Léa Kaplani (She/Her)

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

About Léa Kaplani

Hello! I'm Léa and I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam UK. I help create, design and deliver training courses. I love getting to know all the participants and learning from them :)

Previously, I was working with BirdLife International on forest governance issues and in my previous life I worked in the development sector in the United States. Education-wise, I have studied economic development, international relations as well as tropical forestry in the past. 

Hope to catch you in a WildHub social!

Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?

Charity/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Areas of expertise

Monitoring and evaluation Other Project/programme management

Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?


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Recent Comments

Mar 01, 2024

This is so interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

Mar 01, 2024

Hi Anyang, it is hard to know how to guide you without understanding exactly which type of biodiversity targets you are working with, how much funding you are looking for. Take a look at the link Adam gave to be able to figure out the type of grant you are looking for and examples of grants on the grant worksheet mentioned in the manual. I recommend taking the course (there are free places available via the bursaries) to help you focus your search and write better proposals.

In the meantime, here are a few examples of grants possibly available:

1.    JRS Biodiversity Foundation: This foundation has a history of funding various projects related to biodiversity conservation in African countries. While the specific focus areas and grant amounts vary, they have funded projects in areas like biodiversity monitoring, research, and capacity development in national parks. The grant durations also vary, typically spanning 18 to 36 months with varying amounts of funding.

    2.    WWF’s Environmental and Social Impact Grant: This grant focuses on enhancing capacities to address environmental and social impact assessment capacity building needs, with an emphasis on local communities and local practitioners in Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar. Proposals should target diverse audiences involved in addressing social and environmental issues associated with conservation and development initiatives.

    3.    ZAA Conservation Grants: The Zoological Association of America offers grants for conservation projects for globally threatened or data deficient species. Projects eligible include specific conservation and research measures that directly contribute to the survival of a species in its natural range. Grant requests may range from $1,000 to $5,000. Proposals should be five pages or fewer and include various project details.

    4.    Regenerative Fund for Nature: This fund supports projects with a focus on regenerative agriculture practices and offers substantial funding ranging from €100,000 to €500,000 over a 3 to 5-year period. The eligibility criteria include not-for-profit organizations with a mission aligned to the purpose of the Fund.

    5.    Jana Robeyst Trust Fund: This fund provides financial resources to small non-profit organizations and individuals for conservation research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Projects related to the conservation of forest elephants have been prioritized in the past.

    6.    Wildlife Conservation Society Grants - Research Fellowship Program: This program offers grants to support individual field research projects with a clear application to the conservation of threatened wildlife. The program aims to build capacity for the next generation of conservationists.

  7.   National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF): They offer various grants for wildlife and habitat conservation. Some of the upcoming deadlines include 03/07/2024 for the Desert Tortoise Recovery Partnership, 03/12/2024 for the Northern Great Plains Program, and others in early April 2024 .    

    8.   National Geographic Society: They offer Level I Grants up to USD $20,000 for projects up to one year in length. Level II Grants can provide funding of $50,000 – $60,000 for select projects.

    9.    Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation: This foundation offers several grant categories, including Community Grants and Habitat Acquisition Grants, with application deadlines in March and April 2024 .

    10.    EKCT Wildlife & Environmental Conservation Grants: This trust considers applications for various conservation-related activities, including wildlife and environmental conservation. Deadlines for different grant sizes vary across the year .

Hope this helps! Good luck!


Feb 29, 2024

Thanks Chloe - a really great webinar!

Feb 19, 2024

This is an amazing website. Thanks for sharing :)

Jan 16, 2024

Great article - I love bats! I never thought of the fact they are the first mammal to master flight. Fascinating. Is there anything I can do to entice them to roost in my roof? I used to have them then did a bit of work on the house and now they are sadly gone.

Jan 08, 2024

@Henry Oding Opio - your insight would be really helpful!

Dec 22, 2023

Hi Paula!

I’m not sure this is helpful or up to date but here are some ideas:

1.    DataLab/School of Geosciences Scholarships in GIS at the University of Edinburgh: This program offered one fully funded scholarship for the MSc in Geographical Information Science for the 2023-2024 academic session. The scholarship covers tuition fees and includes training and networking events. Applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of Edinburgh and meet certain academic criteria. Maybe there is the same for 2024-2025?

2.  University-Specific Scholarships: Many UK universities offer scholarships for international students, including those pursuing postgraduate degrees. Check the websites of universities that offer programs in Geographic/Satellite Data Science for specific scholarship opportunities.

3. Chevening Scholarships: Funded by the UK Government, Chevening offers scholarships for international students to study in the UK. These scholarships are highly competitive and cover tuition fees, living expenses, and travel costs.

 4.    Erasmus+ Programme: Although the UK has opted out of Erasmus+ post-Brexit, as an EU citizen, you might find opportunities in other participating countries with strong programs in your field of interest.

5.    Research Council Funding: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and other research councils sometimes offer funding for international students, particularly at the doctoral level.

6.    Private and Charitable Foundations: Foundations such as the Rhodes Trust, the Marshall Scholarship, and the Fulbright Commission offer scholarships for international students. There are also smaller foundations and trusts that offer funding based on specific criteria.

Here are some useful websites as a good starting point:

1. **British Council – Study UK**: This is an official UK government website for international students. It provides information about studying in the UK and has a section dedicated to scholarships and financial support.

   Website: [Study UK - British Council](https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org)

2. **FindAMasters.com & FindAPhD.com**: These websites offer a database of postgraduate funding opportunities, including scholarships for Master's and PhD programs.

   Websites: [FindAMasters](https://www.findamasters.com), [FindAPhD](https://www.findaphd.com)

3. **ScholarshipPortal**: This is a comprehensive scholarship search engine for students in Europe, offering a wide range of scholarships for different levels of study across various countries, including the UK.

   Website: [ScholarshipPortal](https://www.scholarshipportal.com)

4. **The Scholarship Hub**: A UK-based database of scholarships, grants, and bursaries, where you can search for funding based on your level of study, subject, or university.

   Website: [The Scholarship Hub](https://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk)

5. **Prospects.ac.uk**: Prospects provides information on postgraduate study and funding in the UK, including scholarships, grants, bursaries, and fellowships.

   Website: [Prospects](https://www.prospects.ac.uk)

6. **EduFunding**: A database of scholarships, bursaries, and funding opportunities for students in the UK.

   Website: [EduFunding](https://www.edufunding.co.uk)

7. **PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk**: This site offers a compilation of funding opportunities for postgraduate study.

   Website: [Postgraduate Studentships](https://www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk)

Additionally, some industry-specific scholarships might be listed on professional association websites related to your field of study.

Good luck!


Aug 02, 2023

Congratulations Arvind!