Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forestry Research

Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forestry Research

Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forestry Research

About Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forestry Research


As governments around the world recognize the importance of local stakeholders in forest management and conservation, they are increasingly devolving decision-making authority over natural resources to local communities.

However, while the number of community forest enterprises (CFEs) is increasing, many CFEs are struggling to manage their forest resources sustainably while also making a profit and ensuring the equitable use of their financial returns. This struggle is exacerbated by intense pressure to convert their forests.


CFEs face a host of challenges including weak organizational capacity, lack of access to finance, limited business-administration skills, difficulty competing with illegal forest products and the absence of markets for certain lesser-known species.


The Rainforest Alliance has a long history of working with forest communities that have established their own locally managed enterprises, providing them with training and technical assistance on sustainable forestry practices, value-added processing, business administration, market access and more. Recognizing that sound scientific inquiry can help to guide technical assistance for local development, our Kleinhans Fellowship supports research that seeks solutions to the challenges faced by the community forestry model.




Researchers of any nationality or residence are eligible for the Kleinhans Fellowship; however, the research itself must be conducted in Latin America.




The fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 (US) per year for two years. Please note that the fellowship will not subsidize academic tuition or fees, nor will it cover the cost of purchasing transport vehicles or equipment that is unnecessary or unreasonable.




Applicants must have a master’s degree in forestry, ecology, botany, environmental science or an appropriate related field. Doctoral candidates or post-doctoral researchers are preferred, although applicants may substitute relevant experience for higher-level degrees.




Application Open On August 31, 2020

Last Date For Application : February 28, 2021



Applicants are required to submit their completed application by email to Deanna Newsom at kleinhans(at)ra.org or by regular mail to:


Rainforest Alliance
Kleinhans Fellowship
233 Broadway
28th Floor
New York, NY 10279
United States


For more details about POSITION SUMMARY, RESEARCH TOPICS refer the Official Publisher


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