Internship grant criteria

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NEW from 2016 – PTES internship grants are now available for work on any UK species.

Are you looking to work in conservation in the UK but finding it hard to get anywhere without any work experience?

People’s Trust for Endangered Species is looking to support our brightest students and future conservationists by providing grants to enable them to work on a specific project. Projects might run for a continual (full time) period of up to six months or intermittently (part time) for up to 18 months. The work must be carried out at either a conservation organisation or within a research group at a university, though not the one the student graduated from, following the successful completion of their degree course.

“I have just started work as an ecologist at an Edinburgh firm and that is all thanks my internship – it certainly has given me the drive to achieve great things!” Heather, PTES intern

It is envisaged that the intern will work as part of a team, which includes more experienced members who will be able to help the intern acquire new skills. The internship is about providing an opportunity to gain work experience in new surroundings and a foothold in the working environment. The student and the organisation concerned must make a joint application, with the impetus coming from the student.

The work must consist of a discrete project – which may be an integral part of a larger, ongoing research project – which is likely to result in positive conservation outcomes for UK species. Students from all disciplines relevant to conservation and ecology will be considered, provided that they can demonstrate that their work has relevance to the aims of PTES. NB The project must not be one on which they are already worked or are still working.

The student will receive funding not exceeding £5 000 to cover all living and project costs, and all insurance costs.

It is hoped that in this way, students will gain valuable experience, which will enable them to pursue careers in the field of invertebrate conservation or proceed to a PhD or other qualifications. But those already registered for a PhD may not use internships to ‘top-up’ their PhD funding.

“I cannot thank PTES enough for their support in this project as it has become the stepping stone I desperately needed to gain a PhD.” Nadia, PTES intern

Please note we only accept grant applications via our online system. Allow yourself plenty of time to go through the application process. We recommend starting your application at least four weeks before you wish to submit it. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We acknowledge all applications. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email from us we MAY NOT have received your application.

Internship guidelines and application

NEW from 2016 – PTES internship grants are now available for work on any UK species.

We fund several internships at any one time. From 2016 we are be holding an open application system whereby you may apply for an internship at ANY time throughout the year. Please feel free to submit an application from January 2016 for work commencing during 2016. If your project isn’t due to start until 2017 please wait until then to apply. All applications will be acknowledged and processed within 6 weeks of submission.

You can start your application, save information and return at a later date until you press the submit button.

Please note that we are temporarily unable to accept new grant applications while we update our online grants system. We will start accepting new grants again from early September. Please contact Nida Al-Fulaij ( if you have any questions. Existing grant applicants/recipients are still able to manage their applications during this time.

While the online system is being updated please use this application form to plan your application. There may be some small modifications to the fields in the document but the key fields you need to provide data for are incorporated here.

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“My PTES internship really gave me valuable research and project management experience which I believe will stand me in good stead for the future. I don’t doubt that my experience contributed to my acceptance onto a sought after international masters programme.” Kara, PTES intern

Got any questions?

Please email if you have any internship questions.

Other funds

Please note that we no longer provides grants for UK-based students carrying out conservation projects overseas in the summer months of their undergraduate degree. Students or expedition leaders looking for such funding are advised to go to the Conservation Leadership Programme. Other awards that maybe of interest to undergraduates are the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships.

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