Fellowship Program


is a unique initiative which seeks to directly support the efforts of individuals who either have a proven track record or hold great potential to contribute to the fields of ethnoecology and traditional resource rights. The Fellowship Program is named after Darrell Posey, an ethnoecologist who helped to develop the concept of traditional resource rights and whose life-long efforts to promote a socially-engaged ethnoecology has inspired countless individuals. The ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship Program was launched in 2004 with a grant from The Christensen Fund; the program is administered by the International Society of Ethnobiology, a society founded by Darrell Posey.

The Fellowship Program promotes the field of ethnoecology - the understanding of local peoples’ complex and dynamic relationships with their environments. It especially supports indigenous peoples and local communities working to sustainably manage, and secure rights to, their territories and resources.

The core objectives of the Fellowship Program are:

  • to build ethnoecology as a discipline, while promoting ethical research practices, processes and products;
  • to assist Indigenous peoples working to achieve traditional resource, and other, rights;
  • to address broader spiritual and cultural aspects of well-being, health, and the environment

The Fellowship Program includes three major grant categories awarded to individuals and in some cases organizations.

Field Fellowships

Field Fellowships are awarded to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds in recognition of their long-term contribution and exemplary commitment to ethnoecology and traditional resource rights. The purpose of the Fellowship is to give these unique, often over-burdened and under-supported individuals some breathing space and the ability to focus more intensely on their work.

Small Grants

Small Grants are awarded to individuals, organizations or communities in support of a specific activity or range of activities with clear potential for impact on matters relating to traditional resource rights.


Student Fellowships

Student Fellowships support highly promising Masters and PhD students from a wide range of geographical backgrounds, academic disciplines and ethnicities whose work shows great promise for ethnoecology or, more generally, for bridging academic research with applied community-based work.