Conservation Leadership

NCF Courses in Conservation Leadership 2023

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. After two years of online courses, we will bring you back to the classroom and field.


NOTE: Please note the change in dates for the course on Conservation Entrepreneurship

Who can apply

These courses are open to Indian conservation practitioners/government officials/local community members/researchers/students. They are meant for people who are engaged in conservation on-ground. The courses will be taught by NCF faculty and resource persons from other institutions.

Individuals may choose to apply for one or more courses. Please refer to details provided on individual course posters to help you decide. Participants will be selected based on the application and potential applicability of the course content to their conservation efforts. Please make sure that you emphasise this in your application. Incomplete applications will be summarily rejected.

How to apply

CLICK HERE to apply

The deadline for submission of the applications is 20 January 2023.

For any questions you can reach us on, with "CL courses 2023" in the subject line.

NOTE: Selected participants will be notified within a week after the application deadline.

Additional information

Most courses will be held in Bangalore, except the course on Ecological restoration, which will be held in Valparai, TN. If you need travel and/or accommodation support, please write to us separately – Please indicate your Name-Support Requested (CL course 2023) in the subject line of the email justifying your request. Limited support is available to cover travel/accommodation.