Latin American Fisheries Fellows Program

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    Made possible by the generous support of the Walton Foundation, the LAFF program provides fellowship support for up to four highly qualified students who are pursuing the two-year Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) degree with a concentration in Coastal Marine Resources Management and are dedicated to pursuing a related career in Latin America.

    The LAFF program builds upon the the Bren School's mission, which is to play a leading role in researching environmental issues, training scientists and environmental management professionals, and identifying and solving environmental problems around the world. The Bren MESM program is an interdisciplinary, solution-oriented curriculum that includes rigorous coursework, a capstone-thesis Group Project or Eco-Entrepreneurship Project, training in communications and career placement assistance.

    Call for Applicants

    The Bren School accepts applications for the Latin American Fisheries Fellowship program beginning October 1, 2014. This fellowship supports up to the full cost of the two-year Master of Environmental Science and Management degree at the Bren School. While fellows may receive a living stipend as well as intensive English language training (if needed), summer funding, and airfare to Latin America each year, the LAFF program favors applicants who apply for independent scholarships (e.g. from their home government). Note that all applicants must study for and take the GRE and TOEFL exams before applying and must apply to the Bren School in addition to the LAFF program. Applications are due January 15, 2015. Learn more about applying to the program by reviewing requirements, the Frequently Asked Questions, and downloading the LAFF Application.

    Where the Fellows Work

    The Latin American Fisheries Fellowship program has sponsored over a dozen fellows from eight countries. While at the Bren School, the fellows have worked on thesis projects ranging from vaquita conservation in the Gulf of California, to artisanal anchoveta fleet management options in Peru and using eco-tourism in Colombia to mitigate negative marine impacts. Additionally, fellows have used their funding to develop a variety of summer internships that include examining stakeholder uses of the Galápagos Marine Reserve, Latin American trawling policy with the United National Food and Agriculture Organization. See the map below for more details about the fellows and their projects; or visit the new LAFF website to see their bios.

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