WOS Young Conservationists’ Bursary

The Welsh Ornithological Society’s Young Conservationists’ Bursary was established to commemorate the Society’s former chairman Derek Moore, who was a champion of encouraging the next generation of conservationists. The aim of the Young Conservationist’s Bursary is to provide a financial contribution towards the costs incurred while volunteering, or gaining experience, of studying or conserving birds in Wales.

Bursaries are given out throughout the year and are awarded at the discretion of the Society’s Council, whose decision is final. While the exact amount award may vary, it is envisaged that each bursary will not exceed £100. The Society reserves the right not to make an award if it considers that the amount or costs applied for are not appropriate.

Do I qualify?
> Applicants must be 16 or over, and under 26 years of age, and should apply by email on the form that can be downloaded here.

> The volunteer placement/experience must be based in Wales.

> Applications for consideration by Council should be sent to the email address on the form with “Young Conservationist’s Bursary” in the subject line.

> Please ensure you provide an email address so we can contact you.

> Applications may be made to cover the costs incurred while undertaking the placement such as travel or subsistence. Council will consider applications to cover equipment costs providing these are not for telescopes or binoculars to undertake generic field surveys (e.g. nationally organised surveys) or if the equipment should be provide by the host organisation.

What do I need to do?
There is no deadline for the bursary. Bursaries will be awarded on a rolling basis. Please allow four weeks for your application to be considered. However, WOS has the right to withdraw the bursary scheme during the year if the fund is over-subscribed.