Inspired by efforts to increase diversity in the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to address the lack of diversification within the field.
The RAY Fellowship Program is a year-long paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds with the tools and support systems they need to become leaders of a new ocean conservation field; one that fully represents the rich and diverse communities within the United States.
RAY Fellows will be placed at EDF or one of our partner organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in the conservation field. Fellows will work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of fellows.
RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through EDF and the Environmental Leadership Program.
The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship looks for applicants that demonstrate:
- Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges
- Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits
- Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields
- The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship
- Eagerness to connect with and learn from others