Summit Scholars Program

SeaWeb’s Summit Scholars Program provides financial, professional development, and administrative support to individuals from targeted stakeholder groups, to allow them to attend the SeaWeb Seafood Summit. These under-represented voices bring valuable perspectives into the sustainability dialogue at the Summit, and in turn take ideas and knowledge from the Summit back to their home communities. Targets are chosen yearly based on anticipated under-represented sectors and geographies as well as the current Summit program.

The next Scholars program will take place at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona, Spain in June, 2018. To receive an update on opening of the program, join our mailing list.

To be accepted into the program, applicants must have no legal or other impediment to securing a travel visa and traveling to the host country of the Seafood Summit. They must be a first-time Summit attendee, and agree to fully participate in the Summit Scholars Program including activities throughout the Summit.

SeaWeb’s goal is to make sure that all Scholars are well equipped and connected to serve as ambassadors of sustainable seafood when they return to their communities. Our aim is that they will continue to stay engaged and inform the development of the movement going forward.

Prior to the Summit, SeaWeb works with each scholar to help meet their specific needs regarding food, travel, and lodging to attend the Summit. At the Summit, Scholars are paired with Summit experts who help fill in any gaps in their understanding of issues being discussed, and introduce them to stakeholders with shared interests. Scholars meet for orientation, networking, Q&A with sustainability experts, and a focus group. After the Summit, Scholars are invited to participate in networking activities with past and present Scholars throughout the year.

Since 2012, this program has welcomed 48 Scholars from 24 countries worldwide. Participants have included CEOs, NGO program managers, students, national and international government representatives, fishermen, human rights activists, and others, hailing from Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Asia Pacific region. To learn more about the most recent Scholars program, visit the Scholars page on SeafoodSummit.org.