- Are you aged 16-25? Do you spend your free time immersed in the natural world?
- Have you ever wondered if this hobby or love affair with nature could lead to a career in the long run?
- Do you wish you could meet other young people who share this interest who are asking similar questions and be inspired by environmental professionals already working in the green sector?
Well look no further! The Field Studies Council is delighted to announce that applications for its 2022 Young Darwin Scholarships are open.
Applying for the Scholarship
The application process is an easy to use online form and is your chance to share your environmental interests, explain what inspires you to get outdoors and describe why you want to be a Young Darwin scholar.
The scholarship starts with an immersive five-day experience integrating fieldwork, identification skills, career guidance, and networking opportunities, led by inspiring experts in ecologically rich environments.
This is combined with ongoing mentoring, support and online/in-person training from Field Studies Council specialist staff and a diverse range of mentors.
This year the Field Studies Council is running the immersive programme at five easily accessible locations in the UK: FSC Preston Montford in Shrewsbury, FSC Castle Head near Cumbria, Manchester, London and Bristol.
The FSC wants to hear from all young people with an interest in nature. They particularly want to encourage those who feel a bit excluded from the natural world to apply. Whether you feel unrepresented within the natural world; you have some neuro-diverse needs requiring additional support; or the 10% financial contribution is just too difficult to afford, the Field Studies Council will try to help.
Just let them know that you need some extra support by emailing Dylan (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Field Studies Council’s Youth Engagement Officer. You can also email Dylan if you have any other questions about the scholarship.
One scholar said:
“I feel my love for ecology has been re-sparked. It’s refreshing not to have the stress of being assessed whilst learning in a relaxed yet very informative way. Meeting like-minded people has motivated me to go back home and make a difference.”
Applications close 5 June 2022, so don’t delay!