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Application Guidelines

Applications are due by February 28, 2017.

Geographic Scope

The Rainforest Alliance is most interested in research that could potentially be applied to the ongoing work of our TREES program which trains communities and small- and medium-sized enterprises to harvest and manufacture forest and non-timber forest products in a sustainable manner, and market these goods to responsible businesses and consumers around the world.

Toward that end, the geographic scope of the Kleinhans Fellowship is restricted to Latin America, with a preference for locations where Rainforest Alliance community forestry projects are already underway.

Rainforest Alliance Community Forestry Projects in Mexico and Central America
Rainforest Alliance Community Forestry Projects in South America


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.

Award Amount

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.

Application Format

There is no official application form. Applicants must submit all of the following documents (in English):

  • A proposal that does not exceed seven typed pages in length. The proposal should include an abstract, a review of the relevant literature, detailed methodology and a discussion of the project's practical applications
  • A budget
  • A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A list of past, current and potential funding sources for both the applicant and the project

Applicants are required to submit their completed application by email to Deanna Newsom at or by regular mail to:

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

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