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 RAY Fellowship positions would you like to be considered for? (short answer)

Questions? Contact [email protected] 

Fellowship Positions

Please find descriptions of Fellowship positions being offered during the next cycle here.


March 15, 2018: Applications Due

April 2018: Application Review & Selection 

May 2018: Fellows Notified

July 16, 2018: First Day of Fellowship


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. 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
  • 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

RAY Applicant Webinars

Learn more about the RAY Fellowship Program interview and selection process by attending our annual RAY Applicant Webinar series.