If you have any questions, you can try to find the answers in this Frequently Asked Questions and Answers section. If you cannot find the information you need, you may contact us and ask us your question directly.
Q: The Future For Nature Award is for individuals 35 or younger. Why not for older individuals?
A: We are convinced that the world needs a new generation of conservationists with vision and purpose, who think and act out of the box, and who inspire, galvanize and mobilize others to protect nature. There is a vast pool of young, talented, and committed conservationists out there who are up against all odds and often work in unsafe conditions. It is precisely because this does not deter them from achieving their goal that their example is so inspirational to all of us.
This is why we have opted to support young talents rather than established names. We believe that the future generation of leaders in nature conservation can be found in individuals 35 years or younger. Young nature conservationists often work in remote nature areas where it is difficult to bring their projects to the attention of a larger audience. They are making the difference and deserve to be showcased on a much wider stage.
Please visit our page with Other Funding Options if you are over 35 years old.
Q: The Future For Nature Award is for individuals. Why not for organizations?
A: Outstanding conservation achievements, and conservation organizations, often depend on the leadership qualities of individuals. Also the Future For Nature Foundation wants to use its limited financial means to make a difference, and a financial award often has more added value to individuals than to organizations. The winners are expected to invest their prize in a conservation project of their own choice, and this may be a project that is “owned” by an organization.
Q: The Future For Nature Award is for individuals. Does this mean that candidates working for an organization do not qualify?
A: Any individual can apply, regardless of their formal position or affiliation to an organization. However, the Award is issued only on the basis of the achievements of the individual candidates, not on the basis of the achievements of the organization they work for. We do acknowledge that the success of a team or an organization can be attributed to the achievement of a candidate.
Q: Why is the Award only for species protection and not for nature conservation in general?
A: Our entry to nature conservation is through species protection. The nature conservation outcomes and impacts of species protection efforts are important criteria in the selection of the winners.
Q: You ask for two referee statements. What are the envisaged qualifications for referees?
A: The referees must be knowledgeable about species protection. Criteria used by the Selection Committee to judge the quality of referees are a good track record in species protection and/or scientific research.
Q: Do I have to be working in a developing country in order to qualify for the Award?
A: No. Candidates from all over the world can qualify.
Q: If my application is not successful, may I re-apply for a subsequent round?
A: As long as the candidate and application meet the criteria you can reapply. You will be required to fill in the latest version of the application form.