Restricted countries

While the trustees strive to fund projects in every country that meets the Foundation's funding criteria, it is occasionally necessary to restrict support in a particular country due to circumstances beyond our control.

Currently, restrictions are in place for the following countries:

Cuba and Iran

We deeply regret that due to circumstances beyond our control we are currently unable to accept any applications from these countries.


Due to the huge volumes of applications in recent years, the Trustees decided to cease accepting new applications from Bhutan in March 2017.

The Trustees have now reviewed that decision and have agreed to lift this embargo on applications, though with strict conditions.

Applications will only be considered if they fulfil the following criteria:

  • They are from those who have graduated with a BSc degree in the past three years or from MSc/PhD students or those who have graduated from such studies in the past three years.
  • As per the Instructions for Applicants, this funding would be for fieldwork elements only.
  • Projects must also have direct conservation benefit to threatened habitats or species.
Any application that does not meet these criteria will be automatically rejected.