Taita (Healer) Miguel explains important things to the new generation, Putumayo, Colombia. Photograph by J. Carrizosa

‘Taita’ (Healer) Miguel explains important things to the new generation, Putumayo, Colombia. Photograph by J. Carrizosa

The ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights is a unique initiative which seeks to directly support the work and efforts of individuals who either have a proven track record or hold great potential to contribute to the development of traditional resource rights. The fellowship is named after Darrell Posey, an ethnoecologist who helped 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, and is administered by the International Society of Ethnobiology, of which Darrell Posey was a founder.

The fellowship promotes the field of ethnoecology and the understanding of local peoples’ complex and dynamic relationships with their environment. It especially supports indigenous peoples and local communities working to sustainably manage, and secure rights to, their environment and resources. The core objectives of the fellowship are:

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•  to build ethnoecology as a discipline, while promoting ethical research practices and processes;
•  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 annually to individuals, and in some cases organizations, for a period of two years.

 

Field Fellowships are awarded to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds (academics, advocates and indigenous leaders, etc,) for their long-term contribution and exemplary commitment to applied ethnoecology and 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 in their work.

Small Grants are awarded to either individuals, local organizations or communities to support a specific activity or range of related activities with clear potential for local impact on matters relating to the management or rights over cultural and environmental resources.

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

Institutional Fellowships are intended to strengthen the field of applied ethnoecology in developed and developing countries, supporting individuals and institutions who are working towards linking academic departments and research with on-the-ground initiatives relating to traditional resource rights or the conservation of biocultural diversity.

Abuela (Grandmother) Narcisa Chindoy in her kitchen, Putumayo, Colombia. Photograph by J. Carrizosa

‘Abuela’ (Grandmother) Narcisa Chindoy in her kitchen, Putumayo, Colombia. Photograph by J. Carrizosa

 

Please help support the ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship Program by making a secure online donation or mailing your check to:

 ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship Program  PO Box 303  Bristol, VT 05443 USA

For more information on the Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights, email the ISE Managing Director.