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Applications now open for 2019/20 Ymke Warren Award


Applications are now being accepted for the 2019/20 Ymke Warren Memorial Conservation Award, a prize for early career scholars

The Gorilla Organization is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2019 Ymke Warren Memorial Conservation Award. The £750 grant is awarded annually to early career scholars researching great apes in the wild.

Last year, the award went to Ernest Fotsing, a research student at the University of Dschang in Cameroon. Fotsing is researching a PhD. in the behaviour of western lowland gorillas in the Campo’o Ma’an National Park in his native Cameroon. Now, researchers from gorilla range state countries across Africa are invited to apply for the 2019 award. In particular, young scholars carrying out research that will contribute to our knowledge of wild gorillas and other great apes are encouraged to apply.

“There are many conservationists carrying out vital and exciting field studies in Africa. It’s a very exciting time as we all work to learn more about the great apes and their behaviour,” says Jillian Miller, Director of The Gorilla Organization.

“We look forward to receiving applications from budding scholars researching gorillas in their home countries. As always, we expect the competition will be extremely tough, which is testament to the strength of the African research community right now.”

The Ymke Warren Memorial Gorilla Conservation Award was established to honour the work of Ymke Warren, a renowned British conservationist who was tragically murdered in Cameron whilst undertaking fieldwork on critically endangered Cross River gorillas. The Gorilla Organization, which has been awarding the prize annually since her death in 2013, is an international NGO working to save gorillas in the wild. It runs conservation and development projects in DR Congo and Uganda and has won international acclaim for its pioneering approach to community-led conservation.

Find out more about Ymke Warren, the Award set up in her honour, and learn how you can apply here.