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Coastal Institute Senior Fellows

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Coastal Institute Senior Fellows tour the Eco-Machine and Living Laboratory in Fisherville, M.A. Photo credit: Ayla Fox

Senior Fellows come from a variety of disciplines (e.g. ecologists, economists, business, the arts, the humanities, etc.) and represent a diversity of institutional settings, such as academia, public agencies, the private sector, and citizens. The single most important criterion to be eligible for consideration as a Senior Fellow is a commitment to the mission and vision of the Coastal Institute and willingness to work toward success by creating and sustaining environmentally, economically, and socially resilient coastal environments.

Senior Fellows have a distinguished record as a scholar or practitioner in advancing knowledge or working to solve environmental problems in coastal environments.

There are many benefits to being named a Senior Fellow of the Coastal Institute:

  • Expanded opportunities to participate in Coastal Institute activities.
  • Right to submit research proposals through the Coastal Institute.
  • Identification on the Coastal Institute webpage making Fellows part of a large network of scientists, managers, policy-makers, and citizens committed to the mission and vision of the Coastal Institute.

If you would like to apply to be a Senior Fellow, you should discuss your candidacy with an Associate or Assistant Director of the Coastal Institute or another Senior Fellow, as someone from any of these categories will need to nominate you for Senior Fellow status. Please submit an application form, which includes a short written statement regarding your interest in coastal environments, how you can contribute to the Coastal Institute, and basic contact information.

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Senior Fellows tour the water treatment plant at the Scituate Reservoir during the annual meeting. Photo credit: Monica Allard Cox

Once a request for Fellow status is received, the Associate and/or Assistant Directors will review it and make a recommendation to the Director of the Coastal Institute on the suitability of the applicant. Fellows are appointed for 6-year terms. Reappointment requires a brief statement of past and intended future engagement in the Coastal Institute. Fellows are expected to actively contribute to and participate in Coastal Institute activities.

There are a reasonable number of responsibilities expected of Senior Fellows in exchange for their acceptance into the fellowship program. The Coastal Institute sponsors an annual meeting to provide an update on Coastal Institute projects, allow Senior Fellows the opportunity to share what they are working on and explore potential collaborations, and attend a field trip that highlights various aspects of coastal and watershed management.

One of the primary privileges offered to Senior Fellows is the opportunity to apply for a Grant-in-Aid. Coastal Institute Senior Fellows are eligible to apply for a Grant-in-Aid up to the amount that equals one-third of the overhead returned to the Coastal Institute related to that Senior Fellow’s funded proposal(s). These funds may be used to support activities related to an ongoing CI proposal(s) or applied to activities aligned with future research in keeping with the Coastal Institute mission.  To apply for a Grant-In-Aid, please fill out an application form.

Please assist in sustaining the value of the Coastal Institute by including credit to the CI for Grant-in-Aid support when feasible for presentations, publications, or events, e.g., “This ________is supported by a Grant-in-Aid from the URI Coastal Institute.” Also provide us with brief titles, products or outcomes to allow us to add it to the Coastal Institute outputs page (forthcoming). Please use the high resolution Coastal Institute logo where possible.

Please see a list of the Senior Fellows of the Coastal Institute here.

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