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Be part of our 2020 class of fellows!

The CSF Program is pleased to announce the call for pre-proposals for the 2020 Class of Fellows!

Project requirements

We are seeking project proposals that draw upon scientific knowledge to define ecological and sustainability goals, while similarly drawing on knowledge and ideas from the planners, engineers and architects to develop functional and viable solutions that target development needs and restoration goals. Projects should have the following characteristics:

  • Harnesses cross-sector resources and knowledge from planning, design, engineering, conservation and scientific disciplines.
  • Targets a specific site, threat, or need.
  • Identifies an explicit challenge, leverages resources, and seizes current opportunities.
  • Includes mechanisms to ensure cross-sector collaboration.
  • Contributes to the professional development and career goals of the fellow.

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Priority will be given to projects that focus on at least one of the following:

  • Priority threats for coastal ecosystems. Examples include climate change, water management, aquaculture, and wetland degradation.
  • Priority sites along the Pacific Americas Flyway, as defined in the Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy or other conservation plans.
  • Solutions that seek out a balance between sustainable economic development and the conservation of coastal sites.

General requirements:

  • Latin American citizen or resident.
  • Early career professional (less than 10 yrs of experience in your field).
  • Based at a for-profit or non-profit institution from the conservation, planning, science, design, development, architecture or engineering  disciplines and/or at a university or research institution.


  • Bachelor’s degree in at least one of the following categories:
    • Biology, marine biology, ecology, environmental sciences, natural resources or similar field.
    • Planning, architecture or engineering.

Current status:

  • Candidates must fit into at least one of following categories:
    • Graduate student or post-doctoral researcher.
    • Early-career faculty based at a Latin American institution.
    • Professional at a private company or firm.
    • Professional at a non-profit institution.

Fellow requirements

We are looking for early-career environmental leaders who are highly motivated to tackle complex challenges that threaten the integrity of coastal habitats and the shorebirds that rely on them. The fellows will bring together planners, developers, engineers, architects, conservationists and scientists to develop cross-sectoral solutions to address coastal threats in Latin America.

Fellowship description

The two-year fellowship includes stipend support, project funds, mentorship and cross-sector collaborations, as well as a broad-range of professional development and training opportunities. Mentors are expected to provide guidance during the fellowship tenure, while a cross-sector collaborator will contribute different perspectives and approaches for achieving the desired project outcomes. Fellows can also propose to use funds to cover activities such as traveling abroad for professional development. The program includes two required retreats that combine peer-to-peer learning and strategic trainings. Senior Fellows are also eligible for collaboration grants to continue working on coastal solutions after their fellowship tenure.








Benefits for fellows

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$80,000 USD over 2 years

The $80,000 USD budget is flexible with the only constraint being that some categories have a maximum amount permitted. This flexibility will allow applicants to meet their financial needs, leverage other funding sources, and create a custom budget for their proposed project. There is no limit on the amount that can be allocated towards project funds.

Stipend: Maximum of $30,000 dollars per year.

Project funds: No limit, but can not exceed the $80,000 dollars of total project funds.

Mentor support: Maximum of $5,000 dollars to support the involvement of the mentor.

Travel-to-train: Maximum of $5,000 dollars can be used for professional development activities, including traveling to conferences, attending workshops, and interacting with collaborators.

Other benefits:

  • Two required retreats that combine peer-to-peer learning and strategic trainings.
  • Senior fellows are eligible for collaboration grants after their fellowship tenure.
Fellowship Timeline

First year:

  • Fellows and mentors attend first training retreat.
  • Fellow begins the two-year project with support of the mentor and collaborators.
  • Fellows report on project.
  • Fellows can travel to train with an out-of-country collaborator.

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Second year:

  • Fellows attend the second training retreat.
  • Fellows can travel to train with an out-of-country collaborator.
  • Fellows complete their project and present the results.

Senior fellows:

  • Connect with Coastal Solutions Alumni network and community of collaborators.
  • Alumni are eligible for collaboration grants.

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Interested in applying?

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Click on the links to download the:

Call for application (download PDF).

Pre-proposal Guidelines (download PDF).

Complete instructions and requirements can be found on
How to Apply.