Westarctica Conservation Scholarship

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The Westarctica Conservation Scholarship is an annual financial award given to students pursuing an advanced degree in climate sciences or a related field.


The scholarship was launched on 18 March 2020 at the behest of Westarctica's Minister of Conservation. It has been awarded each year since inception.


This research scholarship is available to anyone who meets the following criteria:

  1. Pursuing a graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in any nationally-accredited university or organization (i.e. zoo, field station) in the world.
  2. Researching a topic aligned with climate-change or global conservation issues.
  3. Planning a research project in the next 12 months.


The first two years of the scholarship, awards were given to researchers outside the United States for projects in Africa and Antarctica. 2022 was the first year the scholarship was awarded to a research project based in the United States.

Portrait Name Year Project
Abena Dufie.png Abena Dufie Wiredu Bremang 2020 Water security of the White Volta Basin.
Katie Obrien.png Katie O'Brien 2021 Health of penguins living on Signy Island.
Michael cary Grant-2022.jpg Michael Cary 2022 Effectiveness of the Kyoto Protocol.
NBlake.jpg Nathan Blake 2023 Ecological impact of global livestock herds.

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