Last year, the National Geographic Society and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) launched the National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellowships, which support on-the-ground conservation efforts to help save species featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark. The Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellowships will leverage the power of photographer Joel Sartore’s captivating portraits to bring attention to the global extinction crisis. They will also help put effective tools into the hands of conservationists working to turn the tide for species at risk.
While the first cohort of Fellows, who are all based in Latin America, are hard at work on their projects to help protect five endangered species, the National Geographic Society and ZSL are excited to open the call for applications to join the second cohort of Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellows in Asia and the Indo-Pacific Islands.
Applicants must be early-career conservation biologists or wildlife managers (less than 10 years’ experience) working on one of these lesser-known species. To qualify for the Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellowship, individuals must be working on a species that is featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark, but other EDGE Fellowships are available for all species listed. This upcoming cohort of Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellows must be residents of a country in Asia or the Indo-Pacific Islands in which the proposed focal species occurs.
Once selected, Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellow candidates will attend a four-week Conservation Tools training course, where they will receive training from ZSL on the essential skills needed to undertake effective conservation projects. As part of their training, the Fellow candidates will attend a National Geographic Sciencetelling Bootcamp, where the candidates will learn from world-class National Geographic photographers, editors and digital video producers. The expert storytellers will teach the candidates how to showcase their work through captivating photos, compelling video and stories written from the field. After the training, with ongoing mentorship and support from ZSL and the National Geographic Society, the Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellows will undertake a two-year fellowship project on their focal species.
The application deadline for this opportunity is 1 PM EST on June 18, 2018. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Successful applicants will be informed in September 2018. Learn more and apply here.
Visit NatGeoPhotoArk.org for updates on the program and to find out more about Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species, and ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme, at www.edgeofexistence.org.