Nature Scholarship Provides Chances for Young European Conservationists

The Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2011 are now open for applications!

The award provides three young European conservationists with €3000 to undertake a study visit to one or more protected areas in European countries other than their own. It is given by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and the EUROPARC Federation. The deadline for applications is Friday May 20th 2011. The €3000, donated by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation (D), gives successful scholars the chance to gather experience and strengthen their networks. The Scholarships enhance international cooperation and advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of the management of natural areas, such as national parks. At the end of their study visit the scholars should produce a report on their findings which will be shared with practitioners in charge of managing Europe’s natural heritage. Applicants must be under 35, of European nationality and themes for applications must be connected to the management of natural areas. Some guidelines to what these should be are provided. Applications can be filled in online at All organisational aspects, such as the selection of candidates, are carried out by the EUROPARC Federation. Erika Stanciu, president of the EUROPARC Federation, believes ‘that the Scholarships are a great opportunity for the winners to see how protected natural areas are managed in other parts of Europe. The results of the studies are not only beneficial to the Scholars but to the many other practitioners managing Europe’s landscapes and wild places’.

Additional information:

  • The EUROPARC Federation ( is committed to the protection and promotion of Europe’s protected areas and all they offer. We are the foremost and largest NGO representing European protected areas, uniting national parks, regional parks, nature parks and biosphere reserves in 39 countries, with the common aim of conserving Europe's unique variety of wildlife, habitats and landscapes.
  • The Alfred Toepfer Foundation is a charitable association with activities across Europe in the fields of culture, science, education and nature conservation. A particular focus of the Foundation is promoting European understanding whilst conserving cultural diversity
  • More information about the Alfred Toepfer Scholarships and the application form can be found at • Please contact Regina Schoefer (see details below) for photos. logos or more details. Contact: Regina Schoefer, EUROPARC Federation, Waffnergasse 6, 93047 Regensburg, Germany Tel: 0049 (0)941 599 35 98 3