Background to the Darrell Posey Fellowship


The priorities of the Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights reflects some key lessons learned by Darrell in his lifetime:

  • It is often the small, grassroots organizations with little visibility and limited administrative capacity which carry out some of the most important and effective, even if at times unrecognized, work;
  • Because these small groups often lack the necessary networking, fundraising and reporting skills and capacities, they often face financial difficulties;
  • The one-year funding cycle adopted by many funding schemes is too constraining and limiting;
  • Ethnobiologists, especially those working outside of academia, have an extremely difficult time receiving financial support for their work;
  • Ethnobiologists working within academia often also receive little financial or institutional support for their work, since ethnobiology and applied research generally does not fit easily within academic institutional priorities and promotion structures.

In response, The Fellowship Program: 

  • Provides a range of different grants aimed at supporting individuals with an outstanding record (Field Fellowship), small organizations or projects (Small Grants) and post-graduate students (Student Fellowships).
  • Draws on a unique nomination and selection process involving an extensive network of nominators and selection committee members who represent a wide range of backgrounds and types of expertise relating to ethnoecology and indigenous and traditional resource rights.
  • Has simple application and reporting requirements; recipients are selected because they have solid reputations for doing good work; it follows that funds will be used effectively.
  • Includes two years of support for most grant categories.