STUDENT LIFE

"Living in Gorongosa National Park is the experience of a lifetime."

-Victor Americo

"Gorongosa is a family and school at the same time! I am very proud to be part of this family and learning more about the essence of conservation.”

-Marcio Tomas

"Even after living in GNP for a year, my passion for the park and its biodiversity continues to grow daily. For me, living here has been a life experience I wish all Mozambicans could have; the opportunities and challenges that the park presents prepare one to be a leader in conservation in the country."

-Gold Chinder

"Living and studying in GNP is to learn new things every waking moment. It is to have the opportunity to gain scientific knowledge, share experiences with researchers and scientiests from Mozambique and abroad. One of the things that makes life even more fun here are the friendships one creates. Strangers quickly become like friends and family."

-Amemarlita Matos

Students in the Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program have the rare privilege of calling Gorongosa National Park their home for two years. Through the generous support of HHMI, students have full scholarships which cover their academic credits, room and board, travel to the park, and most of their research needs. By living and working together, students form a close-knit cohort and support each other academically and socially.

“Living in Gorongosa National Park is the experience of a lifetime.”
-Victor Americo

“Gorongosa is a family and school at the same time! I am very proud to be part of this family and learning more about the essence of conservation.”
-Marcio Tomas

“Even after living in GNP for a year, my passion for the park and its biodiversity continues to grow daily. For me, living here has been a life experience I wish all Mozambicans could have; the opportunities and challenges that the park presents prepare one to be a leader in conservation in the country.”
-Gold Chinder

“Living and studying in GNP is to learn new things every waking moment. It is to have the opportunity to gain scientific knowledge, share experiences with researchers and scientiests from Mozambique and abroad. One of the things that makes life even more fun here are the friendships one creates. Strangers quickly become like friends and family.”
-Amemarlita Matos

Academics

We aim to become an internationally recognized M. Sc. program dedicated to training competent and capable biologists and conservation leaders in Mozambique. Learn More. 

Admissions

Thank you to all the applicants for the 2020-2022 cohort of the master’s program!  We received many great applications. We are currently closed for admissions. 

Faculty

The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology faculty consists of a talented, knowledgeable team of professors who generously donate their time to teach intensive courses in the master’s curriculum. List of faculty here. 

Information for Faculty

Our incredible guest faculty make the Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program possible. We are extremely grateful for your time and dedication to promoting conservation through education. More information here. 

Our Consortium Partners

The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program is made possible through partnerships with three Mozambican institutions, the Universidade LúrioUniversidade Zambeze, and the Instituto Superior Politécnico de Manica, in partnership with the Universidade de Lisboa. Read more here. 

Student Life

Students in the Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program have the rare privilege of calling Gorongosa National Park their home for two years. Read more. 

Student Research

Our students conduct their thesis research on an impressive variety of topics in Gorongosa National Park and its buffer zone. See here for a list of current research projects, and films about their work. 

Our Mission

Our Mission

Advance an integrated multi-partner approach to conservation and to people-centred development. The Gorongosa Project protects the Park’s biodiversity and ecosystem services and unlocks its economic potential for the community inhabitants of the Gorongosa Buffer Zone, Sofala Province, Mozambique and further afield.

Our Vision

A thriving, biodiversity-rich, Greater Gorongosa conservation landscape, which supports Sofala Province as an engine for resilient and sustainable development enabling nature experiences and wellbeing for its people, enriching all of Mozambique and the world.

A Park for Peace

On 1 August, 2019 a historic ceremony was held in Gorongosa to celebrate the Cessation of Hostilities Accord between the leaders of the Government of Mozambique and the opposition Renamo Party. The accord established Gorongosa National Park (GNP) as a ‘Park for Peace’, delivering human development to the communities that share the greater landscape.