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Supporting early-career scientists

Enabling scientists

We have a long history in providing career development training and capacity building opportunities for early- to mid-career researchers, in the UK and overseas. We are continually evolving programmes to support the development of environmental professionals.

Earthwatch supports scientific training opportunities for conservationists who are underfunded and in need of practical field experience. This enables future environmental leaders to realise their potential and ensure long-lasting, positive impacts on their community and the planet.


Our impact

For more than 20 years, we have enhanced the skills and experience of talented conservationists working in environmental science, education and community engagement.

More than 760 scientists have been empowered to take strides in their careers, through vital conservation research training on our projects, research grants and a global business mentoring scheme.


Earthwatch Shulman Awards

The Earthwatch Neville Shulman Awards give individuals the opportunity to implement new research, increase community engagement in environmental projects and tackle some of the world’s big environmental challenges.

Our Award winners represent communities from over 30 countries from Madagascar to Mongolia and from Angola to Argentina. They have provided support to projects as diverse as corals to volcanoes and from butterflies to Pangolins.

[Applications for 2022 are now open]



Virtual Community Science Camp 19 April – 17 May 2021

A NERC funded five-week interactive online learning programme, delivered by leading experts in the fields of environmental science and community engagement. Participants explore a range of approaches for applying a community-centred approach to environmental research. This training is open to all early-career researchers.

Next Generation Jersey

Each year, we offer the scientists of the future a Jersey-based summer internship and an Earthwatch Science Camp training programme.

2022 applications are now closed.


ESN connects business leaders to the conservation community through mentoring and skill-sharing opportunities, providing new resources to safeguard the future of vital conservation areas. 


Join us with an office-based internship! You’ll work with world class researchers and earn a living wage.


In developing countries, essential conservation skills are often missing from academic training programmes, and funding to train the next generation of conservation leaders is scarce. We depend on funding and support from funding agencies, businesses and generous individuals to continue our outstanding programme of training emerging scientists.


Ansumana Darbo

Ansumana won one of the largest grants in the 2018 Earthwatch Shulman awards to conduct a ‘Community Mangrove Conservation and Restoration’ project in Gambia.

Surbhi Sharma

Surbhi’s winning proposal is for a freshwater protection initiative in her local community in India to promote nature-based tourism. 

Bernard Amakobe

Bernard applied for a grant for training to monitor endangered elephants in South East Kenya.

Marlyn Omondi

Marlyn used the valuable networking opportunities to support her transition to her role at the United Nations Environment Programme.

Pen-Yuan Hsing

Our scientists have been inspired by the commitment of citizen scientists. PhD student Pen-Yuan Hsing is looking towards opportunities to work with the public in his research.

Michael Murunga

Michael joined the team investigating the socio-economic impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing on local coastal fishing communities on the island of Praslin, and found the opportunity jump-started his career.

Images: Kate Holt/Shoot The Earth, iStock/Jag_cz, iStock/Eduard Kyslynskyy, John Hunt


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