How to Apply

To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

1. Complete an Application (this links to a very short online questionnaire including contact information and demographics)

2. Follow the instructions on linked application to submit a curriculum vitae or a resume, a letter of support, and the following two essays and short answer: 

  • Roger Arliner Young was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology after years of juggling research and teaching while overcoming personal struggles. Her story is one of grit and perseverance. Tell us about an experience from your own life that has influenced your personally in shaping who you are and your development? (no more than one page single spaced) 
  • What do you see as the greatest challenge to our environment today? (no more than one page single spaced) 
  • Which 2017 RAY Fellowship positions would you like to be considered for? (short answer)

Questions? Contact 


March 31, 2017: Applications Due

April 2017: Application Review & Selection 

May 2017: Fellows Notified

July 17, 2017: First Day of Fellowship


Applicants should:

  • Recently have graduated (between May 2016 and June 2017) with an undergraduate degree/ will have graduated with an undergraduate degree by the start of the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship in July 2017. We are not considering graduate students at this time. 
  • 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
  • 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



Did you miss the RAY Fellowship Applicant Webinars? Watch a recording of the first webinar featuring Jordan Williams and Ron Tardiff, current RAY Fellows working at EDF


  1. Overview of RAY Marine Conservation Fellowship Program and Partner Organizations 
  2. Review of application process, deadline for submissions and required docs
  3. Featured positions - **including new positions being posted this week**
  4. Experience of current RAY Fellows 
  5. Q&A session - ask any questions you have regarding your application or the fellowship

​​Click here to view a recording of the webinar featuring RAY Fellows Ron Tardiff and Jordan Williams at EDF

We strongly recommend all applicants attend a webinar to learn more about the interview and selection process.  If you are unable to attend either webinar we will be posting a recording of the webinar on our website.  We look forward to answering your questions during the webinar.