Marine Fellowship Program

Region & Country
Course Type
One-Year Fellowship
Two-Week Training

Applied Economics for Effective Fisheries and Marine Conservation
 Policy and Management in Indonesia

Indonesia Marine Fellowship Program 2021-2022

After conducting two Marine Fellowship Programs (MFPs) in 2016 and 2019, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (FPIK) at IPB University are excited to announce the launch of our Third Marine Fellowship Program through 2021 and 2022. We invite graduate students, researchers, academics, analysts, and practitioners to submit project proposals in applied economic research on fisheries and marine-conservation policy and management in Indonesia to [email protected] before February 6, 2021 for consideration in the 2021-2022 MFP. In addition to financial support, the selected applicants will receive technical supervision in economic theory, environmental economic analysis, environmental conservation, and natural resource management by CSF in-house experts and FPIK-IPB faculty members. This fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Research Topics

Research proposals should focus on economics as the primary tool of analysis on fisheries management and marine conservation in the 11 Fisheries Management Areas (FMA/WPP) in Indonesia. Various economic perspectives may be used, such as impact analysis, cost-benefit analysis, economic valuation, payment of ecosystem services, game theory, bio-economics, etc. Preference will be given to proposals that have the potential to influence decision-making and management policies. There are five research themes for the application, with the possible research topics below:

1. Economic analysis of upstream to downstream fisheries (input-production-output-market)
Possible topics:

  • Analysis on fisheries input: Fish traceability program
  • Input and output control policy (e.g., quota, gear restriction, access)
  • Technological innovation in fisheries management
  • Investment in small-scale fisheries
  • Contribution of existing small-scale fisheries
  • Contribution of Integrated Fisheries Center (SKPT)
  • Impact analysis of seafood certification

2. Economic analysis of inland fisheries and aquaculture as alternatives to reduce pressure on catch marine fisheries
Possible topics:

  • Value of inland fisheries and aquaculture
  • Contribution of inland fisheries and aquaculture to the local economy
  • Benefits of inland fisheries and aquaculture in supporting FMA’s fisheries goals     

3. Economic analysis of Marine Protected Area’s contribution to fisheries in the FMA
Possible topics:

  • Sustainable financing of MFAs
  • Economic potential of fisheries and marine tourism
  • MPA conservation for ecological and economic benefit
  • Welfare of local community living within and adjacent to MPA
  • Ecosystem benefits of MPA to surrounding waters
  • Socio-economic benefits derived from MPAs
  • Alternative livelihood impact in communities living within an MPA

4. Economic or impact analysis of human induced change in marine ecosystem
Possible topics:

  • Climate change impact to fisheries and marine ecosystem
  • Marine debris impact to fisheries and marine ecosystem
  • Pollution impact to fisheries and marine ecosystem
  • Impact of invasive/alien species

5. Economic and policy analysis of fisheries management
Possible topics:

  • Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing policy impact to fisheries
  • Impact of Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF/KKP) direct assistance program
  • Effectiveness of Fisheries Management Areas (FMA/WPP)
  • Fiscal instruments in supporting sustainable fisheries
  • Integrated land and coastal management and development
  • Regulatory impact assessment on national fisheries policies
  • Fishing industry investment in Indonesia

*Please note that proposals can address more than one topic from the above list. 

Eligible Applicants

The Marine Fellowship Program is ideal for graduate students, researchers, academics, analysts, practitioners, and representatives of national and subnational government institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs). The program is aimed at those with experience or expertise on issues related to fisheries and marine conservation policy and management, and sustainable development. 

The selection process will prioritize those proposals which demonstrate an understanding of critical conservation issues, as well as technical knowledge of applied economic tools. It will also prioritize the participation of working professionals whose roles are directly related to future conservation and sustainable development projects. In addition, CSF and its partners will prioritize geographical balance of representation, and the promotion of ethnic and gender diversity.

Applicants must have prior knowledge in economics, strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and excellent reading and writing skills in English. Additionally, candidates are expected to have working knowledge in statistics, qualitative and quantitative approaches, and the ability to provide additional research funding for this fellowship. Research proposals should focus on fisheries and marine conservation policy and management in Indonesia at the national and sub-national level of analysis.


The selection process will prioritize proposals that demonstrate a strong understanding of a critical conservation issue or issues, research that directly relates to fisheries and marine conservation policy and management, sustainable development projects, and technical knowledge of economic approaches to marine management. Ability to provide additional research funding is also desired. Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Contain an institutional counterpart to complement the financial and technical support of the research project. In particular, those who submit a letter expressing the institution’s interest in the research and indication of financial resources and/or time for the candidate to conduct research will be given special attention.
  • Contribute to a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
  • Include a cost-effective budget (relationship between the budget and the scope of research).
  • Have the potential to influence decision-making and management policies.


The selected proposals will each be funded up to IDR 100,000,000. This amount may be used to cover fieldwork activities, analysis and data collection, travel costs related to training and other activities, contracting services, and fees for researchers (up to 25% of total budget). Applicants are encouraged to find additional sources of financing to complement this grant.


Technical support will be provided by members of the CSF and FPIK-IPB team and other experts in environmental conservation, natural resources, fisheries economics, and marine sciences. Mentors are selected based on extensive field experience and have a deep understanding of the current challenges in fisheries and marine conservation policy and management, and sustainable development in Indonesia. The tenure of the fellowship is 14 to 15 months.

To Apply

Application, Deadline, and Important Dates:

 Fellow Selection Process

 Call for proposals  January 8, 2021
 Deadline of proposal submission  February 8, 2021
 Proposal selection processes*  February 10 – March 2, 2021
 Proposal presentations for selected finalists  February 22 - 26, 2021
 Announcement of selected MFP fellows  March 4 - 5, 2021
 Two-week course  March 22 - April 2, 2021
 MFP research program timeline (start-end)  April 1, 2021 – June 1, 2022

Please note: There will be two rounds of selection between February 8-March 2, 2021. Applicants selected for each round will be requested to revise their proposal on short notice.

For more information on the proposal process, please review our call for proposals here. To apply, please download and fill out the research proposal form here. The proposal can be written in English or in Bahasa Indonesia. The completed form must be submitted to: [email protected] by February 6, 2021 for consideration. Applicants should include the following documents:

  • CV (no more than two pages) for each members of the research team
  • Institutional support letter

Only proposals submitted in complete form with the proper requirements will be considered. One representative of each fellowship team will be invited to attend CSF’s two-week intensive course on economic theory and its applications in fisheries and marine management and policy, which will be held in March, 22-April 2, 2021.

For questions and inquiries about the MFP 2021-2022 program, please contact: [email protected]

Application deadline