School for Science and Conservation

NCF Courses in Conservation Leadership 2024

A new course is available. Applications open now! 

How to apply

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**New course

Exploring the Social and Historical Dimensions of Conservation

Apply here! Last date - 28th June, 2024

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Note: A new course is available. Applications open now!

The courses are free but there will a nominal fee of 500 INR towards course material.

Additional information

Limited support is available to cover travel/accommodation. Please fill up the relevant sections in the application form to be considered for support.

The courses are free. However, selected candidates will be charged Rs. 500 towards course material that will be provided during the course. Note, one participant selected for multiple courses will only have to pay the fee once.

About Courses in Conservation Leadership

Human lives are intrinsically connected to nature and therefore, adopting an inter-disciplinary approach is indispensable to understand how best to reconcile biodiversity conservation with human welfare. Such an approach transcends ecological sciences and is informed by socio-political realities and is a nuanced undertaking, requiring not just robust science, but  stakeholder engagement, negotiation, diplomacy, and collaborative spirit.

Conservation practitioners come from varied backgrounds and work in diverse fields. While their motivation comes from a deep passion and commitment, learning is often through trial and error. This is largely due to a lack of adequate formal training in inter-disciplinary conservation research and  practice, which is essential  to create a strong cadre of well-trained and motivated conservation leaders and practitioners. Recognizing this lacuna, NCF initiated courses in Conservation Leadership in 2019 that are meant for conservation practitioners and span essential conservation skills including project planning, fund raising, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, effective stakeholder engagement, and effective communication.

These courses aim to provide just that to practitioners who may be asking themselves:

  • How do I raise funds for conservation and research?

  • What are the steps for good conservation planning?

  • How can I monitor and evaluate conservation projects?

  • How do I communicate my conservation work?

    The courses aim to assist conservation practitioners in finding the best solutions to help them in their work.