Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program

RAY Conservation Fellowship

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Grant amount: US $32,200

Deadline: Mar 29, 2019

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 the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to work to increase and provide supported career pathways for people of color within the field. The RAY Fellowship Program is a year-long paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with an undergraduate degree with the tools and support systems they need to become leaders in the ocean conservation field; one that fully represents the rich and diverse communities within 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 should:
    • Recently have graduated (between May 2017 and June 2018) with an undergraduate degree/ will have graduated with an undergraduate degree by the start of the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship in July 2018. 
    • Have the ability to work in the United States.
    • Have the ability to commit to the entire year long fellowship.
    • Come from an educational or cultural background that is underrepresented in marine conservation field in the United States and/or
    • Have shown and can demonstrate a strong, active commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and justice within the environmental and social change fields in the academic, professional or civic sector through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender or to improve race relations in the U.S


  • We are not considering graduate students at this time.