Apply for a Whitley Award


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, or read on to discover how to apply and who is eligible.


Applications for the 2024 Whitley Awards are currently open and close at midnight GMT on 31 October 2023.

The Whitley Awards are our flagship prizes, presented by our Patron HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in London. The Whitley Awards Ceremony will take place in Spring 2024, when winners will be announced during a live event, which will also be streamed online.


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


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

  • 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 are nationals of the country in which they are working who are seeking to scale up proven work, that is embedded in the local community and 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.

  • Register for our application portal

To register for our application portal, click here. Once you have received your unique login details you will be able to complete and submit your application online.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the application portal.

  • Complete your application online

It is essential to follow our application guidelines.

Once registered for the application portal, you will be able to login and complete the form online at your convenience. Remember to save as you go! If you close the portal without saving your progress, you will lose your information. Please refer to our FAQs for further information.

As part of the application process you will need to download two documents from the portal: a Microsoft Word template for your logical framework/timeline, and a Microsoft Excel template for your budget. Once you have saved these to your computer, you can work on them in your own time then upload your completed versions to the portal.

Please note that the application guidelines, application form, logical framework/timeline and budget templates are only available until midnight GMT on 31 October 2023. Applications made on out-of-date forms from previous years will not be considered.

  • 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, and read the application guidelines to find out what is required of them.

You will be asked to submit your referees’ details in the application portal, and they will receive an automated email requesting their submissions independently before the deadline of midnight GMT on 31 October 2023.

We recommend approaching your referees with plenty of time in advance. Please remember it is your responsibility to ensure your referees meet the deadline of midnight GMT on 31 October 2023.


Please refer to our FAQs or contact us.