Apply Now for the 2024 Whitley Awards

Applications are open until 31 October 2023

Are you a conservationist leading an inspiring project in your home country?

We’ve begun the search for our next cohort of Whitley Award winners. Every year, we present our flagship Whitley Award prizes to six effective, mid-career conservation leaders who are working across the Global South and poised for scale up.

These coveted prizes provide project funding to support community-based projects that are using the latest available science to benefit wildlife, people and climate.

We also provide winners with training; peer-to-peer support through our network of over 200 alumni, representing some of the best conservation projects in the world; and eligibility for further funding offered as long-term, laddered support.

“Winning a Whitley Award was a turning point in my conservation career  that has allowed me and my team to fulfil and strengthen our life mission to protect wildlife and co-create sustainable livelihoods for local communities. I am beyond grateful for this support!” Marleny Rosales Meda, 2008

Whitley Awards are won competitively following a global search and assessment by an expert   and are presented by WFN Patron, HRH the Princess Royal, at an annual Ceremony in London, which opens the door to international recognition of winners’ work, amplified through PR support.

Two conservationists carry out field work, making measurements of a seabirds' ground nests in the sand in front of a small camera. They are dressed in matching light grey tshirts and baseball caps with dark grey trousers. The sky is blue and the terrain is sandy island, with sea visible in the background,

What do winners receive?

  • £40,000 in project funding
  • An international spotlight on their work
  • Tailor-made films, PR assistance and publicity materials
  • Access to a 200 strong alumni network facilitating South-South cooperation
  • Professional communications and media training
  • Opportunities to apply for Continuation Funding
  • Overseas and online training, where the agenda is set by alumni and focused on peer-to-peer exchange

How to apply?

Click here to find out everything you need to know about how to apply, and to read our eligibility criteria. You do not need to be invited or nominated to apply.

The application period for the 2024 Whitley Awards is now OPEN – apply by midnight GMT 31 October 2023. 

For more information, please watch the film below and read our related FAQ Section.