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Graduate Scholarship Program

Investing in the Conservation Leaders of Tomorrow

Zoo New England is committed to equality and diversity in everything we do. As part of this commitment, we've partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) to help provide graduate scholarships to the conservation leaders of tomorrow from low-income countries.

Too often brilliant young conservationists from around the world find their career paths blocked by a lack of opportunity to continue their education and collaborate with colleagues from around the world.

The WCN Graduate Scholarship Program provides these young conservation leaders of tomorrow with just this rare opportunity – to get a Masters or PhD to advance their training and experience at some of the best universities in the world. They also get to travel and meet other colleagues from around the world and build important new relationships, and learn from global experts in ways that greatly builds and improves their nations’ capacity to protect wildlife.

The program also has a wildlife veterinarian graduate scholarship program, and it recently opened a new graduate scholarship opportunity to young Tribal conservationists from indigenous US Native American communities.

Zoo New England is now a proud partner in this important initiative. In early 2024 we awarded nine wildlife conservation scholarships, to students from countries as wide-ranging as Rwanda, Bolivia, and Togo. Students will be attending top-notch universities around the world, including Oxford University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Kent. Highly threatened wild species that these students will focus on protecting include African vultures, Grevy’s zebra, African golden cat, okapi, and pangolin.

We also awarded seven wildlife veterinary scholarships to students coming from such countries as Brazil, Uganda, Mongolia and Ethiopia. They will be studying disease threats affecting a wide range of threatened species such as lion, spider monkey, albatross, and cheetah. Examples of graduate programs include a Masters in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation from the University of Bristol.

These opportunities for advancement will empower these young conservationists to become international leaders in the effort to save the highly threatened species that they have already dedicated their lives to protect.

Learn more about these extraordinary young conservation leaders.