The Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program
The Coastal Solutions Fellowship program builds from the “Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy” and pinpoints two strategies to address threats to shorebird and coastal habitats across the Flyway: 1) fostering collaborations among scientists, planners, and developers and 2) building the knowledge-base, resources and skills of Latin American professionals across these sectors.
A Fellowship Program is a mechanism to do so and it offers a unique opportunity to develop cross-sector collaborations by building a hemispheric collaboration network, providing strategic training and supporting fellows to develop site-based coastal solutions along the Pacific Americas Flyway.
Coastal Solutions Fellows will become the next generation of Latin American coastal scientists, planners and developers who will push forward coastal conservation across the Flyway.
The Life Cycle of a Coastal Solutions Fellowship
Eligible candidates start the process by applying for either a “Science fellowship” or a “Planning / AEC fellowship.” The application is divided into two phases:
Candidates submit a 1-page project idea (pre-proposal) to be evaluated by the Program Staff.
Applicants submitting quality projects aligned to the Program’s mission will be invited to
prepare a full-proposal for a project to be implemented during the 2-year fellowship.
The program will support projects focused on developing and implementing solutions to environmental challenges on important shorebird site(s) (See Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation strategy for suggestions). Candidates must also secure collaborators and a mentor who is preferably based at the candidate’s institution. Candidates whose 1-page project idea has been approved, will receive feedback and support from the Program Staff during the full-proposal preparation. A group of members from the technical committee will evaluate the application and the selected candidates will be notified and awarded a confirmation letter.
Fellows commit to working full-time on their projects with the support of their mentors and collaborators. During the first year, we will require fellows to attend a 2-3 day training retreat designed based on feedback from fellows and mentors. The retreat will include peer-to-peer learning, as well as targeted training in line with fellow’s needs.
Fellows continue to implement their projects. Fellows will also conduct a “travel-to-train” experience with an out-of-country collaborator. The program will provide funds for 2-4 weeks of “travel-to-train” in a foreign country to obtain skills and knowledge not available at home, also encouraging strong, on-going partnerships with out-of-country collaborators.
After the fellowship, fellows will become part of a lifelong network of outstanding scientists, planners, and developers finding innovative solutions to coastal threats along the Pacific Americas Flyway. We will encourage Senior Fellows to continue to participate as mentors, collaborators, or members of the Program’s Technical Committee. Senior Fellows will also be eligible to apply for “Collaboration Grants” (total < $30,000 USD a year) to work together on a solution for a coastal threat at a site(s) along the Pacific Americas Flyway.