The Coastal Solutions Fellowship

is designed to build, train, and support a collaborative network of scientists, developers, and planners who are designing and implementing innovative solutions to coastal environmental challenges across the Pacific Americas Flyway.

Planning + Science + Development = New Solutions

From Mexico to Chile, the Pacific Coast provides critical habitat for millions of shorebirds migrating annually across hundreds of sites of the Pacific Americas Flyway. Despite their importance, shorebirds and their habitats across the flyway are facing great threats due to incompatible coastal development (e.g., urbanization, tourism, aquaculture) and climate change, which is contributing to on-going population declines. Effective solutions that target and reduce these threats across the flyway can only be achieved through close collaborations between scientists, planners, and developers.

The Coastal Solutions Fellows Program exists spark new collaborations between scientists, planners and developers who are designing and implementing evidence-based approaches to improve the protection of shorebirds and coastal habitats. Early career professionals from the Academia, NGO, and private sector are encouraged to apply for one of our two programs: Science fellowship or Planning / AEC fellowship.

  • Am I eligible?
  • Must be a citizen of a Latin American country located in the Pacific Americas
  • Program requires the fellow to secure a mentor, an in-country collaborator, and an out-of-country collaborator
  • Early-career scientists, planners, architects, engineers or similar disciplines are eligible
  • Research / work must be on an issue directly connected to a Pacific Flyway shorebird site(s) in Latin America

Science fellows:

At least a Bachelor Degree in the fields of Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology or similar

Have proven experience in shorebird and/or coastal research and conservation

Planning / AEC fellow:

University degree in a relevant field such as planning, architecture, environmental engineering, or similar discipline based at a private firm, NGO, or government agency.

Proven experience on projects related to coastal sustainability

Willingness to collaborate with other sectors to find innovative solutions for shorebird and coastal conservation

    • 2.5K
    • Monthly two-year stipend
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    • 10K
    • Project funds
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    • 5K
    • Mentor support
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    • 5K
    • Travel-to-train
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    • Maximum benefits to fund your project
    • 80K
  • Annual retreat for fellows and mentors, along with strategic training workshops
  • Access to the Coastal Solutions Collaboration Network
  • Eligible for a collaboration grant up to 30k USD

Application process

Phase 1:
Submits a 1-page project idea (pre-proposal)

Deadline for 1-page pre-proposal:
Feb 28, 2017
Program staff review proposals to secure project and awards invitation to submit a full-proposal
Phase 2:
Candidate prepares a full-proposal according to established guidelines. Program staff provides feedback and support during the process.
Deadline for full-proposal:
April 15th, 2017
Notification and award on May 2017

Fellowship timeline

  • First year:

    Fellow and mentors attend a 2-3 day training retreat

    Fellow receives funds to implement a two-year project with support of the mentor and collaborators

  • Second year:

    Fellow continues project implementation

    Travels to train with an out-of-country collaborator

  • Senior fellows:

    Part of a lifelong collaboration network

    Eligible for collaboration grants

Become a Science Fellow

Become a Planning / AEC Fellow