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.

CDF Fernando Ortiz Crespo Scholarships for Galapagos Residents

This scholarship is open to residents of the Galapagos who are at the beginning of their college course work or 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).

Current openings

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

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.

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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