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).

Voluntario veterinario

Scholarships FCD Fernando Ortiz Crespo 2021

As part of its mission, the Charles Darwin Foundation is pleased to offer of two partial scholarships for Galapagos students with exceptional academic records so that they can get their undergraduate degrees in any career that could contribute to well-being and sustainability of the Galapagos Islands.

Application deadline: April 30, 2021

How to apply:  Becas Fernando Ortiz Crespo 2021 (Spanish only)

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).


  • 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

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 or call the CDF Volunteer Program office at (593) 5526-146 or (593) 527-013/014 ext 126.

The “Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands”, in French “Fondation Charles Darwin pour les îles Galapagos”, Association International sans but lucratif (“AISBL”), has its registered office located at Chaussée de la Hulpe 177 Bte 20 (rez) - 1170, Brussels, and is registered under the trade registry of Brussels under the number 0409.359.103.

© 2020 Charles Darwin Foundation. All rights reserved.