Young Darwin Scholarship 2024

The Field Studies Council (FSC) has announced that applications are open for the Young Darwin Scholarship, taking place this year.

The FSC wants to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment so they can enjoy the benefits it gives and make choices that help protect it. Through its Young Darwin Scholarship, it helps get young people outdoors and past some of the barriers they may face.

This is a unique opportunity for 16–25 year olds to apply for a 90% subsidised, Darwin inspired scholarship, combining environmental education and ongoing support. Successful applicants will take part in an immersive 5-day residential trip (or a series of days) that incorporates biological recording, improving identification skills, practical fieldwork, survey techniques, networking and confidence building.

The Scholarship

The Young Darwin Scholarship is a Field Studies Council initiative, supporting young people with a real interest in the natural world and inspiring the next generation of ‘Darwins’. The scholarship starts with an immersive experience centring around time outdoors in environmentally engaging locations. During these experiences, the scholars will:

  • Practice a wide range of field and identification skills, observing a variety of plants, trees, invertebrates, and other wildlife
  • Gain practical observation, planning, and recording skills through a series of real-life application tasks
  • Explore a range of landscapes and learn how these areas are managed and conserved
  • Meet inspirational speakers and experts from different environmental backgrounds to discuss current environmental issues and projects, offer advice, and answer any questions
  • Build confidence while exploring the outdoors with like-minded people, their own age who share similar interests

Applications are open until 12 May 2024.

The FSC has been successfully running this programme since 2012 and has awarded scholarships to 350 young people. This year, it is awarding another 75 places to young people from across the UK, in celebration of the Field Studies Council’s 80th birthday. This scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for young people to connect with the environment, learn vital skills for a green career or educational pathway, and meet like-minded individuals who share their passion for nature.

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