Apply for a Whitley Award

APPLications for the 2022 whitley awards are closed

Whitley Awards fund grassroots conservation leaders in the Global South and put an international spotlight on winners’ work. To find out more about these awards, click here.


Applications for the 2022 Whitley Awards are closed. Subject to COVID-19, we hope to hold the Whitley Awards Ceremony in spring 2022 either as a physical or virtual event.

How much funding can I apply for?

Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in project funding over one year.

How do I apply?

Anyone can apply for a Whitley Award. You do not need to be invited or nominated.

       1. Check your eligibility

Please read our eligibility criteria to find out what WFN do and do not fund.

Whitley Awards are for dynamic, mid-career conservationists who are leading wildlife conservation projects in the Global South. Winners tend to be nationals of the country in which they are working who are seeking to scale up proven work that would benefit from further funding, a profile boost and international support. To be eligible, projects must involve communities at the grassroots level and deliver practical action that is founded on science.

       2. Register for our application portal

Once applications open for the 2023 Whitley Awards you will be able to register for our online application portal.

       3. Complete your application online

Detailed instructions on how to complete your application will be available when applications for the 2023 Whitley Awards open, in autumn 2022.

       4. Contact three referees

You need to ask three referees to submit references to WFN in support of your application. Check who is eligible to be a referee in our FAQs.


Please refer to our FAQs or contact us.