About the Fellowship

Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are pleased to announce the Leadership for Climate Resilient Fisheries Fellowship. 

SOA and EDF will select 8-10 Fellows from East and Southeast Asia to participate in an intensive program that aims to strengthen their leadership in advancing solutions for climate resilient fisheries. Fellows will receive a grant of US$2,000-US$5,000 to advance a relevant project.

The virtual program will provide Fellows a holistic understanding of principles and approaches for building climate resilience through sustainable fisheries management, coupled with extensive leadership training and skills development.

Young Ocean Leaders (age 18-35) with a relevant project idea are invited to apply. Projects may be new ideas or build off existing efforts. The grants will be modeled after SOA’s Ocean Leadership Microgrants program, but Fellows must first complete the climate resilient fisheries curriculum between July and September 2021 to be eligible for funding. They will work to integrate learned best practices into their project ideas, and funds will be issued to eligible Fellows in September 2021.

Who We're Looking For

We're looking for project leaders who are passionate about sustainable marine fisheries and building resilience in coastal communities, with some experience and/or education in the field. 

In addition, successful candidates must be:

  • Young Ocean Leaders (18-35)  
  • From and Working in Coastal East Asia and Coastal Southeast Asia:

East Asia: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan

Southeast Asia: Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Brunei 

  • Able to implement a project that supports or advances climate resilient fisheries and communities by March 2022
  • Able to participate in English (through written and verbal communication)


Fellowship Objectives

The Leadership for Climate Resilient Fisheries Fellowship aims to:

  1. Build and activate a global network of climate resilient fisheries leaders who share a common understanding of the impacts climate change will have on fisheries and the elements of solutions they can advance collectively. 
  2. Shrink the “research-implementation gap” in fisheries governance. Transitioning fisheries to effective management regimes is a baseline step for enhancing climate resilience. 
  3. Provide selected fellows with the capacity to develop and advance climate resilience solutions.
  4. Create a replicable and scalable model that EDF can continue to deliver in partnership with SOA in the years ahead to build a growing global network of champions for climate resilient fisheries. 

How to Apply

Fellows are encouraged to apply through the Fellowship application form by July 14, 2021.