The School of Wildlife Conservation invites dynamic and innovative conservation practitioners to join the ALU Rwanda community each term. The program’s objective is to connect seasoned conservation professionals to the next generation of leaders for the sector while they conduct research, explore new project opportunities or simply take time to reflect and re-strategize for the next phase of their career.


The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is one of 14 ‘schools’ that will eventually exist under the overall ALU umbrella to develop the next generation of world-class African leaders for conservation. It will also provide training for conservation practitioners via short courses and executive education. It is attracting researchers and guest faculty from around the world, and will ultimately enable long-term sustainability of conservation efforts in Africa by harnessing top African leadership talent for this critical mission.


Professionals in the Conservationist in Residence program will be able to mentor the next generation of African conservation leaders, lead workshops or seminars and coach the students. All this while having ample time, support and flexibility to conduct their own research/projects with access to ALU's network and resources in the safe and inspiring city of Kigali. The only cost to the residents will be round trip plane tickets to Kigali, and extra travel/leisure expenses within East Africa.

Conservation practitioner or seasoned academic with at least 5 years of experience in the sector.  Passion for developing the next generation of innovative leaders for conservation
Ideal profiles include mid-career or retired conservationists, conservation entrepreneurs, policy-makers, professors on sabbatical.


  • Free housing (housekeeper and cook will be provided)
  • Opportunities to engage with other thought leaders in conservation, develop your own ideas and expertise in conservation
  • Access to ALU's network and resources
  • A selection of top-notch undergraduate students to work with on your projects/research
  • Support from our wonderfully diverse ALU Rwanda staff


  • Commit at least two-four weeks to the program
  • Give one seminar/workshop per week for conservation scholars
  • Facilitate one or more sessions of the school's executive education or MBA programs
  • Hold office hours at least one day/week for students in the global challenges conservation track
  • Provide mentorship and project input for one student in the global challenges conservation track

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