Participants in the 2019 Native Student Professional Development Program pose for a photo during the 26th Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Are you an Indigenous student enrolled in a wildlife program? Apply for the Native Student Professional Development Program!




The Wildlife Society and the Native Peoples’ Wildlife Management Working Group believe that one of the most effective ways to support Indigenous wildlife students is to give them the opportunity to attend TWS’ Annual Conference. Up to 10 individuals will be selected to attend this year’s conference as part of the program, which includes:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Travel grants (for airfare)
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations
  • Mentorship at the conference
  • One-year memberships in TWS & the Native Peoples’ Wildlife Management Working Group
  • Stipend to attend workshops/trainings during the conference,
  • Exclusive educational sessions for program participants
  • Access to all conference networking events


Applicants must meet the following eligibility standards:

  • Member of a Native American, First Nations, or Indigenous Tribe, or identify as Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a relevant academic discipline such as wildlife biology or ecology
  • Display a record of academic excellence and a strong interest in pursuing a career in wildlife management or conservation

Students within six months of graduation are eligible. Qualified applicants will be evaluated by a panel consisting of the Chair of the NPWMWG, two other NPWMWG members, a TWS staff member, and representatives from other program partners. 


Applications must include:

  • Name, address, email, phone number, tribal affiliation, name of college or university
  • Current level of study (undergraduate or graduate) and field of study
  • Most recent official transcripts
  • Essay (500-750 words) explaining why you would like to participate and how this program might benefit your career development. You may also address how your personal and cultural experiences and skills contribute to the wildlife profession. Mention relevant extracurricular activities, societies, honors, or awards

Please email all application materials to Ty Werdel.


The deadline for applications to be received is August 1, 2022.


Please review our guidelines for professional behavior at the conference