Emerging Coastal Leaders (ECL) Program

The ECL Program is a new awards program offered by the Coastal Institute (CI) for URI graduate students from interdisciplinary backgrounds who aspire to pursue careers in coastal, marine, and estuarine science and management.

The two-year appointment to the ECL Program gives the members access to the following:

  1. The network of CI Senor Fellows for professional mentoring, which in turn can lead to internship and research opportunities.
  2. CI organized events, such as the annual fellow field trip, film screenings, and lectures.
  3. CI communications via email and other media
  4. Promotion of the ECL participants’ profiles and work on CI social media
  5. A $750 dollar award that can be used for items such as research supplies, conference travel or the publication of a paper in a peer reviewed journal.

The 2023 awardees will be announced during the CI’s 2023 holiday gathering (December 15 at 2pm).

CI Emerging Coastal Leaders Application

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The application period for 2023 has closed. We will begin accepting applications again November 1, 2024.

Any graduate student who is interested in research related to interdisciplinary coastal, marine, and estuarine systems is welcome to apply. All you need is motivation and an endorsement from a current CI Senior Fellow. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Ask the endorsing Senior Fellow to use three words to describe why you are a good candidate for the ECL Program.
A. Your interests in coastal, marine, and estuarine science, management, policy, and/or education and personal career goals. B. How you would use the $750 award.