Registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950, the Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust (DMNCT) supports work and activities that contribute to safeguarding and enhancing India’s Ecological Security, particularly its basic life support systems, through protecting, restoring and enhancing the country’s natural ecosystems, especially fragile ecosystems, conservation of endemic and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats.
About the Fellowship
In furtherance of its objectives, the Trust has instituted the Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme, which aims to support efforts of young and dynamic individuals deeply committed to conserving biodiversity, protecting habitats, and keeping in check the exploitation of nature and natural resources. Time-bound initiatives, involving direct implementation or action oriented research projects, should be in line with the objectives of the Trust and may include efforts to:
1. Conserve and restore natural landscapes and other biodiversity rich areas.
2. Conserve endemic and endangered plant and animal species and lesser known biodiversity.
3. Promote innovative approaches towards addressing environmental problems, and
4. Strengthen environmental governance.
Ground level action-oriented initiatives from practitioners as well as researchers that contribute to sustaining and enhancing India’s ecological security by protecting, restoring and enriching India’s forest cover, conserving endemic and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats, and restoring fragile ecosystems will especially be encouraged through the Fellowship Programme. Proposals that have an explicitly stated geographic and thematic focus stand a better chance of being selected. Preference would be given to applicants who do not have any ongoing support.