Outdoor education charity FSC is now accepting applications for its Young Darwin Scholarship Program 2022, with 75 places available and 90% of costs covered by various funding streams, such as Generation Green and Our Bright Future. Successful fellows are invited to complete a residential course or serial training under the guidance of environmental tutors and undergo mentorship and training.
The program aims to give young people access to skills and mentorship to help them better understand the natural world and explore career options in the environmental sector.
Named after Charles Darwin himself, the program is now in its tenth year and is open to young people aged 16-25 from across the UK who want to develop their environmental skills and deepen their understanding of the natural world.
Dylan Byrne, head of youth engagement for the FSC, said the scholarships represent a “must have” opportunity for young people interested in developing their passion for the environment and encouraged anyone interested to apply as soon as possible. .
He added: “We have been running this program successfully for ten years and it is a fantastic way for young people to develop their environmental skills and knowledge as well as build lasting friendships with other like-minded people.
“Due to increased funding, we have 75 places available in the program this year, representing a fivefold increase in the number of scholarships compared to previous years.”
About the plan
The scholarship program was first introduced at FSC’s Preston Montford field center near Shrewsbury – the birthplace of Charles Darwin. It begins with an immersive five-day experience incorporating fieldwork, biodiversity identification skills, career guidance and networking opportunities.
Fellows will also have access to ongoing mentorship and support through the Fellowship Program, as well as online and in-person training from a range of FSC specialists and mentors.
This year, on-site training will take place at five sites across the UK, including FSC’s own field centers at Preston Montford in Shrewsbury and Caste Head near Cumbria. Fellows will also use the YHA site at Potato Wharf in Manchester and undertake local site visits at Risley Moss and Rixton Clay Pits.
In Bristol, training will be based at YHA Bristol in Narrow Quay and visits to Leigh Woods and Avon Grow Wilder will take place. In London, researchers will use training sites at Stave Hill, Regents Park and Bushy Park.
Additional support would be available for people who may have financial difficulty covering the remaining 10% of the fee.