Program Overview

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 paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with an undergraduate degree with the tools and support 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 member 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 with competitive entry-level salaries plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through RAY Member Organizations.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship cycle will open in January 2018, and Fellowship positions will begin July 16, 2018.

Ideal Candidates

The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship looks for applicants that demonstrate:

  • Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges
  • Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits
  • Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields
  • The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Review our application process, timeline, and eligibility requirements for more!