A key component of Panthera’s mission is fostering the next generation of wild cat conservationists. Panthera currently offers five grants and one fellowship program.
These scholarships support conservation research initiatives on both big cats and small cat species outside the focus of Panthera’s core programs. In awarding these grants and fellowships, Panthera prioritizes projects led by in-country nationals to help build the scientific base of the countries wild cats call home.
Kaplan Graduate Awards
The Kaplan Graduate Awards Program (KAP) supports conservation efforts of outstanding, young biology graduate students working on all wild felids in situ, with a particular focus on threatened species.
Letters of Interest for the 2016 Kaplan Graduate Awards Program will be accepted from November 16, 2015 until December 1, 2015. We welcome applications for projects on all wild cat species in all regions. Award amounts vary; the maximum is $15,000.
Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Jaguar Research Grant Program
The Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Jaguar Research Grant Program supports in situ conservation projects focused on jaguars living within the Jaguar Conservation Units and corridors identified by Panthera in Latin America. This program is a partnership between the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation and Panthera.
Sabin Snow Leopard Grants Program
The Sabin Snow Leopard Grants Program supports in situ conservation efforts on the snow leopard in Asia. Emphasis is given to initiatives mitigating threats to snow leopards, implementing population surveys and uncovering new ecological data on the species. Launched in early 2015, this program is a partnership between the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and Panthera.
From the beginning, we wanted the [Kaplan Graduate] Awards to take the most promising young cat scientists through three to four years of essential training to become experts in their field. And for the top tier, we work to place them in a job once they graduate. If we’re going to succeed, our model has to be cradle to grave.
Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Panthera’s Founder
Small Cat Action Fund
The Small Cat Action Fund (SCAF) is a grants program supporting in situ conservation and research activities on many of the 31 small cat species. SCAF was established by Panthera and is operated with oversight from the IUCN Cat Specialist Group.
Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program
The Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program supports in situ conservation projects on the African cheetah. Preference is given to initiatives focused on corridor delineation, threat mitigation, and range surveys in countries where little data exists. This grants program is invitation only and was established in 2014 by the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and Panthera.
Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship
The Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship is made annually to an exceptional early career conservationist to undertake a field-based internship for training and experience on a wild cat conservation project selected by Panthera. The Fellowship was established by Ramune Cobb under the auspices of Panthera, honoring the memory of a beloved domestic cat, Winston Cobb.
All of Panthera’s grant programs are facilitated through an online grant management system, Foundant, through which all Letters of Interest (LOIs) and new and renewal grant applications must be submitted.
Applications for the 2016 Kaplan Graduate Awards Program Grant open November 16, 2015 and will be accepted until December 1, 2015. Applications for other grants typically open in mid-January and mid-July; please check back frequently for updates and more information.
Kaplan Graduate Awards One-Pager
Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program One-Pager
Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Jaguar Research Grant Program One-Pager