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the wilburforce fellowship in conservation science

about the fellowship

 The Wilburforce Fellowship is a year-long program providing leadership and science communication training, along with coaching and support, to scientists from a wide range of affiliations, career stages, and disciplines. At the root of this initiative is Wilburforce Foundation’s commitment to empowering scientists to engage in conservation management and policy discussions, because when scientists are part of the conversation, we get better solutions. Please note that Wilburforce Foundation is delaying consideration of a new cohort of Fellows until 2019, pending an evaluation of the work of our first two cohorts.


“The Fellowship shifted the needle for me. I feel more humanized as a scientist, more empowered in my dealings with the media and the public, and more hopeful in my role in conservation.”

– Meade Krosby, Climate Impacts Group
University of Washington

We know the future of conserving nature relies upon a collaborative community of individuals, organizations, agencies, and allied partners who together seek to sustain wildlife and wildlands. The Wilburforce Fellowship builds a community of practice where scientists are advancing decision-relevant research, effectively communicating scientific findings and contributing to conservation solutions by engaging with local communities, policymakers, land managers, and advocates.

announcing the 2017 wilburforce fellows

Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is pleased to announce the 2017 Fellows. These twenty scientists will join a community of conservation science leaders who excel in using science to help achieve durable conservation solutions in western North America.

“Wilburforce has a strong commitment to making the idea of ‘decisions informed by the best available science’ more than just a catchphrase. This Fellowship will empower scientists with the skills they need to connect with decision makers and engage in ways that shape the policy debate.”

– Amanda Stanley, Executive Director
Sergio Avila, 2015 Fellow, developing a network map for his work on monarch conservation at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Fellows will attend a six-day intensive training led by COMPASS in April 23-28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona where they will be provided with a comprehensive foundation of leadership and communications skills. At the training, each participant will set a goal for individual or collective engagement on a specific conservation issue, and begin to define an action plan to achieve it. Throughout the following year, fellows will receive coaching and support from trainers and peers to achieve their goals, as well as help connecting with targeted individuals and audiences.