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​Do you want to study abroad, perform research related to land degradation or sustainable land management? Below you can find opportunities for grants from organizations around the world.
 
The Capacity Building Marketplace publishes these opportunities for your convenience, as a service to enable people to make use of these grants to further research and expand their knowledge, thus supporting the efficacious implementation of the UNCCD. Please note that the Marketplace and the UNCCD secretariat is not involved in awarding these grants, and a listing here can not be seen as an endorsement. If you are interested in any of the grants listed below, please contact the issuing organization for further information and for applications.
 
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Global South Scholars: Fellowships for Young Professors
The Graduate Institute's program Global South Scholars awards fellowships to young professors from developing and emerging countries for a semester of advanced research in international and development studies.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction; Education; Climate Change
Application date:Closed the next round to be announced soon

Australian Center for International Agricultural Research Events funding
ACIAR provides sponsorship assistance to individuals wishing to attend a conference, seminar, workshop or field day.
Topic: Food
Application date:the first Wednesday of April and the last Wednesday of October in each calendar year

Grants for conservation leadership
Conservation Leadership Programme offers the funding opportunities for early-career conservationists.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests
Application date:The next call for applications will be made in August 2014

Short-Term Fellowships Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute offers grant support for university and postdoctoral research at its facilities in Panama in several disciplines of biology, ecology, soils sciences, anthropology, and others.
Topic: Forests; Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15

RONPAKU Fellowships for PhD Students
The RONPAKU fellowships is a program of the JSPS to support students from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to pursue PhD degrees from Japanese universities.
Topic: Education
Application date:27-Aug-14

The Caribbean Future Leaders Scholarship
The “FUTURE LEADERS” Scholarship was created by Western Union to provide support for students who have graduated High School and are entering their first year of College, University or other vocational program.
Topic: Education
Application date:29-Aug-14

Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals through its Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program to carry out research, education, and on-farm demonstration projects that address purposes of the Sustainable Agriculture Act.
Topic: Sustainability; Agriculture; Capacity Building Topics
Application date:Dec 31, 2016

Matsumae International Foundation Research Fellowships 2015
The Matsumae International Foundation will award approximately 20 short-term fellowships (of 3-6 months) for pursuing research in Japan.
Topic: Education
Application date:31-Aug-14

Western SARE Professional Development Program
Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)offers grants to sustainable agriculture professionals who want to expand their projects on conservation of natural resources.
Topic: Agriculture; Sustainability; conservation
Application date:29-October, 2014

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
Participate now for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy conferring great benefit upon mankind.
Topic: Biodiversity; Renewable Energy
Application date:12-Sep-14

Primate Conservation Inc . Research Grants
Primate Conservation Inc . offers seed funding and matching grants for graduate students, qualified conservationists, and primatologists to study rare and endangered primates.
Topic: Biodiversity; Food
Application date:20/09/2014

Call for proposals: business innovation in arid and semi-arid areas of East Africa
The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is now accepting applications targeted at arid and semi-arid areas of East Africa, apply now!
Topic: Climate Change; Renewable Energy; Drought
Application date:23/09/2014

Masters and Doctoral Studies in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic provides scholarships to support nationals from developing countries at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic. 
Topic: Climate Change; Food; Forests; Drought; Water; Education
Application date:30-Sep-14

Fund for Biodiversity Conservation in Eastern Africa
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund CEPF announces a new round of funding for conservation of the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot. 
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:15-Sep-14

The GEO Appathon: global App development competition
The GEO Appathon is a global App development competition open to any non-commercial individual, team or entity (students, scientists and developers) with a passion for unleashing the power of Earth Observations (EO) to allow us all to make smarter decisions about the planet.
Topic: Food; Climate Change; Forests
Application date:26-Sep-14

 Fund for Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (REACT)
REACT is a special fund of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund  (AECF) that is open to business ideas based on low cost clean energy and solutions (technologies, products, services) that can help rural people adapt to climate change.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:23-Sep-14

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships, Round 3
The Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organization for a program of professional development.
Topic: Education
Application date:18-Sep-14

Evaluating the Regional Food Security Program of the West African Development Bank.
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) invites qualifying research teams to submit their qualifications to review and evaluate the regional food security program of the West African Development Bank.
Topic: Food; Biodiversity; Drought
Application date:15-Sep-14

Fund for Improved Food Security in Ethiopia
USAID/Ethiopia invites the private sector and research institutions, both internationally as well as locally in Ethiopia, to work together towards finding solutions to address chronic food insecurity in the country.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Food
Application date:15-Sep-14

ONE International: Africa Award 2014
The ONE Africa Award honors the exceptional work of individuals and organizations based in Africa to help Africa achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:12-Sep-14

Global Development Network Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014
In order to help bring attention to the need for scholarship and fresh ideas in this area, and to encourage broad participation, the Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces an international essay contest. The contest invites essays on the future of development assistance.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:15-Sep-14

Private Enterprise in Development, Special Call for Researchers in Developing Countries
The PEDL programme invites applications from researchers based in Low-Income Countries (LICs) to a Special Call of its Exploratory Grants Programme (ERG). A key goal of the ERG programme is to encourage research on issues related to private enterprise development in low-income countries by scholars based in these countries.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:1-Sep-14

Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship Program
This Fellowship is for fellows with graduate degrees in forestry or forest-related specialties. To broaden their understanding of the relationship of forest resource problems to humans, including policy makers, environmentalists, farmers, scientists, and forest-product industrialists.
Topic: Food; Forests
Application date:1-Sep-14

The Energy Globe Award
Energy Globe Foundation organize the Energy Globe Award, which is one of the largest environmental prize with 165 participating countries and more than 1000 project entries per year. The Energy Globe Award is presented annually to outstanding and sustainable projects in the area of environment and energy.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:22-Sep-14

Funds for Research on Biological Resources in Agriculture and Forestry
The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for funding international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowship grants in 2015 is now open. 
Topic: Forests; Food
Application date:10-Sep-14

Open Science Research Grants
The Agropolis Foundation (France) promotes interdisciplinary and integrated plant biology, ecology, and sustainable agriculture addressing development issues in the global North and South.
Topic: Forests; Food
Application date:15-Sep-14

Waterloo Foundation Environment Fund
The Waterloo Foundation manages an Environment Fund that supports projects to manage and conserve tropical forests and marine resources.
Topic: Forests; Water; Biodiversity
Application date:1-Sep-14

International Plant Nutrition Institute Science Award 2014
The purpose of this award is to recognize and promote distinguished contributions by scientists involved with global ecological intensification as related to crop production.
Topic: Food; Drought; Forests
Application date:30-Sep-14

Sustainability Science Program 2014-2015
The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University offers doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career fellowships in Sustainability Science.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:30/09/2014

Master and PhD scholarships of the University of Fribourg
The University of Fribourg offers a limited number of scholarships during the year for master studies and for doing research at PhD level, apply now!
Topic: Capacity Building Topics
Application date:28 February to start master studies in the following academic year / 28 February for a research stay during the next autumn semester and 30 September for a research stay during the next spring semester.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program supports non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the U.S. for experienced professionals from countries that are undergoing development or political transition.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Food
Application date:1-Oct-14

Jack Kimmel International Grant Program
Jack Kimmel grants provide much needed funding to arboriculture and urban forestry researchers all over the world. This grant is administered by the TREE Fund, with participation from the Canadian TREE Fund in the evaluation process.
Topic: Forests
Application date:1-Oct-14

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation: Research grant programme
The Research Grant Programme aims to support field research projects and studies within the scope of nature conservation in developing countries, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:24-Oct-14

Professional & Producer Grants
Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)offers professionals and producers grants to work together towards research and education in fields related to sustainable agriculture.
Topic: Sustainability; Agriculture; Capacity Building Topics
Application date:3-December, 2014.

Western SARE Farmer Research & Education
Western SARE offers grants for farmers interested in using their farms as a research facility along with educating others about the innovative approaches in sustainable agriculture. 
Topic: Agriculture; Sustainability; research on capacity building
Application date:3-December, 2014.

Darwin Initiative for Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction, Round 21.
Co-administered by Defra and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Darwin Initiative contributes knowledge that links biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction in low and middle-income countries.
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought; Food
Application date:27-Oct-14

ENERGY GLOBE Award
Sustainable initiatives and innovative projects from around the world are invited to apply for the ENERGY GLOBE Award.
Topic: Climate Change; sustainability; Poverty Reduction; Biodiversity
Application date:22-Sep-14

Scottish Government Malawi Development Fund 2015
The Malawi 2015 funding round from the Scottish Government for projects in Malawi, starts in April 2015 and runs up to the end of March 2018. 
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:3-Oct-14

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
The Fellowship provides funding for field research aimed at increasing the yield of food crops, improving farmers’ livelihoods, and enhancing soil fertility.
Topic: Food
Application date:1-Oct-14

The Research Development Fund (RDF)
The Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses global challenges.  
Topic: Education
Application date:31-Oct-14

Suez Environment Initiatives Funds
The Fund makes grants and provides technical skills for projects in water, sanitation, waste water treatment, and waste management in developing countries.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Climate Change
Application date:31-Oct-14

Keepers of the Earth
First Peoples Worldwide makes grants through the Keepers of the Earth Fund to support grassroots projects of indigenous organizations.
Topic: Climate Change; Poverty Reduction; Biodiversity; Forests
Application date:31-Oct-14

Jack Kimmel International Grant Program
The Jack Kimmel International Grant Program makes grants to researchers in arboriculture and urban forestry worldwide. Projects of one to three years are funded to a maximum of US$10 thousand.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests
Application date:01/10/2014

SCI Wildlife Conservation and Research.
The Safari Club International Foundation (SCI) makes grants for wildlife conservation and research in Africa, Asia, and North America.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:31/10/2014

PhD Research in Agricultural Development at European Universities, AGTRAIN 2014.
Six European universities collaborate to offer the program Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AGTRAIN).
Topic: Food
Application date:01 Nov 2014

The Sophie Prize: Leaders in International Environment
The Sophie Prize is awarded to an individual or an organization that, in a pioneering or a particularly creative way, points to alternatives to the present unsustainable development path, and puts such alternatives into practice.
Topic: Food; Climate Change
Application date:15/11/2014

The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program
The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.
Topic: Food; Agriculture; Forests; Sustainability; land management; environment
Application date:23-Oct-14

MAB Young Scientists Awards
UNESCO MAB Man and the Biosphere Programme awards young researches with up to US$ 5,000 to support their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.
Topic: Biodiversity; conservation
Application date:31-Oct-14

St. Andrews Prize for the Environment 2015
The award recognizes significant contributions to environment by individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups who contributed significantly to its betterment.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; conservation; Agriculture; development; land management; Sustainability
Application date:31-Oct-14

Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2015 Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships.
Topic: Food
Application date:31-Oct-14

Borlaug Fellowships 2015
Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program offers training and collaborative research opportunities  to scientists   grants to agricultural scientists, researchers, and policymakers from 34 eligible countries.
Topic: Food
Application date:31-Oct-14

Innovation Prize for Africa 2015
The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) invites all African innovators for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:31-Oct-14

Whitley Awards 2015
The Whitley Awards are granted to wildlife and natural conservation projects around the world. If selected, your project will be awarded up to £35,000 GBP.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:31-Oct-14

Scientific Co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland
The programme aims at supporting individual researchers, research teams and research institutions from the target countries in their endeavor to overcome the difficulties of the transition period.
Topic: Education
Application date:15-Nov-14

Community-based Resilience Programming in the Arid Lands of Kenya
USAID seeks to fund an international non-governmental organization to build capacity and technical knowledge in Kenyan NGOs through the oversight and implementation of programs for disaster risk reduction, that build community-level resilience to future droughts.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Food
Application date:30-Nov-14

The Waterloo Foundation Environment Fund
This fund aims to equip promising individuals with the funds to adequately research on pressing environmental issues and produce significant research on relevant topics.
Topic: environment
Application date:1-September, 2014.

LEAP Fellowships for Agricultural Research at U.S. Universities
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries for agricultural research at universities in the USA. 
Topic: Food
Application date:2-Dec-14

University of Cambridge Conservation Leadership Scholarships
Two scholarship programmes established to support students from less developed and developing countries that are rich in biodiversity, to attend the Master of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:3-Dec-13

Acumen Global Fellows Program for Next-Generation Leaders
This Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to serving the poor.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:13-Dec-13

EU funding under the new CAP
The EU unveils the new Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), which is greener CAP. The new funding supports all Member States, all rural areas and all farmers to take proven measures to promote sustainability and combat climate change.
Topic: Food; Agriculture; land management; environment; Sustainability
Application date:

The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE): Farmer Rancher Grant Program
NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.
Topic: Food; Forests; Agriculture; land management; environment; Sustainability
Application date:20-Nov-14

The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE): Partnership Grant Program
The Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. 
Topic: Food; Forests; Agriculture; land management; environment
Application date:30-Oct-14

Land and Food Fellowships for Africans 2015-2016.
The UK's Royal Agricultural College offers fellowships to African students for the MSc in international rural development, and MSc in sustainable agriculture and food security.
Topic: Food; land management; environment; Sustainability
Application date:30-Nov-14

Post-Graduate Studies in Germany.
The scholarship is addressed to post-graduates and to academics who already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany.
Topic: Food; Forests; environment; Sustainability; land management
Application date:30-Nov-14

Chevening Scholarships 2015-2016
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to talented professionals who are potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. The Scholarships not only offer financial support to study for a Master’s degree at the UK’s leading universities, but the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network. 
Topic: Education; Poverty Reduction; Sustainability; environment; Food; Forests
Application date:15-Nov-14

The World for People Foundation fund for development programmes
The World for People Foundation proposes to contribute to the sustainable development of emerging economies through the promotion of innovative social projects which offer advanced technological solutions for improving the quality of life and economic conditions of the local population.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Wageningen UR Center: Professional Training Courses 2014
The Center for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen University in the Netherlands helps build the capacities of individuals and organizations that are addressing the global challenges of sustainability and food security.
Topic: Food
Application date:

Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP)
This program offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries who are engaged in agricultural research.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:31/12/2014

Support for workshop and educational meeting
PAGES (Past Global Changes) supports workshops and educational meetings aimed at understanding the earth’s past environment in order to make predictions about the future. The program offers funding to qualified organizers of workshops and educational meetings.
Topic: Education; development; Sustainability
Application date:5-Jan-15

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research
Grants are available for graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists wishing to pursue exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation.
Topic: development; Food; environment; Sustainability
Application date:20-Feb-15

The Peru Opportunity Fund support to agriculture and rural development
Peru Opportunity Fund links smallholder farmers to the information, simple technologies and capital they need to enhance their productivity and make informed choices about their land, their crops and their livelihoods.
Topic: Food; development; Sustainability
Application date:31-Jan-15

Fellowships 2015-2016 at IAS-STS Austria
Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology, and Society promotes interdisciplinary research on interactions among science, technology and society. Its annual fellowship program supports international research fellows for up to nine months of research at the Institute, and visiting scholars for shorter periods.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:January 31st, 2015

UK Government Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA): Regional Opportunities Fund
Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Directorate is keen to help maximise the impact derived from ESPA’s research.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:1-Jun-16

Competitive Educational Support Program
The Leopold Center will help co-sponsor one-time events, programs, workshops, conferences or displays that are educational in nature and support the mission of the Leopold Center.
Topic: Agriculture; Food; Forests; sustainability; land management
Application date:

Grants for Projects in Water, Agriculture, and Community Development
Vibrant Village Foundation supports transformational change at the village level. The foundation follows a bottom-up approach that engages community leadership where projects are designed and implemented with the support of the community.
Topic: development; Sustainability; environment
Application date:

Funds for Food and Business Applied Research
The Food & Business Applied Research Fund aims at promoting research supported innovations that are readily applicable and contribute to the enhancement of sustainable food security for the most vulnerable populations in the 15 partner countries.
Topic: Food; development; Poverty Reduction; environment
Application date:

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships targets highly-qualified students for studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester.
Topic: Sustainability; Education; Poverty Reduction; development; Drought; land management
Application date:

The Walton International Scholarship Program
The Walton International Scholarship Program aims to champion faith and empower young minds to initiate meaningful impact across Central America and Mexico.
Topic: Education; Poverty Reduction; Climate Change; Sustainability
Application date:

Full scholarship opportunities at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies!
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, the forefront of environmental studies and research in the Middle East, offers full scholarship to students from Arab countries. Apply now!
Topic: Drought; Water; Food; Biodiversity; Renewable Energy
Application date:On a rolling basis (the fall semester begins in September/ October each year– the spring semester begins in February each year).

Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship
Shuttleworth Foundation is looking for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and are seeking support through an innovative social investment model.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The Coca-Cola Company Community Support
The Coca-Cola Company seeks to make a unique and sustainable difference the areas of water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling, and education. The company invites community projects to apply for its support.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grantsc
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) invites proposals for its grant program. The IAF funds the self-help efforts of grassroots groups in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve living conditions of the disadvantaged and the excluded, enhance their capacity for decision-making and self-governance, and develop partnerships with the public sector, business and civil society.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The Natural Environment Research Council Fellowships
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) fellowship scheme provides opportunities for outstanding early-career environmental scientists.
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought; Water
Application date:

The Future Climate Change Officer Fellowship Program (Future CCOs)
The Future Climate Change Officer Fellowship Program (Future CCOs) is designed to connect masters level graduates who have focused their studies upon climate change or sustainability, with companies, universities and government entities to work on climate change related response efforts.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:

Science without Borders "Young Talent" 2014 Brazil
Science without Borders is a joint effort of Brazil's Ministry of Education (MEC) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). The program aims to place Brazilian students and researchers in top universities worldwide.
Topic: Education; Poverty Reduction
Application date:07 April 2014, 23 June 2014, and 15 September 2014

The Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
Established in 1987 with funding from the Government of Japan, the World Bank Joint Japan Graduate Scholarship Program has helped create an international community of highly trained professionals working in economic and social development through financing of graduate and post-graduate studies.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Education; Food; Gender; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Master in Laws (LLM) in Climate Change Law and Policy
Applications are now being taken for a new post-graduate programme in climate change law offered by the University of Strathclyde Law School and starting in September 2014.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:

Training Courses 2014 in Agriculture and Other Development Subjects
Israel's Agency for International Development (MASHAV) offers professional short courses in Israel in subject areas that include agriculture, energy, health, education, and social development.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Vodafone Scholarship Programme
The Vodafone Foundation wants to open up new educational opportunities for young people with migrant backgrounds who want to study in German Universities.
Topic: Awareness Raising; Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Education; Food; Gender; Migration; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Patagonia Grants for Environmental Protection
Patagonia makes grants to support nonprofit organizations for campaigns to preserve and protect the environment.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:30 April and 31 August of each year

Every Day Capacity Building Grants
Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Public lands need the support they deserve every day.
Topic: Biodiversity; Awareness Raising
Application date:October 30: Winter Cycle  April 30: Summer Cycle

A new initiative empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challenges
The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) provides fellowships to scientists and graduate students from African national agricultural research organizations and universities to undertake biosciences research-for-development projects.
Topic: Biodiversity; Education
Application date:

The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) small grants programs for implementers
The TOPS Program has two types of grants available through its Small Grants Program.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Climate Change; Food
Application date:

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa: Grant Making
The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) makes grants to enhance the socio-economic development and livelihood of rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) Training Courses Grant
Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) funds professional courses organized and hosted by Israeli institutions in subject areas that include agriculture, energy, health, education, and social development.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The Ibrahim Scholarship Programmes
The Ibrahim Scholarships support aspiring African leaders at a number of distinguished academic institutions.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Programme
Programme designed to identify and support potential African leaders of the future. The Ibrahim Leadership Fellows receive mentoring from the current leaders of key multilateral institutions.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Gender
Application date:16th July

Programa de Becas de la Institución Smithsonian in Panamá
The grants of the Institución Smithsonian support research and scientific training to participants from various academic levels to enrich their knowledge on the biological diversity of the tropics.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests; Climate Change; Water
Application date:Various (for more information please visit the STRIs website)

The Hewlett Foundation Grants
This Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: education, environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

Degree Program Research Scholarships at International Rice Research Institute
Program for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in their PhD and MS studies, supervised by leading scientists in their field.
Topic: Drought; Food; Biodiversity
Application date:

The Shouichi Yoshida Memorial Scholarship (SYMS)
Scholarship for students coming from economically handicapped families, with a specialization in agriculture.
Topic: Biodiversity; Food; Drought
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China Scholarship Council (CSC) Sandwich Doctoral Degree Scholarship
“Sandwich” doctoral degree and Visiting Scientist research programs are linked to the IRRI research program. Research outputs will be integral parts of the IRRI Medium Term Plan, hence contributing to the IRRI mission as international public goods, towards achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
Topic: Biodiversity; Food; Drought
Application date:31-Dec

2013 International Opportunities Fund
The International Opportunities Fund supports international collaborative research on topics related to global environmental change. The current call for proposals will support research in the area of food security and land-use change.
Topic: Food; Climate Change; Biodiversity
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Edinburgh Global Development Academy Master's Scholarships
The University of Edinburgh will offer 2 Master's scholarships covering the overseas rate of fee for students from less developed countries and 2 Master's scholarships covering the "home" rate of tuition fee for UK/EU students for eligible Master's programmes offered by the University.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Education; Drought; Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

Master Grants for students from developing countries
Ghent University provides Master Grants to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Food; Education; Climate Change; Biodiversity
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Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)
Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are aimed at strengthening the Action network and fostering collaboration.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Education; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The German Acadamic Exchange Service Scholarships with Special Relevance for Developing Countries
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
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UNIL Master's grants
To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes available around ten Master’s grants which are awarded on a competitive basis.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:Scholarships for foreign students Federal Commission Hallwylstrasse 4 CH-3003 Bern

International Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarships
The International Fulbright Science and Technology (S&T) Award for outstanding foreign students is designed to be among the most prestigious international scholarships in science and technology.
Topic: Education; Climate Change; Biodiversity
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Otto Kinne Foundation Fellowships
The Otto Kinne Foundation (OKF) awards fellowships to young environmental scientists in Eastern Europe, the Balkan countries, and the Caucasus region.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Research grants
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) makes grants to early-career researchers in developing countries for the sustainable management of biological and water resources.
Topic: Biodiversity
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Equipment and supplies for conservation
Idea Wild is a nonprofit organization to provide equipment and supplies in support of biodiversity conservation in developing countries.
Topic: Biodiversity
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Biodiversity and Climate
The Foundation provides financial assistance, and it donates skilled services. The central interests of the Foundation are social responsibility and the environment.
Topic: Biodiversity
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Flagship Species Fund
The Flagship Species Fund makes grants in developing countries for local projects that focus on conserving “flagship” (symbolic and charismatic) species and their wider habits and ecosystems.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Projects that link conservation with community development
Empowers Africa takes the view that sustainable conservation is built on community-based collaboration.
Topic: Biodiversity
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Grants for photography projects
Competitive grants are offered to emerging conservation photographers for photography in Australia and eligible Asia-Pacific countries.
Topic: Biodiversity; Education
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Capacity Building of Young Conservationists in Developing Countries.
Through Earthwatch Europe, young conservationists in developing countries are placed in Earthwatch projects to gain experience.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Leaders of Research Projects
Earthwatch makes grants to leaders (i.e., principal investigators) of field projects that fall within its four themes: ecosystem services; climate change; oceans; and cultural heritage.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund makes annual conservation grants, and it manages a rapid response fund. It also makes awards to grassroots conservationists for outstanding work to protect wildlife and habitats, and to educate communities.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Conservation and Science
The Conservation and Science Program invests in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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New Calls: Cerrado and Indo-Burma
Grant making in the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is decentralized by biodiversity regions, supporting conservation strategy for each “hot spot.”
Topic: Forests; Biodiversity
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The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant
The  Conservation, Food and Health Foundation makes grants for conserving ecosystems and protecting biological diversity in developing countries.
Topic: Forests; Biodiversity
Application date:January 1 and July 1

Grants for environmental education and research
Conservation and Research Foundation makes grants for institutional support and for education and research in the following thematic areas: Limiting population growth; Biodiversity protection; Law and the environment; Agriculture conservation; and Pollution and energy solutions.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:31-Aug of every year

Enviroment Grants
The Trust’s interests in environment are broad to include both terrestrial and marine issues, and a wide geographical scope.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
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The Blue Moon Grant
The Blue Moon Fund aims to build human and natural resilience to a changing and warming world.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Small Grant Program
The Rainforest Biodiversity Group makes small grants for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Neotropics.   Grants are to university graduate students and nonprofit organizations and associations.
Topic: Biodiversity
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Grants for research in biological and biophysical sciences.
The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation makes research grants in the biological and biophysical sciences (except medical research).
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:07 March

Animal Services and the Environment
The Foundation’s interests include: Wildlife research and conservation; Animal health and anti-cruelty campaigns; Community-based management of natural resources; and Environmental education and capacity building.
Topic: Biodiversity
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Conservation Projects Grant
Each year, the Foundation selects a general environmental theme for its grants. The themes include sub-topics such as the following: Tree planting and forest protection; Prevention of desertification; Wildlife protection; Ecosystem and biodiversity conservation and more.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Environmental Protection Fund
Grants are to nonprofit organizations in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to promote activities that focus on environmental education, communications, and training. Examples are tree planting days, ecological walks, environmental contests, and similar.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Tropical Forest Conservation.
The tropical forest conservation act helps fund the establishment and management of protected areas; practices for land and ecosystem management.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests
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Grants for International Cooperation in Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development
The Foundation makes grants for international cooperation projects in research, capacity building, and field projects that contribute to environmental conservation.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Grants Program
The Japan Fund for Global Environment makes grants for relevant activities implemented in developing countries by Japanese NGOs; activities implemented in developing countries by non-Japanese NGOs; and activities implemented in Japan by Japanese NGOs.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests
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Peru Opportunity Fund - Soluciones Sostenibles para el Perú Rural
Peru Opportunity Fund facilita el acceso de los pequeños productores en el Perú a la información, las tecnologías simples y al capital que necesitan para mejorar su productividad y tomar decisiones adecuadas respecto a sus tierras, sus cultivos y sus medios de vida. Solicita financiamiento ahora!
Topic: Food
Application date:Open anytime

Support for development projects in Mexico and Central America
The Atkinson Foundation makes grants for grassroots projects in Mexico and Central America.
Topic: Food; Forests
Application date:February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1

Fondation Ensemble Program Fund
The Program Fund makes grants in all of the Foundation’s programmatic areas in eligible countries. Applicant organizations should be at least three years old, and have a yearly budget of at least €500 thousand.
Topic: Biodiversity; Poverty Reduction
Application date:Closed (new round coming soon)

CFSI Family Farming in West Africa (French)
French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI) provides grants for farming organizations; NGOs in West Africa; support NGOs in West Africa and Europe; public institutions; and networks of organizations and individuals working together to develop family farming in West Africa.
Topic: Food; Climate Change
Application date:Closed (The next round coming soon)

HIVOS Green Entrepreneurship program
This program aims to build the capacities of rural men and women, and small and medium enterprises, in ways that combine environmental sustainability and economic development. There is no minimum or maximum grant size.
Topic: Food; Climate Change; Forests
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IFS Research grants
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) provides grants to early-career scientists of low-income developing countries.
Topic: Education
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Orskov Foundation Student Grants
Grants for graduate students in developing countries of agriculture, land use, or environment.
Topic: Forests
Application date:between 1st October and 31st December each year

Philip Morris International Rural Living Conditions
Foundation to support programs to protect and enhance natural resources, reforest the land, implement conservation agriculture, provide clean water, ensure food security, and improve the livelihoods of people living in rural communities.
Topic: Forests
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Collaboration Fund
The Collaboration Fund provides grants to advance sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world.
Topic: Forests
Application date:12 April 2014

Protect-an-Acre (PAA) Fund
The Protect-an-Acre Fund (PAA) aims to protect the world’s forests and support the rights of their inhabitants through small grants.
Topic: Forests
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Rothamsted International Fellowships
Available to mid-career scientists who are citizens of developing or emerging countries
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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SEED Foundation grant
The Sow & Encourage Economic Development (SEED) Foundation supports agricultural development projects in Africa.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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Grant for Food Security
The Segal Family Foundation supports a wide range of projects and organizations.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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Skoll awards
The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select few social entrepreneurs whose proven innovations have demonstrated impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Topic: Forests
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Support for civil society in Southern Africa
The Southern Africa Trust’s vision is that policies and strategies across the region work to end poverty.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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SwedBio Collaborative Program
SwedBio contributes to ideas, methods, and policies regarding how biodiversity, ecosystem services, and resilience help sustain livelihoods in productive sectors.
Topic: Biodiversity
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The International Foundation Grant Programme
Foundation that strives to support projects that are devoted to the development and growth of communities.
Topic: Forests
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Wallace Genetic Foundation Grants in agriculture, natural resources, and related issues
Grants for nonprofit organizations in the USA to support general and specific programs, including some that have an international focus.
Topic: Forests
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Yara Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa
The Yara Prize recognizes efforts that increase food production and create value in African agriculture.
Topic: Food
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Heinrich Boell foundation Scholarship for International Students
The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year.
Topic: Food
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Ecocert Grants for sustainable agriculture, environment, and local developmen
Grants for non-profit organisations or bodies whose purpose is environmental protection or raising awareness of environmental causes.
Topic: Forests
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Climate and Land Use Alliance Grants
The Climate and Land Use Alliance is a collaborative initiative of the ClimateWorks Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Topic: Food
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Cargill Environmental Stewardship.
Strategic grants to organizations serving communities where Cargill has a presence.
Topic: Food
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AGRA Grants supporting agricultural research and development
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has four focus areas: agricultural seed; soil fertility; market access; and agricultural policies.
Topic: Food
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International Climate Initiative (ICI)
The German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) funds projects to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and preserve biodiversity.
Topic: Climate Change
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SEED Awards 2014
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:08-Apr-2014

Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation
The purpose of the Prize is to afford recognition to outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment.
Topic: Education
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The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards
The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was established in order to recognize and honor the contributions of individuals, organisations, and governments around the world towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
Topic: Food
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The Ramsar Convention's Small Grants Fund
The Ramsar Convention established the Small Grants Fund (SGF) in 1990 as a mechanism to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to implement the Convention and to support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources.
Topic: Food
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The Benefit-sharing Fund
The Benefit-sharing Fund invests directly in high impact projects supporting farmers in developing countries conserve crop diversity.
Topic: Biodiversity
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IFAD Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility
The objective of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is to strengthen indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations by financing small-projects which foster their self-driven development.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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ICGEB Research Grants
International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Grants support the creation of research facilities in promising institutes; promote training of young scientists; and develop new research programs of specific interest in participating countries.
Topic: Food
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GEF grants
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides grants to various types of projects ranging from several thousand dollars to several million dollars. 
Topic: Climate Change
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Global Crop Diversity Trust Long term grants
Long-term grants secure in-perpetuity funding for the conservation of the major food crops of the world.
Topic: Food
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European Development Fund (EDF)
Created in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome, and first launched in 1959, the European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for providing community development aid in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the overseas countries and territories (OCTs).
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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African women in Agricultural Research and Delopment (AWARD) Fellowships
Career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills through tailored fellowships.
Topic: Food
Application date:Open

ASARECA’s Research Grants System
Research Grants System to promote agricultural research of strategic importance and relevance for the eastern and central Africa sub-region.
Topic: Food
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The Arab Fund Fellowships Program
The Arab Fund Fellowships Program has been launched in December, 1997, with the purpose of providing Arab Ph.D. holders.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:01 Jan

Congo Basin Forest Fund
The Congo Basin Forest Fund was launched in June 2008 with a grant of £100 million from the governments of the UK and Norway to develop the capacity of the people and institutions of the Congo Basin to preserve and manage their forests. 
Topic: Forests
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The African Water Facility (AWF)
The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa.
Topic: Drought
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Training for University Students in Agricultural Studies
Orskov makes grants to support animal agriculture in developing countries, including for agricultural studies related to poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction
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The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund US/Canada Grants for the Academic Year 2014-15
For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada, The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) awards grants of approximately $12,000 each; grants are not renewable.  The MMMF also typically invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honor.
Topic: Education
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Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund scholarships
The Taiwan ICDF provides scholarships for higher education and has developed undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs in cooperation with renowned partner universities in Taiwan.
Topic: Education
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