Whitley Awards provide funding, training and support to grassroots conservation leaders in the Global South and put an international spotlight on winners’ work. To find out more about these awards, click here.


Applications for the Whitley Awards 2021 are currently open and close at midnight GMT on 31st October 2020.


Whitley Awards are worth £40,000 GBP in project funding over one year.


Anyone can apply for a Whitley Award. You do not need to be invited or nominated.

1. Check your eligibility
Please read eligibility criteria to find out what WFN do and do not fund. This will give your application the best chance of succeeding.

Whitley Awards are for dynamic, mid-career conservationists who are leading wildlife conservation projects in the Global South. Winners tend to be nationals of the country in which they are working who are seeking to scale up proven work that would benefit from further funding, a profile boost and international support. To be eligible, projects must involve communities at the grassroots level and deliver practical action that is founded on science.

2. Register for our application portal
Click here to register for our application portal. Once you have received your unique login details you will be able to complete and submit your application online.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the application portal.

3. Complete your application online
It is essential to follow our application guidelines.
Once registered for the application portal, you will be able to login and complete the form online at your convenience. Please remember to save as you go! If you close the application portal without saving your progress, you will lose your information.

As part of the application process you will need to download two documents from the portal: a Microsoft Word template for your logical framework/timeline, and a Microsoft Excel template for your budget. Once you have saved these to your computer, you can work on them in your own time then upload your completed versions to the portal.

Please note that the application guidelines, application form, logical framework/timeline and budget templates are only available until midnight GMT on 31st October 2020. Applications made on out-of-date forms from previous years will not be considered.

4. Contact three referees
You need to ask three referees to submit references to WFN in support of your application. Check who is eligible to be a referee in our FAQs, and read the application guidelines to find out what is required of them.

You will be asked to submit your referees’ details in the application portal, and they will receive an automated email requesting their submissions independently before the deadline of midnight GMT on 31st October 2020.

5. Submit your application online
Once you have submitted your application through the portal, you will receive an automated confirmation email.

You can submit your application before your referees have responded. You can login to the application portal after you’ve submitted your application to check on the status of your references.

Please remember it is your responsibility to ensure your referees meet the deadline of midnight GMT on 31st October 2020.