Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Fully funded training opportunities available
April/May 2018

Our work enabling scientists

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 environment.

In 2017 we have three unique training opportunities available for emerging scientists with interests in coral reef conservation, community engagement and protected area management. Please read on for further details.

For more than 20 years, Earthwatch has enhanced the skills and experience of talented environmentalists in the early stages of their careers. Through vital conservation research training on Earthwatch projects, research grants and a global business mentoring scheme more than 760 scientists have been empowered to take strides in their careers.

Coral Communities in the Seychelles

Our project Coral Communities in the Seychelles focuses on coral reef conservation within the Curieuse Island Marine Park, and investigates the socio-economic impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing on local coastal fishing communities in the island of Praslin.

Earthwatch is proud to offer valuable capacity building training opportunities on this project to enhance the skills and experience of talented early career conservationists and environmentalists since 2008.

Coral Communities on the Seychelles is directed by Professor David Smith, senior lecturer in Marine Biology from the University of Essex, and supported by the Seychelles National Park Authority. This vital work is carried out in partnership with the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Read about Mariette from the Seychelles Island Foundation and her experience with Coral Communities in the Seychelles in 2016 here.

Fully funded training opportunities available
April/May 2018

In 2018 Earthwatch is offering a number of training opportunities on the ‘Coral Communities in the Seychelles’ research project, based on Curieuse and Praslin Island, in the Seychelles, in April/May 2018.

Who Should Apply

The training opportunities are open to early career environmental and conservation professionals working within the Indian Ocean region. There are two types of training on offer, one specialising in marine conservation and the other in socioeconomic research and community engagement.

Coral Reef Conservation Research

If you are an experienced diver, you have the opportunity to join world-renowned coral reef conservation specialists in Curieuse Marine National Park, with the exciting opportunity to contribute to vital research into endangered coral communities.

The research focuses on coral reef resilience through exploring a variety of methods to enhance the adaptability of corals to thermal stress environments. You would form part of the research team and be expected to collect, record and analyse data as well as participate in evening discussions and skills workshops to develop your career in conservation and engagement.

Community Engagement and Social Science Training

If you are an environmentalist researcher or professional with an interest in and/or experience of engaging communities in environmental education and awareness, there is the opportunity to join our Praslin-based socioeconomic research and training team in the Seychelles. This team is assessing the impacts of coral reef decline on local communities in the area. This would involve hands-on training and you would be expected to collect and record data, as well as explore key elements of project research, design and delivery through a number of workshops, discussions and group activities.

Training Aims

Both of these training opportunities seek to equip early career researchers, conservationists and environmental professionals working within an engagement or education capacity, with the skills and experience needed to further their careers in environmental science and community engagement.

Applicants must be:

  • Applicants must be a national of the Seychelles or one of the Indian Ocean region countries. Applications from outside of this region cannot be accepted.
  • Nominated by their university, institution or organisation. Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Early career professionals who are not yet fully established in their chosen field of research or study.

How to Apply

To apply please carefully read the project summary and application template. As there is no save function on the online application for you to return to your answers at a later date, we highly recommend that you prepare your application in a word document then copy and paste your answers into the online application to avoid losing any of your work in case of the session timing out. If you have any difficulty with the online form please do not hesitate to request a word application from

The deadline for applications is January 29th 2018.

Download Project Summaries and Apply

PDF Project Summary Coral Reef Research Project 2018
PDF Project Summary Socio Economic Research Programme 2018

Neville Shulman Awards

Thanks to the kind support of Neville Shulman CBE, Earthwatch has been able to offer between six and eight grants each year to enable early career scientists to implement an environmental research or education-based project from proposal to completion.

We are pleased to announce that in 2016 Earthwatch supported the following research projects and grant winners amongst others.

Candidate Country Research project title
Nelly Jepkirui Kenya Seasonality, Host Age and Sex Effects on Prevalence
and Diversity of Helminth Infection in Jackson’s Hartebeest
Philip Faure South Africa From Conflict to Coexistence: Farmers and Predators
Sharing Space in South Africa
Tahiry Randrianjafimanana Madagascar Feasibility Study on Mangrove Reforestation in Nosy
Hara Marine Park to Benefit Community, Conservation and Climate

We will be announcing the 2017 winners in Janaury 2017. Watch this space.

Earth Skills Network

The Earth Skills Network is unique collaboration between Earthwatch, UNESCO, IUCN and businesses. The Earth Skills Network connects leaders from the business to the conservation community through mentoring and skill-sharing opportunities. The knowledge gained through this global network provides new resources to safeguard the future of vital conservation areas.

Read more about the Earth Skills Network programme and get involved here.

We depend on funding and support from funding agencies, businesses and generous individuals to continue our outstanding programme of training emerging scientists. If you are interested in making a contribution please contact

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