The Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Programme is designed to maximize and connect the capacity of next generation conservation science leaders. Our program is global in scope, but many of our calls for applications target emerging talent from the places of the world where increased conservation science leadership is most vital.

Our programme supports early-career researchers by placing them at the center of collaborative research teams that combine experts and mentors from WWF, researchers from top Universities around the world, and multi-disciplinary workstream leads from the Luc Hoffmann Institute. Within these cross-disciplinary environments, our fellows conduct world-leading synthesis and science to action research, co-creating innovative evidence-based solutions to urgent conservation problems by working directly with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and end users in the private and public sector.

The Profile of a Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow

The Luc Hoffmann Institute targets the best emerging minds from across the globe, and we are particularly interested in potential fellows with deep roots in the regions of the globe where conservation-science leadership is most needed, such as Africa and Madagascar, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Caribbean. We are typically looking for highly skilled, interdisciplinary, action oriented post-doctoral associates, but each call for a fellow is unique, matching the skill sets, location, and partnerships surrounding each project. We are especially keen to hear from applicants who possess the personal conviction necessary to help shape a sustainable planet through their research.

Successful Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows will have demonstrated their academic excellence through publications and have a clear track record of interest in tackling interdisciplinary questions.

Structure of the Fellowship

While each fellowship opportunity is tailored to the conservation issue under study, our Luc Hoffmann Fellows either join or create a Collaborative Research Team (CRT). As a key member of the Project Leadership Group within the CRT, Luc Hoffmann Fellows take a leading role in the synthesis and science to action research conducted by the group.

Location:  Over the course of the 2-year fellowship, a Luc Hoffmann Fellow will spend 2 to 4 months working from the WWF office most closely aligned with the work (typically this will be the home office of the WWF lead for the project),  they will spend 2 to 6 weeks working from the Luc Hoffmann Institute within WWF International, the secretariate for WWF globally, and they will spend the remainder of their time based at the institution of the Research Lead.  In addition, all our fellows will attend Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Program events, focused on building 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 will consist of a competitive salary, professional development allowance and oversight of research funds necessary for project development and implementation. Luc Hoffmann Fellows are either hired through the WWF office associated with their WWF lead, or through the institution of the  Research Lead.  In either case, annual salaries are benchmarked against top post-doctoral positions in the region.  All costs associated with attending the Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Programme events will be paid for by the Luc Hoffmann Institute. Each Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow will also receive a professional development stipend for the costs of conference presentations, WWF engagement, and external training opportunities. Fellows work closely with the WWF lead and Research Lead to define the research objectives and associated budgetary commitments including costs for CRT meetings. Final decisions concerning how funds are allocated within a project are made by the Fellow and respective workstream leads.

Activities: A typical fellow will spend 75% of her time focused on project activities jointly defined by the Project Leadership Group within the CRT, and 25% of her time focused on Luc Hoffmann Institute work, including joint research with other fellows,training sessions, and time spent working with the workstream lead and other Luc Hoffmann Institute staff on knowledge products, research briefs and other Luc Hoffmann Institute products, publications and processes.

Professional opportunities created by the Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellowship programme

The Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellowship programme offers our fellows:

  1. Practical involvement in co-creating cutting edge research and synthesis that furthers global conservation needs.

  2. The opportunity to bridge the academic and practitioner divide to produce practical solutions to conservation needs.

  3. Personal and professional development through skills-building and training in conservation leadership, scientific communication, project management, teamwork, cultural sensitivity and policy decision-making processes.

  4. The ability to network with other Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows, and to build professional contacts throughout the WWF Network, Academic and Think-Tank partnerships, and our connections to other fellows programs.