Juan Manuel Garcia-CDF



Empowering Conservation Champions

Since its inception in 1971, our Scholarship Program has enabled over 250 students from Galapagos to complete their education and pursue careers in conservation. Our program provides funding, mentorship, and support to students with a strong academic record and demonstrated interest in conservation.

Through such comprehensive support, the Charles Darwin Foundation helps students develop the skills and knowledge they need to make meaningful contributions to conservation efforts, while nurturing their passion for preserving of our planet's precious ecosystems.
Juan Manuel Garcia-CDF

CDF Fernando Ortiz Crespo Scholarship

This partial scholarship is available to residents of the Galapagos Islands with excellent academic records who are about to pursue their University studies in any professional field that contributes to the wlfare and sustainability of Galapagos.

This scholarship covers:

  • University tuition costs up to $900.00 per year.
  • Monthly living expenses of $300.00 (food and lodging expenses).
  • Annual airfare for up to 4 years (Quito/Guayaquil - Galapagos- Quito/Guayaquil).
  • Annual financial assistance of $300.00 (field trips and/or books).
  • Accident and life insurance (coverage only in Ecuador).


  • Be a permanent resident of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Have completed high school in 2022-2023 in Galapagos.
  • Have an excellent academic record, with a minimum average of 9.25/10.
  • Demonstrate a passion for environmental protection and Galapagos.

To apply please send us the following documents:

  • Credentials of both the applicant and the legal representative if the applicant is a minor.
  • Copy of identification documents (identity card, residency and voting certificate).
  • For students who have started their 3rd level studies, applications will be received from those who are studying up to the second semester and who have a grade point average of 8.5/10.

Please check back regularly; scholarships are posted as they become available.

Rashid Cruz-CDF

For Students

Are you a student aspiring to complete your PhD dissertation or Master's thesis under our guidance? If yes, then find out how you can apply and how CDF can support you.