Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expeditions 2016

The Erasmus Darwin Barlow Conservation programme aims to attract and nurture zoologists and conservationists of the future by funding two places for students or early career conservationists to join a ZSL EDGE of Existence expedition.

Applications are now closed for 2016.

Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expeditions 2015 Madagascar
Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expedition 2015

The format of the Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expedition has been updated this year, to better reflect our goals for research, conservation action and inclusion of participants from a diverse range of backgrounds.  

We are looking for passionate, ambitious individuals, wishing to pursue a career in conservation. We will be accepting applications from students and early career conservationists with less than two years’ work experience.  

We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals that would not otherwise be able to take part in a conservation research expedition.  

Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expeditions 2015 Madagascar

Successful applicants will fulfil the following criteria:

  • Commitment to biodiversity conservation
  • Ability to carry out ecological or social research
  • Relevant skills that will benefit the expedition (e.g. experience with particular ecological or social research methods, interest in and ability to identify to species level within a particular taxonomic group, language skills, experience with photography/videography/other visual media, experience with journalism)
  • Experience travelling abroad 
  • Experience with logistics and planning of field work 
  • Ability to work in challenging or potentially inhospitable conditions
  • UK national or resident in the UK

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See and for more information. Applications are now closed for 2016.

These awards are a tribute to the late Dr Erasmus Barlow, a Founder Fellow of the Society and also remembered at ZSL for his contribution to the Society in his role as Secretary from 1980 to 1982.

    How to apply

    Applications to the Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expeditions 2016 are now closed.

    Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expedition 2015 Madagascar

    File EDBE Application Form 2016.docx (32.96 KB) (32.96 KB)

    File EDBE Guidelines 2016.docx (30.91 KB) (30.91 KB)


    Support Us

    The Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expeditions are made possible by the generosity of its supporters with each award being entirely funded through donations. To find out more or to make a donation today, please call the Individual Giving Team on 020 7449 6406 or email