Global Fellows in Marine Conservation

Application Deadline: March 22 (2 fellowships available for 2019)

The Duke University Marine Laboratory is offering an educational opportunity from July 8- August 9, 2019. The summer curriculum focuses on principles necessary for the conservation and preservation of coastal and ocean environments during an intensive 5-week summer term. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary problem solving using biophysical and social science to address real world environmental problems. This program is an opportunity for students and professionals at any level to think about conservation biology and policy in an environment full of students, faculty and practitioners grappling with the same issues.

Global Fellowships in Marine Conservation will be awarded on a competitive basis. The Fellowship fully covers travel expenses, room and board, and tuition for two courses: Conservation Biology and Policy or Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology and Conservation and an elective (Marine Ecology, Marine Mammals, Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles).

**Note for 2019** Two of the three fellowships in 2019will be made in support of individuals who are interested in using drones in support of marine conservation. It is expected that those individuals will enroll in the Drones course as well as an additional course of their choice (see below for course options). 

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 program is set in the vibrant educational and research setting of the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. Participants are undergraduates, graduate students and international conservation practitioners from around the globe. The summer program has been restructured so that students can customize their course options. Students can choose either Conservation Biology & Policy or Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology and Conservation course in conjunction with an additional course (Marine Ecology, Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles).

Duke Faculty Instructors:
Rachel Gittman, Conservation Biology and Policy (taught Tuesday, Friday)
David Johnston, Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology and Conservation (taught Tuesday, Friday)

Electives (offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Reny Tyson,  Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals
Andy Read, Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals
Wendy Dow Piniak, Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles
Matthew Godfrey, Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles
Mike Kingston, Marine Ecology



March 22, 2019


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.

To Apply

Applicants are requested to submit the following credentials: (Please include last name and title on all printed and electronic documents)

  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 Curriculum Vitae
  4. A copy of your transcript is preferred. It may be an unofficial version. The transcript can be emailed to 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.

It is our preference to receive applications via email ( or by fax (252) 504-7648.

Application materials can be directed to:
Duke Marine Lab Global Fellows Program
c/o Rachel Lo Piccolo
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort NC 28516, USA

Due Date

Global Fellowship applications materials must be received no later than March 23, 2018 by Rachel Lo Piccolo ( All applicants will be notified of their award status shortly after the deadline date.

We appreciate your interest in our Global Fellows program. If you have any questions you may contact Rachel Lo Piccolo at

For additional information specific to the Global Fellowships in Marine Conservation, contact

Additional Resources

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Summer Term II courses >

Past Global Fellows >