HCTF believes in nurturing and growing conservation leaders of the future. The HCTF Scholarship Grant Program supports students of solid academic standing to pursue a higher education leading to a career in wildlife or fish conservation. This will be accomplished through the awarding of undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

Fellowships aim to build experience, knowledge, and skills within the next generation of collaborative and conservation leaders to support each other and advance the field. We are striving to build a cohort of emerging leaders, connecting graduate students who will go on to do important work with BC’s conservation.

Are you interested in joining a community of leaders interested in BC’s fish, wildlife, habitat, and biodiversity conservation? Apply now for one of our scholarships.

The intake period for Al Martin Conservation Fellowship applications begins April 1st, 2021. Please apply below.

Al Martin Conservation Fellowships

HCTF invites graduate students (pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree) to apply to the 2021 Al Martin Fellowship Program.

Al Martin was a giant in the conservation community and had an influential and lengthy career in fish and wildlife management and habitat conservation. He began his career in 1977 as a biologist in Penticton BC for the Fish and Wildlife Branch, moved to Cranbrook where he worked as a fisheries biologist for over a decade before moving to Victoria to hold several senior positions including Manager of Fisheries, Director of the Watershed Restoration Program, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Branch, Executive Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

After retiring from a 30-year career in the BC Public Service in 2010, Al actively continued to be a leader in the conservation and science-based management of BC’s fish and wildlife. He was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the BC Wildlife Federation and a Board Director with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. Al passionately worked to sustain fish and wildlife habitats and populations for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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Fellowship Award

The AMCF awards two fellows a $10,000 stipend, with $8,000 at the beginning of their practicum and $2,000 at the conclusion of their fellowship.

Award cheques will be disbursed in two amounts, with a first installment awarded at the June HCTF Board meeting, and the second at the conclusion of the fellowship. Final payments are contingent on the submission of a one-year progress report or presentation to the Board of activities and accomplishments and a final report is due at the conclusion of the Fellowship.

HCTF will cover travel expenses for Fellowship students to share their research and or participate in meetings/workshops/conference opportunities if requested.


All applicants must be full-time students with solid academic standing registered in a recognized Canadian educational institute. They must be citizens or landed immigrants of Canada, with the intention of working in Canada.

Here’s what you will gain by being an Al Martin Conservation fellow:

  • Peer networking opportunities with HCTF’s conservation technical committees
  • Real-world understanding of BC’s conservation landscape.
  • An expanded personal and professional network.

Additional HCTF Scholarship programs are in development, please check back soon for more information.