Scholarships

The Scholarship program at the Charles Darwin Foundation provides funding, advisement and support to students with good academic records and a history of interest in conservation issues.

Since the program’s beginning in 1971, the Foundation has helped 250 Ecuadorian students complete their education.

Charles Darwin Foundation Scholarship for Ecuadorian Nationals

Many universities within Ecuador require an independent thesis to be completed before a student can graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. This scholarship aims to support Ecuadorian students who have completed their course work and are now conducting research as part of this requirement.

Some of the past projects that have been support by this program include a communications project to aid in conservation of Galapagos spawning aggregations (Daniela Vilema Moreno, 2014) and contributions to the knowledge of the ecology of the parasitic fly Philornis downsi (Paola Lahuatte Vera, 2011).

Requirements

  • Good academic record
  • Productive volunteer experience with CDF or other institution dedicated to Galapagos conservation
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation
  • Bachelor’s courses completed; only the thesis remains to be completed

This scholarship covers

  • Student’s travel costs to and from the Galapagos
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Health and life insurance
  • Contribution towards living expenses
  • 80% of thesis-printing cost (5 copies)
  • Scholarship typically lasts one year

Current openings

We are not currently accepting applications for this scholarship. Please check back regularly; scholarships are posted as they become available.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of the current openings, please fill out the following form:

Scholarship Application Form

Include with your application copies of all documents listed at the end of the application form.

Once the form is complete, send your application and documents to:

Via mail

Programa de Voluntarios y Becarios Fundación Charles Darwin
Casilla 17-01-3891
Quito, Ecuador

Via email

vol@fcdarwin.org.ec

Charles Darwin Foundation Scholarship for Galapagos Residents

This scholarship is open to residents of the Galapagos who have completed their college course work and are continuing their studies in areas directly related to the mission of the Foundation.

Some of the past projects that have been supported by this program include a study of nature and religion in the Galapagos (Gabriel Redin Puebla, 2011-2012) and an investigation of the patterns of tourist movements within the islands (Johanna Carrion Lopez, 2012-2013).

Requirements

  • Born in or permanent resident of the Galapagos Islands
  • Graduated from a Galapagos high school with a minimum average of 9.25/10
  • Good university academic record (minimum average of 8.5/10)
  • Have a guarantor in Galapagos
  • Productive volunteer experience with CDF or other institution dedicated to Galapagos conservation
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation

This scholarship covers

  • University enrollment costs (up to $900)
  • Monthly stipend for food and lodging (value of $300)
  • One airfare from continental Ecuador to the islands, return included, to be used for vacation during the scholarship period
  • Medical and life insurance
  • Scholarship typically lasts five years

Current openings

We are not currently accepting applications for this scholarship. Please check back regularly; scholarships are posted as they become available.

How to apply

Submit the following information:

  • Completed Scholarship Application Form as well as all documents required on this form
  • Details of the university where you are continuing your advanced studies:
    • University name
    • University calendar type (trimester, semester or quarter)
    • Academic major
    • Courses
    • Target date for completion
  • Certificates earned as a volunteer at CDF or other institutions dedicated to conservation the Galapagos

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship students are selected on the basis of the CDF’s needs, the students’ area of study, and availability of funds. It is also important to consider that scholarship students who fail their courses will required to reimburse the total of their grant to the Charles Darwin Foundation.
If you are having difficulties with accessing documents or would like or more information, please contact vol@fcdarwin.org.ec or call the CDF Volunteer Program office at (593) 5526-146 or (593) 527-013/014 ext 126.

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