Leadership for Climate-Resilient Fisheries Fellowship
About the Fellowship
Photo credit: Noble Ocean Farms (2022 Fellowship recipient)
- A shared understanding of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and how to identify and advance solutions for greater resilience
- Advancements in their climate-resilient fisheries projects, grounded in a strong set of performance indicators that provide metrics around sustainability and resilience
- A stronger foundation of technical and leadership skills
Since 2021, 19 fellows in 7 countries have been supported. 2021 fellows were based in Southeast Asia and 2022 fellows worked in US fisheries. The 2023 Fellowship has no geographic restriction.
2023 Program Details
For the third consecutive year, Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) and the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate-Resilient Fisheries & Oceans team are seeking proposals from early-career changemakers to receive a financial grant and 1:1 mentorship, to propel solutions that advance climate-resilient fisheries and fishing communities. While previous programs were geographically focused, the 2023 program will invite a global cohort.
Applications opened on March 1, 2023 and closed on April 16, 2023.
Applicants will be notified by May 31, 2023.
- Are 18-36 years old and/or possess fewer than 10 years of relevant experience (this Fellowship is for early-career professionals)
- Are affiliated with an organization
- Are proficient in written and spoken English
- Commit to accomplishing and reporting on project deliverables by May 1, 2024
- Commit to attending 4 virtual workshops in June, September, December and March (2024).
- Request $5,000 USD or less
- June 2023 to June 2024
- December 2023: Progress Report
- May 2024: Final Report
- Fellows are expected to participate in at least four virtual workshops (specific dates TBD):
- June 2023: Kickoff and intro to climate-resilient fisheries principles
- September 2023: Alignment, connection, troubleshooting
- December 2023: Alignment, connection, troubleshooting
- March 2024: Closing and shared commitments
- A stronger foundation of technical and leadership skills through mentorship, skill building workshops, and online resources from the EDF Fishery Solutions Center
- A common understanding of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and best practices to identify and advance solutions for greater resilience
- Advancements in their climate-resilient fisheries projects, grounded in a strong set of performance indicators that provide guiding metrics around sustainability and resilience
- 1:1 Mentorship by request from EDF fisheries experts and SOA mentors
- The opportunity to network and build connections with changemakers around the world
- Build the technical and leadership capacity of project leaders
- Foster a common understanding of the impacts of climate change on fisheries, and help grantees identify solutions to advance solutions for greater resilience both collectively and within their individual projects
- Develop and track key performance indicators of sustainability; for example: volume of catch benefitted by the project, percentage of fleet or sector using low-impact gear, square mileage of fisheries covered
- Develop and track key performance indicators of resilience; for example: number of new jobs created for community members, number of people engaged through media, number of new stakeholder groups engaged, uptake of novel solutions and support by multiple stakeholder groups, frequency of data collection and responsive decision making, amount of seafood consumed locally, or a change in the distribution of fishery benefits supporting greater equity
- Create lasting connection, collaboration and community as a global cohort
The 2023 application period closed on April 16th.