Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program

RAY Conservation Fellowship

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Grant amount: US $32,200

Anticipated deadline: Mar 31, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Fields of work: Marine Biology Oceanography Marine/Ocean Conservation

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student, Unaffiliated Researcher, Working Professional

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in environmentally-related sectors, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program supports two cohorts of Fellows per year: RAY Conservation Fellows and RAY Clean Energy Fellows. The RAY Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a two-year paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.

RAY Fellows will be placed within one of our partner organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in the conservation field. Fellows will work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of fellows.  RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions at $31,200 plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through their host organizations and the Environmental Leadership Program.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants will:
    • Come from a racial / ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Be less than 1 years out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by July 2020 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time) 
    • Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy
    • Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship


  • The RAY Fellowship Program looks for applicants that demonstrate:
    • Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social, environmental, and energy challenges
    • Willingness to actively contribute to the Program and take advantage of its benefits
    • Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the environmental or clean energy and social change fields
    • The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellowship community and network after the conclusion of the Fellowship
    • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others


  • We are not considering graduate students at this time.