Finding Your Mentor


The mentor should be an experienced professional and leader in their field and should be of the same discipline than the candidate. The mentor must be willing to provide supervision, strategic guidance and support in the design and implementation of the project, in addition to the candidate’s professional development.

For the pre-proposal stage, applicants should have identified a willing mentor and host institution. A letter of commitment is only required if you are invited to submit a full proposal.

Incentives for Mentors

  • Financial support for their participation in the project (maximum of $5,000 USD).
  • Academic affiliation with Cornell University
  • All expenses covered for the first-year training retreat.
  • Participation in the Coastal Solutions Network, with opportunities to collaborate with other fellows, mentors, and CSF program partners and supporters along the continent.