The Rainforest Alliance has gone out of there way to help protect and educate communities who work closely with forestry, ecology, botany, and many more environmental studies. This research has always been part of the Latin American sphere of the world. It is within these Latin American countries where students who have a Master’s in environmental studies where can propose a research project that would not only be new and inventive but a project that gears towards green energy and better available and safe resources.
With the Rainforest Alliance receiving this incredible $20,000 a year award per student, this non-profit company works with top forestry companies. And by working with these top companies, students are able to learn more about climate change, advance the right of rural communities, rural prosperity, and understand the livelihood of responsible resources and business.
Since Latin America is how to the Amazon rainforest, students will be able to get up and close to one of the primary forestry industries that work throughout the area. But instead of simply cutting down the rainforest, the Rainforest Alliance is working with rural communities that live off the land. In this route, the Rainforest Alliance has been able to build better working habits, safer alternatives, and find all-around better ways to stop destroying forests.
The Rainforest Alliance is all about living and working with nature, not against it. By utilizing market and social forces from the communities that live in these rural areas, the fellowship has been able to show the world why we should all live in nature’s harmony. From farmers, consumers to forest communities and companies – the alliance works to bring varied allies together to form a strong market bond.
Nearly over 10,000 companies and foundations make sizeable contributions to the Rainforest Alliance each year and thankfully this number keeps growing.
- Any student can apply, meaning all domestic or international students may apply.
- All students that intend to apply should understand that they are required to perform their work in Latin America. This includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
- Any student that applies must have a Master’s in Forestry or Environmental Studies.
- However, if doctoral candidates or post-doctoral researchers are interested, they will be much preferred for this fellowship scholarship.
- Both male and female students may apply, this is not restricted to any one gender.
When a recipient is chosen, that individual is expected to acquire research and any potential research analysis that may provide results. With that in mind, towards the end of the 2-year tenure, the student will be required to work alongside the staff of the Rainforest Alliance and share their reports and research.
It would already be known to the student but all research must be effective and thorough along with being not made-up. If a student does not follow that important step they could very well lose their fellowship.
Afterward, the student will be expected to share publically and publish their findings with the world and community that they took part in for the better part of 2 years.
How to Apply
The information that will be needed as the student prepares to send in their ‘thesis or report’ will be these set of items.
- A seven-page type report describing the research and potential layout of that research exploration
- A detailed budget
- An official count of two minimum letters of recommendation
- A typed list of possible funding that may be current, in the near future, or from the past that has funded part of this research proposal
- A student will also need to update and print out a current resume or CV
These items will absolutely be needed and if anything is missing, that student will have an incomplete fellowship application and will be informed that they do not fit the eligibility requirements.
All applicants have the choice to send in their application and information to the e-mail address that is listed in the contact section on this page.
Or students can print out and mail to this address:
125 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004
Reward – Extra Benefits
The exciting reward for this fellowship is equaled to $20,000 USD. This amount covers one full duration year. However, students will need to apply for a 2-year study which means the overall amount would accumulate to $40,000 USD.
Now it must be understood that depending on what country the student is studying within (Brazil is picked a lot because of the Amazon Rainforest but students have a choice with any Latin American country of their choice) when it comes to transportation funding. This $20,000 does not cover all transportation and that may come out of the pocket of the student or their own source of funding.
The next deadline is on February 28, 2023. This gives students almost a full year to send in applications, the Rainforest Alliance has moved up their application exception date to open on August 31, 2022. So the official deadline to send in applications starts on August 31, 2022. But the full duration of the scholarship cannot be used until February 28, 2023.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame is currently open and will be open and accepting applications starting on August 31, 2022, until February 28, 2023. So that means this scholarship cannot be used until the 2023 academic school year.
This is a yearly scholarship that takes about a full year to award the recipients who have been picked to receive this award.
All students who would like to know more information on the Rainforest Alliance should check out the website and see if any questions they have, have been answered on the website.
No matter what, students should check the website listed to see if any dates have been changed to reflect a delay, cancellation, or date move. Nevertheless, all applicants should follow the rules and guidelines that are posted on the Rainforest Alliance website. Always check back frequently.