Academic Programs


The Bren School is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 LAFF program.

Qualified applicants must have an excellent academic record and show strong relevant experience and interest in the areas of marine conservation, fisheries sustainability, and/or marine resource management. They must also demonstrate commitment to pursuing a career in the one of these areas in Latin America.

Prospective fellows must apply to the Bren School online through UCSB Graduate Division and send copies of application materials to the Bren School by January 15, 2015. See more information about the Bren School application process and access the UCSB online application on the MESM Admissions page.

Prospective fellows are also required to complete the LAFF supplemental application, which must be submitted to the Bren School no later than January 15, 2015.

Access the Fellowship Application via LAFF's New Program Website!

Please note that the GRE and TOEFL tests are required for admission to the Bren School and the LAFF program.

Please contact the LAFF program coordinator at with further questions about the fellowship or university application procedures. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Recommended Application Timeline

First Steps

  • Contact the LAFF Program Coordinator at to learn more about the program and application process.
  • Locate the nearest GRE testing center. (Click here for PDF of GRE testing locations.)
  • Locate the nearest TOEFL testing center (click here for TOEFL test centers and dates)

September - December

  • Begin to compile application materials (transcripts, references, etc.)
  • Register and study for GRE exam (click here for test preparation materials)
  • Register and study for TOEFL exam (click here for test preparation materials)
  • Take GRE and TOEFL exams
  • Complete Bren School and LAFF applications


  • Submit completed applications by the January 15 deadline

What Fellowships Provide

The LAFF program offers a rich education in science, economics, policy, and law, augmented by specialized training in innovative approaches to sustainable fisheries management and marine conservation. Fellows will receive career-oriented training, including preparation in collaborative problem solving and development of leadership and project management skills. The LAFF program includes:

  • Up to the full cost of tuition and academic fees for the two-year MESM program at the Bren School*
  • Personal living allowance, graduate student health insurance, books, supplies*
  • Round-trip airfare to home country and internship site in Latin America each year
  • $5,000 to cover costs associated with a summer internship
  • Specialized seminars and short-courses, and a Fellow-led colloquium speaker series
  • Annual Workshop in Latin America that engages Fellows, Alumni, and regional experts in fisheries management and marine conservation
  • Optional intensive English language training prior to starting the MESM program

* The LAFF program favors candidates who apply for additional, independent funding to support their graduate degree, such as from scholarship programs for studies abroad in the sciences (i.e. CONICYT, CONACYT, CAPES, etc.) or other independent funding sources.

The goal of the program is to train a new generation of marine-resource managers and conservation leaders who are capable of developing and implementing innovative solutions to ocean-management challenges throughout Latin America. The broader goal is to build capacity in Latin American countries by developing professionals whose contributions will help to ensure abundant seafood, support coastal communities, and sustain marine ecosystems.