The Blundy Family Marine Science Fellowship

The California Ocean Alliance is committed to promoting opportunity and diversity in the field of marine mammal conservation and education. To increase student participation across a broad range of backgrounds, we are excited to announce The Blundy Family Marine Science Fellowship, a highly competitive academic opportunity that pairs recent college graduates with researchers and educational experts at UC Santa Cruz, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, and Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. This paid research opportunity is designed for under-represented minority undergraduates from across the country. This 12-week paid fellowship emphasizes training, mentoring, research, and preparing students for graduate studies & careers marine mammal science. Students will be paired with a science/educator mentor and will have the opportunity to participate in one of the following areas (depending on interest and availability):

  • Field work
  • Laboratory work
  • Data analysis
  • Science curriculum development
  • Social media/outreach

The stipend provided will cover the cost of living in the Monterey Bay Area for the duration of the 3-month program. The approximate terms for this fellowship are:

  • Spring: March 1 – May 31
  • Summer: June 1 – August 31
  • Fall: September 1 – November 30
  • Winter: December 1 – February 28

Each year, 1-2 applicants will be selected to work during the spring, summer, fall or winter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and fellowships are awarded based on availability, mentor or project needs, and student interest.

Specific project details will be provided during the interview process.

To apply, please complete the following application and arrange to have a letter of recommendation sent directly to the following email: [email protected]

This letter should be written by an instructor, employer, mentor, or someone who can speak knowledgeably about your career goals, interests, work ethic and/or relevant skills.

Please send both your application and letter of recommendation directly to [email protected].

You are welcome to email [email protected] if you have any questions!