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Applications for the Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) Fellowship 2022 are now open. The New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund is a microgranting and fellowship program that addresses critical needs in the marine conservation field, including rapid turnaround funding for urgent, time-sensitive projects and support for early-stage, entrepreneurial projects led by local conservation leaders in low and middle-income countries.
Through the MCAF Fellows Program, the New England Aquarium has developed enduring partnerships with proven conservation leaders to help them catalyze lasting conservation outcomes. MCAF invests in these leaders over the long-term through a multi-faceted approach that includes financial, technical and professional resources, mentoring and community-building to support the success of Fellows’ conservation initiatives; their professional growth and resilience; the sustainability of their organizations; and their efforts to develop the next generation of ocean leaders.
MCAF provides financial, technical and professional resources, mentoring and community-building to support the success of Fellows’ conservation initiatives; their professional growth and resilience; the sustainability of their organizations; and their efforts to develop the next generation of ocean leaders.
Eligibility for Marine Conservation Action Fund
Open to visionary and collaborative leaders who are pursuing a community-based, multi-disciplinary approach to achieve lasting conservation outcomes, and who have demonstrated a commitment to training and mentoring the next generation of ocean leaders.
Eligible candidates are nationals of the low- or middle-income country (LMIC) where their ocean conservation work is based.
Candidates need to have a minimum of seven years of experience in ocean conservation and a minimum of three years of experience leading or co-leading an ocean conservation project.
They are seeking candidates who are:
Conducting on-the-ground ocean conservation work focused on marine species, habitats, or ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.
Engaging and collaborating with local communities and stakeholders including, for example, fishers, youth, women, and government officials.
Pursuing a multidisciplinary approach to developing lasting conservation solutions;
Actively training and mentoring future ocean leaders and stewards to promote the long-term impact of their conservation work and to help grow a pipeline of local leaders.
Application of Marine Conservation Action Fund
The MCAF Fellows Program is accepting applications through an online submission platform. The application forms can be accessed below: