MarAlliance
Z Scholarships

Supporting the Next Generation of Marine Conservationists with our Scholarship Fund

The oceans and its wildlife are facing many challenges to their health and function. To reverse declines and inspire marine stewardship, we urgently need to build local cohorts of scientifically trained marine champions to carry the torch for decades to come. And who better to carry this torch forward than the children of fishers who stand at the frontlines of these changes. 

To light this torch, MarAlliance has launched a scholarship fund to support the next generation of marine conservationists and marine resource managers. Applicants must be strongly performing students from and based in the global south with preference given to traditional fishers who are also studying and/or the daughters and sons of traditional fishers based in our program countries.  This support will enable students with limited means from the global south to finish high school and pursue higher education and build the capacities necessary for a career to meet the challenges faced by the sea and its wildlife in the coming decades. 

Zeddy Seymour

Ze Luis Monteiro

Ziad Samaha

The Z Scholarships are so named to honor the memory of our marine scientists and sea-faring colleagues, Zeddy Seymour, Ze Luis Monteiro and Ziad Samaha who did much to share their love and knowledge of the sea and inspire the next generations during their too short lives.

And the support to Z Scholars goes beyond the scholarship. Z Scholars will form part of a growing network of students and practitioners who gain mentoring from our team and broader network, develop their professional, communication and leadership skills and gain access to opportunities for further education, paid internships and job placements. Scholars will be expected to give back to the sector through fieldwork, peer-to peer mentoring, education and outreach.

We are offering the Z Scholarships in two formats:

1.

Educational bursaries up to US$750 that cover tuition or school-associated costs in the final year of high school or during a thematically relevant undergraduate degree.

We have six (6) educational bursaries available for 2024-2025. 

2.

Scholarship that covers tuition for a 4-year undergraduate degree in one of the target countries up to US$5,000.

We have three (3) 4-year scholarships available that span a degree undertaken between 2024-2027.

Eligibility and Application Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be nationals and living full time in eligible countries below: 
    • All MAR countries: Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Cabo Verde
    • In the Mediterranean: Non-EU countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco
  2. High school or undergraduate transcripts demonstrating documented grade point average higher than 3.2 / 80% / B in the year prior to the application.
  3. Choice of courses that align with the scholarship focus that include:
    • Marine or oceanographic sciences
    • Fisheries and fisheries management
    • Wildlife sciences with a focus on marine wildlife / fish
    • Natural resource management with a focus on marine courses
    • Marine protected areas management 
    • Marine policy
    • Marine finance
  4. A one (1) page Curriculum vitae / Resume
  5. Be 30 years old or younger by September 2024
  6. For countries in Central America, Mexico, Cabo Verde documentation that you or your parent is a bonafide traditional fisher with at least 5 years fishing. This should include a copy of the fishing license and identification and a letter of recognition from an associated cooperative, fisheries department, justice of the peace with clearly stated contact information.
  7. Demonstrate financial need through a signed declaration of parental income.
  8. Three references: 1st that speaks to your character by someone who is not family and has known you for at least 3 years, the 2nd from one of your teachers, and the 3rd from an employer or from a peer.
  9. A short video in your native language of less than 2 minutes or less (videos over 2 minutes will be disqualified) telling us who you are, why you are keen to pursue a career in marine science or the marine conservation sector, how you plan to give back to the sea and why you need a Z Scholarship.

Additional Qualities:

We seek many of the following qualities and outputs in the Z Scholarship candidates:

  • Curious
  • Good communicator and speaker
  • Kind, supportive, community-minded and diplomatic
  • Committed, hardworking & self-starting
  • Passionate about marine science and or conservation (bonus if you love sharks & rays!)
  • A compelling application and video

Application Process:

The application process for a 2024 scholarship or bursary opens April 1st and closes June 15th. The process will begin earlier in 2025. The decision-making process goes through 3 filters that will take 8 weeks to complete providing all necessary documentation has been submitted by candidates:

  • A review by the MarAlliance team to short list candidates, 
  • A second review of short-listed candidates by the selection committees (two separate committees will review applications, 1st for MAR program countries and the 2nd for Mediterranean countries) that includes checking of all references and documentation.
  • The selection committee’s brief interview with selected candidates.
  • Announcement of Z Scholars on July 30th.

For any inquiries regarding eligibility criteria or suitability for the grant, applicants are encouraged to contact us directly.

SEND US AN APPLICATION!

If you meet eligibility criteria and these scholarships resonate with you, please proceed with filling out an application:

Upload video below. Video must be in MOV or MP4 format, taken in a quiet setting, clear visuals and sound, in a horizontal orientation, no sunglasses or hats and less than 2 minutes in length.

Asistente de comunicación (Internship)

MarAlliance es una organización internacional sin ánimo de lucro registrada en EE.UU., Belice, Panamá y Cabo Verde, cuyo objetivo es explorar, facilitar e inspirar cambios positivos para la fauna marina amenazada, especialmente tiburones y rayas, sus hábitats críticos y las comunidades humanas dependientes. Nuestra misión es amplia y ambiciosa, y trabajamos en tres idiomas y en siete países de tres regiones. Ante el declive de muchas poblaciones de megafauna marina, estas especies necesitan una voz fuerte, eficaz y con base científica que las represente para ayudar a los socios dependientes a dar forma a las estrategias y acciones de gestión y conservación para invertir el declive.

Resumen del puesto:

Buscamos a un becario (6 meses) proactivo, con conocimientos digitales y excelente capacidad de redacción y edición de textos, que apoye la creación de contenidos escritos de alta calidad y recursos multicanal para difundir el trabajo que MarAlliance realiza a través de sus plataformas en línea (sitio web, redes sociales, boletín, entre otras) y fuera de línea, y que interactúe con nuestro público externo para contribuir a nuestros objetivos generales de comunicación y marketing. El Asistente de Comunicación dependerá directamente del Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing, y trabajará en estrecha colaboración con el resto del equipo para apoyarles en los elementos de comunicación de su trabajo.

Las funciones y responsabilidades incluirán, entre otras, las siguientes:

  1. Proporcionar apoyo creativo, editorial y operativo a los proyectos. 
  2. Apoyo en la organización, etiquetado y etiquetado del archivo fotográfico y gestión del archivo de vídeo.
  3. Gestión de la comunidad: Gestionar activamente los canales de medios sociales, así como identificar nuevas tendencias y oportunidades de colaboración. Generar reels y visuales.
  4. Apoyo en la redacción de artículos de blog (SEO) y contenido de boletines. 
  5. Ayudar a construir y desarrollar materiales, herramientas y acciones para campañas (online y offline).
  6. Ayudar en diferentes tareas relacionadas con la comunicación trabajando mano a mano con contratistas externos (desarrollador web, diseñador gráfico…) para mejorar el compromiso de las audiencias externas.
  7. Apoyo en la elaboración de informes de campañas y comunicaciones (Google Analytics, métricas de redes sociales, informes de marketing por correo electrónico).
  8. Como parte del Equipo de Comunicación de MarAlliance, apoyar al Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing en cualquier otro proyecto de comunicación, coherente con las habilidades y experiencia del titular del puesto, en circunstancias no rutinarias.

Experiencia, conocimientos y aptitudes requeridos:

  1. Licenciatura en comunicación, periodismo, marketing o cualquier disciplina relacionada.
  2. Experiencia en comunicación digital o marketing.
  3. Pasión e interés por la naturaleza, la vida marina y la conservación.
  4. Capacidad demostrada para redactar y presentar comunicaciones creativas.
  5. Presencia y conocimientos de medios sociales y digitales.
  6. Capacidad para realizar múltiples tareas y detectar buenas historias.
  7. Capacidad para trabajar a distancia y cumplir los plazos establecidos.
  8. Conocimientos de diseño gráfico deseables, pero no necesarios.
  9. Conocimientos de edición de vídeo deseables pero no necesarios. 

Salario y prestaciones:

Estipendio durante 6 meses.

Idiomas:

Español, con fluidez en inglés

Localización:

Nacionales o residentes de Panamá, Belice, México, Honduras, Guatemala.

Este contrato será a distancia dentro de las zonas horarias de América, flexible, a tiempo completo y desde casa con hasta un 10% de viajes ocasionales locales e internacionales.

Cómo presentar la candidatura:

Por favor, envíe su currículum, portfolio si lo tiene, y carta de presentación a info@maralliance.org con “MAR-CA_Apellido” en el asunto antes del 21 de marzo, 2024. No se admiten llamadas.

Communications Assistant (Internship)

MarAlliance is an international non-profit registered in the US, Belize, Panama and Cabo Verde that aims to explore, enable and inspire positive changes for threatened marine wildlife – notably sharks and rays – their critical habitats and dependent human communities. Our remit is broad and ambitious, and we work in three languages and across seven countries encompassed by three regions. In the face of declines in many populations of marine megafauna, these species need a strong, effective, and science-based voice to represent them to help dependent partners shape management and conservation strategies and action to reverse declines.

Position summary:

We are seeking for a proactive, digitally savvy Paid Intern (6 month) Communications Assistant with excellent writing and copy editing skills, who will support the creation of high-quality written content and multichannel assets to broadcast the work MarAlliance does through its online (website, social media, newsletter, among others) and offline platforms, and engage with our external audiences to contribute to our overall communications and marketing goals. The Communications Assistant will directly report consistently to the Communications and Marketing Coordinator, and work closely with the rest of the team to support them on the communications elements of their work.

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  1. Provide creative, editorial, and operational project support. 
  2. Support organizing, labeling and tagging the photo archive and video archive management.
  3. Community Management: Actively manage social media channels, as well as identify new trends and collaboration opportunities. Generate reels and visuals.
  4. Support with writing blog articles (SEO) and newsletter content. 
  5. Help build and develop materials, toolkits, and actions for (online and offline) campaigns.
  6. Assist in different communications-related tasks working hand in hand with external contractors (web developer, graphic designer…) to improve the engagement of external audiences.
  7. Support in campaign and communications reporting (Google Analytics, social media metrics, email marketing reports)
  8. As part of the MarAlliance Communications Team, support the Communications and Marketing Coordinator with any other communications projects, consistent with the skills and expertise of the post holder, in non-routine circumstances.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills Required:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or any related discipline.
  2. Experience working in digital communications and or marketing.
  3. Passion and interest for nature, marine life and conservation.
  4. Proven ability to write and deliver creative communications.
  5. Social Media and digital presence and knowledge.
  6. Ability to multitask and spot good stories.
  7. Capable of working remotely and meeting established deadlines.
  8. Graphic design skills are desirable but not required.
  9. Video editing skills are desirable but not required.

Salary and benefits:

Stipend for 6 month.

Language:

English, Spanish are mandatory.

Location:

Panama, Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala nationals or residents. 

This contract will be remote within the Americas time zones, flexible, full-time and home-based with up to 10% occasional local and international travel.

How to apply:

Please send your resume, portfolio if you have one, and cover letter to info@maralliance.org with “MAR-CA_Last name” in the subject line by 21st of March, 2024. No calls please.