We connect and maximise the capacity of next generation conservation science leaders.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Programme supports early career researchers (within five years post PhD), primarily from developing countries, by placing them at the centre of Collaborative Research Teams.

These teams combine experts and mentors from WWF, researchers from top universities around the world, and multidisciplinary research programme leads from the Luc Hoffmann Institute.

Profile of a Luc Hoffmann Institute fellow

The Luc Hoffmann Institute targets the best emerging minds from across the globe. We seek out talent with from regions of the world where conservation science leadership is most needed, such as Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

We typically look for highly skilled, interdisciplinary, action-oriented postdoctoral associates. Each call for a fellow is unique, matching the skill sets, location and partnerships surrounding each project. Our fellows have demonstrated their academic excellence through publications, they have shown the personal conviction necessary to help shape a sustainable future through their research, and they have a clear track record in interdisciplinary research.

Structure of the fellowship

Luc Hoffmann Institute fellows typically either join or create a Collaborative Research Team, taking a leading role in the synthesis and research conducted by the group. Over the course of the 2 to 2.5 year fellowship, a Luc Hoffmann Institute fellow typically spends two to four months working from the civil society office most closely aligned with the work and three to eight weeks working from the Luc Hoffmann Institute with their Luc Hoffmann Institute research lead. The remainder of their is time based at the institution of the research lead. In addition, all fellows attend Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows programme events, developing leadership and communication skills, initiating joint research with the other fellows, and building a global network of collaborators and mentors.

Compensation: The fellow’s compensation package includes a competitive salary and professional development allowance benchmarked against national standards within the country where the fellowship is offered. The fellowship also includes travel and research funds for project development and implementation.

Our mentoring process

The mentoring of each fellow is a critical component of the Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Programme. Our mentoring approach revolves around the project leadership group. The structure of this group may vary from fellow to fellow, but it is designed to maximise connections between conservation practitioners and academic partners, and to support the fellow in both contexts.

The leadership group typically consists of a research mentor, often from an academic institution, a conservation practitioner, and a Luc Hoffmann Institute representative, typically a research lead. This blend of perspectives helps to build experience and contacts in multiple contexts, allowing the fellow to work equally well in academia and civil society, while building a network that will maximise the capacity of the fellow to accelerate global conservation.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute emerges at an exciting time for conservation and science. We have moved into an era in which our major achievements are based on highly interactive collaborations. Technological advances in data integration provide unprecedented opportunities for synthesis of diverse bodies of knowledge, together allowing us to scope solutions more rapidly and authoritively than ever before.

Stephanie Hampton – Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO), Washington State University.

Main image: Photo © Naturepl.com / Jabruson / WWF

Chris JohnsonFellows