Open call for Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2018

Open call for Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2018



March 12, 2018






March 12, 2018





The EUROPARC Federation, with support from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., has issued an open call to young professionals – conservationists to apply for Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship. The aim of the scholarships is to enhance international cooperation and to advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of Protected Area management.

Each year the EUROPARC Federation awards three Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships. Each scholarship is worth EUR 3.000 and enables successful applicants to undertake a study visit on a particular theme to one or more Protected Areas in European countries.

Application deadline is May 4, 2018.

The call is open to all young professionals studying or working in topics related to Protected Areas in Europe. It is important to point out that applications for study visits to prepare master or doctoral thesis will not be considered.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • candidates must be under 35
  • have a European nationality
  • be employed by a Protected Area or nature conservation organization
  • or be a student or a recently graduated student

The application must address one of the following selected themes faced by Protected Area Management:

  • Biodiversity and Climate change  –  Impact and challenges for Protected Areas
  • Sustainable Development in protected Areas  –  Social and economic benefits for all
  • Opportunities for Health and Well  –  Being in Protected Areas
  • Parks for People  –  Strategies to involve people in Protected Areas

The Alfred Toepfer Stiftung E.V.S will generously cover travel expenses and participation at the biggest gathering of Protected Areas professionals, the statement reads. “This year, especially, we will be looking at the important contribution of youth to our European Protected Areas, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to learn, network and share experience”, it says.

After the trip, the scholars are expected to present the Federation their findings within a report and a short film. 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.

To learn more details about the scholarship to apply, please visit

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment

Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

40 000 species IUCN Red List threatened extinction

Almost 40,000 species on IUCN Red List are threatened with extinction

08 September 2021 - Nearly 40,000 species out of almost 140,000 on the updated IUCN Red List are threatened with extinction. The Komodo dragon's position has worsened.

EU Forest Strategy targets 3 billion trees planted by 2030

EU Forest Strategy targets 3 billion trees planted by 2030

23 July 2021 - The new EU Forest Strategy includes roadmap to increase the number of trees grown per year from 300 million to 600 million.

North Macedonia revoke concessions small hydropower

North Macedonia to revoke concessions for small hydropower plants

08 June 2021 - Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said most concession contracts for small hydropower plants in North Macedonia would be annulled regardless of possible litigation

UNECE NEXUS solutions

Exploring opportunities to achieving water-food-energy-ecosystems Nexus in Western Balkans

28 May 2021 - Integrated management of water, energy, and land resources, while protecting ecosystems, remains a substantial challenge in the Western Balkans.