ZCOG’s Conservation Training Scholarship Program provides professional development opportunities for zoo and aquarium professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean by funding participation in professional training courses offered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). To be eligible, applicants must be employees or associates of a Latin American or Caribbean zoological institution or related facility, and be a legal resident of a Latin American or Caribbean country. Applicants must also possess a functional proficiency
in English, the language in which the professional training courses are held. Scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019-2020 PROGRAM YEAR RECIPIENTS!
Download the 2019-2020 recipient list.
To decide which scholarship you should apply for, download our helpful 'Which Conservation Training Scholarship is Right for Me?' document and review the scholarship table at the bottom of the page. You can also review information about each ZCOG scholarship by selecting specific page links from the list below.
DID YOU KNOW?
ZCOG has awarded 126 training scholarships to individuals
representing over 50 zoological institutions
in 17 different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin!
Each ZCOG scholarship provides a specific training opportunity by funding a particular course or set of courses. There are also scholarships available for certain Latin American or Caribbean zoo and aquarium professionals, which can be applied to attend any of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' (AZA) professional training program courses. For instance, employees or associates of zoos and aquariums within the Caribbean Basin (including coastal Central American countries) can apply to the Naples Zoo Caribbean Conservation Training Scholarship, while Brazilian zoo and aquarium employees or associates can apply for the Devra G. Kleiman Memorial Scholarship.
to decide which scholarship is right for you!
The 2019-2020 program year selection process has been finalized. Stay tuned for information about our 2020-2021 program year scholarship applications!
Contact if you have any questions about this year's scholarship offerings or the application process. Good luck!
Scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis.
Applicants must be employees or associates of a Latin American or Caribbean zoological institution or related facility, and be a legal resident of a Latin American or Caribbean country.
Applicants must possess a functional proficiency in English, the language in which the professional training courses are held.
Applicants must possess or secure a valid visa for travel to the United States.
Course registration (full);
Round-trip airfare from the award recipient’s point of origin to the destination city hosting the workshop (full);
Round-trip airport shuttle ground transportation within the continental United States (full);
Hotel/lodging throughout the duration of the course (based on double occupancy rate);
Meals (full at AZA courses held at Oglebay Resorts in Wheeling, WV.
Course registration: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s course registration.
Airfare: The award recipient shall forward a preferred travel itinerary, including departure and return dates, to ZCOG. ZCOG will arrange the award recipient’s airfare. The group will not reimburse award recipients for airfares purchased without first consulting ZCOG. Travel will be limited to dates surrounding the course.
Ground Transport: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s ground transportation.
Hotel/Lodging: ZCOG will cover hotel/lodging expenses for the award recipient via direct payment to the hotel. Lodging arrangements will be made by the AZA Professional Development Department.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the accommodations or courses. Dinners are mostly on your own.
Travel VISA: If necessary, ZCOG will draft a letter of support that the award recipient can use for their US Travel VISA interview.
Left to right: ZCOG Scholarship recipients Andrea Echeverry and Henrique Guimarães of the Barranquilla Zoo in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Andrea Caozzi, General Curator at the Zoológico Nacional de Santiago, Chile and recipient of ZCOG's Conservation Leadership Scholarship.
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