来源：www.fauna-flora.org 翻译：宓春荣 校对：张子婕
达尔文奖学金项目是由野外研究委员会（Field Studies Council, FSC）牵头，设立在英国，面向全世界科学家开放的项目。申请人既可以来自非政府组织（NGO）、政府部门、或者大学的生物学和生态学院系。申请人必须小于35岁，正在攻读本科或以上的课程，是一位年轻的讲师或是在一个环保组织工作。
一份FSC发表的声明中，来自FSC的生物多样性学习经理、合作课程主管Sue Townsend和项目经理Richard Dawson说：“首先，在全球范围内缺少分类学家和观察、识别技巧专家。其次，在国内和国际都需要一种更连贯、稳定的方法记录生物多样性。最后，科学家们非常需要能够更有效地和不同人群沟通交流，从学校的学生、普通公众再到决策者。”
Darwin Scholarship Programme applications open
A short course programme to develop better naturalists.
Applications for the 2012 Darwin Scholarship Programme are now open. The aim of the programme is to develop better naturalists, in the spirit of Charles Darwin’s love of nature and observing the world.
Aimed at young scientists from around the world, so far over 74 people from 38 countries have taken part. The fifth Darwin Scholarship Programme will take place over ten days in August 2012.
Led by the Field Studies Council (FSC), the Darwin Scholarship Programme is UK based but open to scientists from all over the world. Applicants from both NGO and governmental departments, or in a Biology or Ecology faculty at University are invited to apply. Applicants need to be under the age of 35 and studying at graduate or post graduate level, be a young lecturer or work for an environmental organisation.
The Scholarship has been designed to address the areas considered to be least developed or under represented in science education on a global scale. It will focus on skills of observation and identification, recording biodiversity and communicating biodiversity to different target groups.
In a statement released by FSC, co-course directors Sue Townsend, Biodiversity Learning Manager and Richard Dawson, Project Manager, both of FSC stated, “Firstly, there is a global shortage of taxonomists and experts with observation and identification skills. Secondly, there is a need to record biodiversity in a more coherent and robust way both nationally and internationally and finally there is a huge need for scientists to communicate more effectively with a range of different groups from school students and the general public through to decision makers.”
The FSC is offering this scholarship as part of its ongoing international programme of work and to celebrate the work of Charles Darwin. Although Darwin is usually remembered for his work on the theory of evolution, much of this work was based on an enthusiasm for the natural world together with first hand observation and exploration of the natural environment.
For more information on the 25 places available for the Darwin Scholarship Programme, click