Grants and Prizes

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Leela Haazah,center, works with the Lion Guardian's to train them to protect and monitor wild lions, and mitigate lion conflictA key component of Panthera’s mission is fostering the next generation of felid conservationists. The Kaplan Graduate Awards provide research and project costs for post-graduate students, the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Jaguar Research Grant Program supports conservation efforts on the jaguar throughout the jaguar corridor and The Small Cat Action Fund supports conservation projects on wild felids weighing  less than 25 kilograms. Panthera is excited to partner with the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies to launch a new awards program, The Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program, which supports in situ research and conservation activities on the cheetah in Africa. Panthera’s grant programs are designed to support promising felid conservationist and cultivate a new generation of practitioners dedicated to wild cat conservation.

The Kaplan Graduate Award, the LCAO Jaguar Research Grant Program, and the Small Cat Action Fund each have two grant cycles each year. Letters of Interest are requested in January and June, with deadlines on February 1 and July 1. The Grants Committee has a month to review the LOIs, and then invitations for full applications will be sent in Early March and early August. Deadlines for the full applications are April 1 and October 1; decisions will be announced on June 15 and November 15.

The new Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grant will have only one annual grant cycle. This year, applications are by invitation only. Starting in 2015, the cycle will begin with an open request for Letters of Interest (January 1-February 1), followed by invitations for full applications, which will be due on April 1.

All of Panthera’s grant programs are facilitated through the online grant management system, Foundant, through which all LOIs and new and renewal grant applications must be submitted.

To apply and learn more about Panthera's grant programs, please click on the links below:

If you are seeking renewal for a previous grant, please contact us directly.


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Panthera believes in recognizing extraordinary individuals who have shown unrelenting dedication and triumph of human spirit in conserving wild cats, whether working tirelessly their entire lives or showing at an early age the tenacity and fortitude needed to achieve conservation success. The purpose of these awards is to recognize the self-sacrifice of extraordinary individuals who have devoted their lives to saving wild cats and their habitats, and to reward the efforts of established and up-and-coming researchers devoting their lives and career towards the common goal of ensuring a future for wild cats. We will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize on June 1, 2014; the deadline will be September 1, 2014.

To apply and learn more about Panthera's prizes, please click on the links below:


The Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship was established by Ramune Cobb under the auspices of Panthera to further wild cat conservation by fostering the professional growth of early career cat conservationists. This annual Fellowship is made to an exceptional early career conservationist to undertake a field-based internship for training and experience in field skills necessary for the conservation of wild cats. The fellowship award is granted to cover all costs of travel and support for fieldwork on an established wild cat conservation project selected by Panthera. The application period for the 2015 Winston Cobb Fellowship will open on January 1, 2015; the deadline for applications is February 1, 2015.

To learn more about Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship and to apply, please click on the link below: