• Coastal and Environmental Fellowship Program
  • Coastal and Environmental Fellowship Program
  • Coastal and Environmental Fellowship Program

The Coastal and Environmental Fellowship program provides URI undergraduate students with opportunities to participate in ongoing environmental research, education, or public outreach programs designed to address current environmental and/or societal issues.  

Much of the research and outreach taking place today is at the cutting edge of the application of science to the improvement of the world’s health, agricultural and natural resource systems.  Typically, this research happens in specialized laboratory, professional, and field settings that are removed from undergraduate classroom teaching.

Environmental and societal issues are complex.  They demand expert problem solvers, adept at addressing emerging problems and implementing programs that draw on a range of disciplines and technologies.  This requires skills acquired through both classroom/lab and research experience.  The Coastal and Environmental Fellowship Program bridges these two worlds to maximize opportunities for students by better preparing them to enter the job market with the industry training and professional skills needed to succeed.


2025 applications will be available in December.

2024 Fellowship Projects

Why become a Coastal and Environmental Fellow?

  • Gain experience in your field of study
  • Participate in environmental research
  • Get hands-on experience in the ultimate outdoor classroom
  • Present YOUR research at a scientific poster symposium
  • Network, Network, Network!

Fellowship Program Details:

  • Fellows are matched with URI faculty working on environmental research, education or an outreach project. Fellows also have the option to work with an outside company or organization.
  • Summer portion of the Fellowship runs for 10 weeks from mid-May to the end of July.
  • Fellows work 20-40 hours per week while receiving an hourly wage.
  • Fellows may be provided the option to continue research over the fall for 5-10 hours per week, while receiving up to 3 academic credit hours. This is based on research availability.
  • During the Fall Semester fellows are required to take a 2-credit seminar course: EVS 366- Communicating Environmental Research and Outreach. This class guides students, in a step-by-step process, through the analysis and synthesis of their fellowship work.
  • Program culminates with the Annual Undergraduate Research Fellows Symposium where students present a scientific research poster reflecting the work they conducted over the summer.

Who Should Apply?

Interested undergraduate students in College of the Environment and Life Sciences that in good standing with the University and are enrolled full-time through December of the program year are encouraged to apply. Those students who demonstrate communication skills, work well with others, and express a willingness to engage in current research topics will be considered.

  • “Classroom experience and knowledge are important but mean hardly anything unless one can apply them in a real atmosphere to see results”

    Former Coastal and Environmental Fellow
  • I can finally utilize some of the knowledge I have so painstakingly acquired in my classes in a real-world situation. The ability to improvise and solve problems is important. I wish all my learning experiences could be as enjoyable and productive.

    Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Sciences student and former Coastal Fellow


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