With generous support from the Weston Family Foundation, WCS Canada is able to award annual fellowships to graduate students to support field research relevant to WCS Canada’s conservation objectives at our two long-term conservation sites: the boreal region of northern Ontario and the northern boreal mountains of Yukon and British Columbia. Here is a short report on what our Fellowship program has accomplished.
Application Guidelines will be posted shortly.
WCS Canada will award one-year fellowships of between $5,000 and $20,000 each. The amount of funding awarded will be determined in part by the applicants’ financial needs and the number of applications received.
The Fellowship awards are intended to:
Fellowship awards are available for project activities beginning on or after April 1 of award year.
Fellowship applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree in conservation science, or in a related field such as landscape ecology, natural resources management/conservation, conservation planning, conservation biology, environmental studies, wildlife/plant/fisheries ecology or socio-ecological studies.
Individuals that have received a WCS Canada Weston Family Foundation Fellowship award in a previous year may reapply. Applications to support an additional year of the same project will be considered. Applications from past grantees for new projects will also be considered. For example, a student that received a Fellowship award for Master's research may submit an application to support their PhD research.
Expenses related to thesis related research costs are eligible including, but not necessarily limited to:
Stipends for graduate students are not eligible for Fellowship support.
Electronic submissions in a single PDF to be submitted by email to email@example.com with the subject "2020 Weston Fellowship Application".
Recipients of Fellowship Awards will be required to report on the progress of their projects and provide a final report. Reporting requirements include providing photos and video footage of field work activities. Examples of videos submitted by previous Fellows can be found on the WCS Canada YouTube channel.
Northern Ontario contains the world’s largest intact boreal forest, the third largest wetland, and the second largest peatland complex. Its sheer size (450,000 sq. km), remoteness, low human population density, lack of a permanent transportation or energy infrastructure network, and, as-yet, small industrial footprint make it a stronghold for a number of species that have experienced range reductions in the rest of Canada, including caribou, wolverine, and lake sturgeon as well as the most southerly sub-population of polar bears. It is also a homeland to approximately 40,000 First Nations Peoples (including Anishinabeg and Muskegowuk) In the last two decades, First Nations in this region have experienced a mineral boom in staking, exploration, and mining, intensifying with the discovery of a world-class nickel-chromium deposit (the “Ring of Fire”). In 2010, the Government of Ontario formally committed to protecting at least 50% of the landscape and creating a new relationship with First Nations to support sustainable development through community-based land-use planning processes. Our vision is that Ontario’s Northern Boreal Landscape remains the largest intact boreal landscape in the world with thriving populations of iconic fish and wildlife species within a dynamic landscape, supporting healthy and resilient communities of First Nations pursuing traditional resource use and limited industrial development.