About the Program

Awarded on a competitive basis, the Global Fellowship in Marine Conservation fully covers travel expenses, room and board, and tuition for two courses during an intensive 5-week summer term. The program focuses on interdisciplinary problem solving using biophysical and social science to address real world environmental problems.

Set in the vibrant educational and research setting at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina, the program creates an opportunity for scholars from around the globe to think about conservation biology and policy in an environment full of students, faculty and practitioners grappling with the same issues.


The summer program will immerse participants in the world of marine conservation biology and policy, giving them a set of fundamental tools for addressing and understanding issues of conserving marine biodiversity in the context of 21st Century society and the ‘anthropocene’ epoch. The summer program is structured so that students can customize their course options.

Core Course - Choose 1

  • Conservation Biology & Policy, Duke faculty: Rachel Gittman
  • Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology and Conservation, Duke faculty: David Johnston

Elective Course - Choose 1


Fellowships cover travel expenses, room and board, and tuition for two summer courses.

Program Dates

July 12 – August 13, 2021 (5 weeks)


The Global Fellowships are available to any international applicant with a good working knowledge of English who has an interest in marine conservation biology and policy, with the intent to apply this interest to the practice of coastal and marine conservation. Global Fellows should have a bachelor’s degree and be currently engaged in marine conservation or enrolled in a graduate program.

How to Apply

Deadline: March 19, 2021

All applicants will be notified of their award status shortly after the deadline date.


The application process includes submitting the following items:

  1. A brief statement of purpose - please limit this to one page - i.e., describing the applicant's reason for applying for the Fellowship, how the applicant will be able to apply the training in his/her home country; and the applicant's future goals.
  2. A letter of recommendation from academic faculty or employer addressed to Dr. Andy Read. We do not offer guidelines about the information to be included in your reference letter. These letters typically include how the referee knows you, his/her opinions of your work together in the past, and thoughts about whether he/she feels you'd be well suited to this program.
  3. A complete CV (curriculum vitae)
  4. A copy of your transcript is preferred. It may be an unofficial version. The transcript can be emailed to rachel.lopiccolo@duke.edu or faxed to (252) 504-7648 or scanned and emailed to the attention of Rachel Lo Piccolo. A non-certified translation of the transcript is fine. If sending a transcript is impossible, then please send a copy of your degree. If a traditional transcript is available, documentation certifying your courses, grades and official notes taken in each course during university studies in addition to a copy of your diploma will be required.

All application materials should be emailed (rachel.lopiccolo@duke.edu) or faxed (252-504-7648) to Rachel Lo Piccolo, director of the Duke Marine Lab Global Fellows Program, by the deadline. Please include last name and title on all printed and electronic documents.


Please contact the director of the Duke Marine Lab Global Fellows Program:

Rachel Lo Piccolo
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516, USA