdoor clothing, patrol equipment, tents, radios, communication equipment, and vehicles. Proposals must demonstrate an existing and on-going relationship with the organizations responsible for park, range, or game reserve management and/or with the recipient organization of the equipment. Funding Opportunity INLEA-INLTC-17-005. The closing date for applications is 04 July 2017. Link

Global Biodiversity Information Facility — Young Researchers Award 2017. The GBIF presents the Young Researchers Award to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics. GBIF will present awards of €5 thousand each to one master’s student and one doctoral student. Students must apply through and be nominated by a Head of Delegation of a GBIF participant country. The deadline for nominations is 15 July 2017, although some GBIF national delegations are likely to set earlier deadlines. Link

Humboldt University — Yousef Jameel Scholarship Fund 2017-2018. The Yousef Jameel Scholarship Fund at Humboldt University annually awards five scholarships for doctoral studies in the natural sciences to applicants from Arabic and other Islamic countries. The program seeks applicants in the disciplines of sustainable desert agriculture; plant-based medicine; and renewable energy. Eligible countries are Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Applicants should have good written and spoken English, as well as communications skills in German. Applications from qualified women are particularly encouraged. The application deadline is 15 July 2017. Link

Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative — SIANI Expert Groups 2017-2018. SIANI offers seed funding to expert groups that support its vision and mission to understand emerging issues in food security and nutrition in low-income countries. Expert groups comprise a diverse group of stakeholders (academia, NGOs, private business, government, etc.) to prepare publications, organize events, and engage in other activities that strengthen the Swedish resource base and their partners. Expert groups do not need to be geographically located in Sweden. However, if an expert group is established outside Sweden, it needs to have a clear link to the Swedish resource base and Swedish funded activities. The deadline for proposals is 15 July 2017. Link

Campus France — Program SIAM 2018. France and Thailand administer SIAM to promote French-Thai research collaboration in subject areas that include energy, ecology and biodiversity, agriculture, and others. SIAM is a program of mobility grants to cover air transportation and related travel expenses. The application deadline is 20 July 2017. Link

François Sommer Foundation — COAL Prize in Art and Ecology 2017. With support by the François Sommer Foundation and several partners, the COAL Prize annually highlights projects by artists working on environmental issues in the field of visual arts. The COAL Prize is open to artists from all over the world. The prize winner receives €5 thousand to support art work in progress, and is invited for a residency to advance her/his project at the Domaine de Belvalin in France. The application deadline is 20 July 2017. Link

Green Alley — Green Alley Award 2017. The Green Alley Award is an annual European prize for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the green economy. The award program focuses on business ideas that help build a circular economy and improve the waste and recycling industry. The contest finalists will be invited to Berlin to compete for a cash prize of €7 thousand, working space in Berlin for six months, and opportunities to raise additional funding. The submitted ideas must be relevant for Europe, although start-ups from around the world may compete if their focus is avoiding, reducing, re-using, recycling, or transforming waste. The application deadline is 25 July 2017. Link

Seeding Labs — Scientific Equipment for Research and Education 2017. Seeding Labs welcomes applications to participate in Instrumental Access, a program that makes high-quality laboratory equipment and supplies more affordable to university departments in low- and middle-income countries. Seeding Labs receives donated equipment from a variety of sources, including research institutions and manufacturers. Applicants submit online requests for items included in the Seeding Labs equipment inventory. Items are mainly for biology and chemistry. The average value of the items included in a shipment, based on the secondary (used) market, is generally in the range of US$60 thousand to US$150 thousand. The recipient organizations are charged a sliding fee (based on the country’s income level) for program administration, equipment warehousing, equipment packing, and ocean freight. The application deadline is 28 July 2017. Link

European Commission — EU-China Cooperation on Wildlife Protection. The EC will make grants to coordinate with China on its revised wildlife protection law, which calls on government at all levels to strengthen publicity, education, and awareness raising on wildlife protection and to support civil society organisations in doing so. Eligibility for funding extends to NGOs in EU member states and in other eligible countries that are engaged in wildlife protection, and that have cooperation arrangements with the State Forestry Administration of China. Chinese entities can participate as co-applicants. Reference EuropeAid/155146/DD/ACT/CN. The application deadline is 31 July 2017. Link

Missouri Botanical Garden — Fellowships for Visiting Researchers 2017. The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical Garden offers short-term fellowships for professionals in conservation biology, ecology, botany, and related fields. The fellowships include travel and support costs for professional visits at the Missouri Botanical Garden lasting 4-12 weeks, varying with each fellowship program. Applications are welcome from Latin America, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Vietnam (varying by fellowship program). The application deadline is 31 July 2017. Link

Singularity University — Global Grand Challenge Awards 2017. The Global Grand Challenge Awards invite applications from startup enterprises that are attacking the world’s most difficult problems. Three teams in each of 12 tracks will be invited to California in August 2017 to present their work at the Singularity University Global Summit EXPO. One winner will be selected from each track to be assisted with recognition and exposure. The tracks include disaster resilience, energy, environment, food, water, and others. The application deadline is 31 July 2017. Link

August 2017

International Water Center — International Masters Scholarships 2018. Australia’s International Water Center announces funding for three international candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management. Two scholarships will cover full tuition and living expenses (Type A Scholarship), and a third will cover full tuition (Type B Scholarship). Applications are invited from eligible countries in Asia-Pacific; Africa; Latin America and Caribbean; the Middle East; Europe; and North America. Note: Eligible countries for Type A are different from Type B. The application deadline is 01 August 2017. Link

International Elephant Foundation — Elephant Conservation and Research 2018. The International Elephant Foundation makes grants for conservation and research of elephants. Eligibility extends to organizations and individuals internationally — including students, scientists, and institutions. The program has three categories: (i) African elephant conservation; (ii) Asian elephant conservation; and (iii) Elephants in human care. Most awards are about US$10 thousand for one year. The application deadline in all categories is 11 August 2017. Link

Australian Center for International Agricultural Research — John Dillon Fellowship for Young Agricultural Scientists. ACIAR awards the John Dillon Fellowships to young agricultural scientists and economists in developing countries for professional visits to Australia. The fellowships aim to develop leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy, and/or extension technologies. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR’s priority partner countries who spend several weeks at one or two host Australian organizations. ACIAR funds eight to ten John Dillon fellowships per year. The deadline for applications is 31 August of each year. Link

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