Young Conservation Leaders Awards - Eligibility criteria

Criteria for project teams

  • BirdLife Young Conservation Leaders Awards are for team-based conservation projects – each team must have at least three people.
  • All team members must be nationals of the country where the project is taking place.
  • All team members must be early-career conservationists with no more than 5 years of paid work experience in the conservation sector. ‘Paid work experience’ does not include research for a university degree. Individuals who have more than 5 years of paid work experience in the conservation sector are not eligible for BirdLife YCL support and should not apply.
  • Teams should be able to demonstrate strong links to the BirdLife Network at the National or local level. These links may include to BirdLife Partners, Local Conservation Groups/Site Support Groups or Species Guardians.
  • Teams are encouraged to discuss their project ideas with the BirdLife Partner in country and link to the conservation priorities identified within the national IBA network.
  • Teams should be able to demonstrate how the project will develop the skills, knowledge and capacity of each team member.

Criteria for projects

  • 2018 Projects should take place in Asia or the Pacific, in a country where there is a BirdLife Partner. See here for eligible countries in Asia and the Pacific.

  • The project must be no less than three months and no more than one year in length.
  • The total funding request from BYCL must not exceed £10,000 and BYCL funding must cover at least 50% of the total project budget.
  • The project must focus on conservation work at an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). Preference will be given to projects that take place at IBAs in Danger (see here for a list of IBAs in Danger and key threats).
  • The project should meet an identified and urgent conservation need. For example, the project could focus on a species classified as threatened on the IUCN red list (Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable). The project could also focus on an identified threat to the focal IBA. 
  • If the project takes place at an IBA in Danger, it should address one of the principal threats identified for that site.
  • The project should be new work rather than the continuation of an on-going, established project. If building on a previous project, the proposal must show how the project is Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project goes beyond academic research being carried out for any team member’s degree.
  • The proposal must be written by the applicants themselves.

Considerations for Successful Proposals

  • Applicants must clearly communicate their ideas in English on the application form. We encourage teams to seek out a native English speaker to review the proposal prior to submission.
  • The proposal must make clear how each team member will develop their capacity through the project. This includes, for example, how team members’ knowledge, skills and experience as conservation practitioners will improve.
  • The project must have realistic objectives with appropriate methods, activities and budget to achieve the stated objectives.
  • Project should have a good balance of conservation research and action e.g. engage local stakeholders and should describe how project outcomes will contribute to local, regional and/or national conservation priorities.
  • Applicants should provide training to local stakeholders (in particular to Local Conservation Groups, if they exist) in aspects of International Training Course that are appropriate to the local situation.
  • Applicants should demonstrate how the project results will be applied to conservation after the project ends.
  • Payment for services of rangers/guides or training costs for project team must be justified.
  • Contingency budget lines must not exceed 5% of the overall budget and must be justified.

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