The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a partnership initiative between ICF, the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, which offers selected UK students the opportunity to take part in a work placement exchange with Canada.
Endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, this award recognises students and recent graduates who have actively engaged in forestry or natural resource management and have demonstrated a passion for the environment and a desire to solve complex problems.
A total of four award-winners, two from Canada and two from the United Kingdom, will take part in the International Forestry Student Exchange Programme during the summer of 2018. Participating students will work at meaningful employment in their partner country, which will offer a broad range of interdisciplinary forestry experience in policy, planning and fieldwork. This could include: aiding in harvest prescriptions, high value conservation area determination, harvest block and road layout, silviculture related data collection, modeling and analysis, science and research support, urban forestry management, tree planting and nursery husbandry, or gaining a better understanding of how forestry non-governmental organisations and government work. This program connects future forestry leaders with all the resources required for success; providing unique experiences and opportunities, and empowering participants, while significantly contributing to employers and host countries alike.
Award winners will receive a bursary of £7,500 GBP (C$12,000) total. Participants will cover their own expenses, including flights, accommodation, local transportation, food, insurance and incidentals. In addition, participants will be asked to maintain a blog during the exchange and produce an article after the program finishes (additional information on the requirements for maintaining a blog will be provided to successful Award recipients).
Who can apply?
In order to apply for this award, you must be a citizen of the United Kingdom, age 30 or under, and able to travel to Canada. Students who have spent 3 years in a forestry, arboriculture or natural resources programme at a higher educational level within the UK, would be eligible to go on the exchange after:
- the 2nd year of a 3 year degree or 3rd year of a 4 year degree course, or;
- on graduating with a degree, or;
- on graduating with a Master degree.
- To be eligible for this award, you must be a student member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
To apply, fill in and return a copy of the application form below. Applications should be returned to Natasha Machado at the Canadian Institute of Forestry by 11:59 EST on 21 January 2018. Please read the guidance notes carefully.