The Horn of Africa is a research laboratory for the Coasts and Communities Program.

Program Components

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Fellows can pursue a degree in one of the following departments, cutting across disciplines:

  1. Environmental science (in the School for the Environment, College of Science and Mathematics)
  2. Environmental biology (in the Department of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics)
  3. Marine science and technology (Intercampus program in the School for the Environment, College of Science and Mathematics)
  4. Global governance and human security (in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies)
  5. Organizations and social change (in the Department of Management and Marketing, College of Management)

These degrees are supplemented by a unique transdisciplinary curriculum constructed for the Coasts and Communities Program. Core requirements in the fields of science, policy, and business reinforce the goals of the program, while fellows gain practical experience through the Environmental Innovations Clinic and field research in the Horn of Africa. Fellows also participate in seminars that emphasize integration of disciplinary and geographic perspectives. This core curriculum is focused on equipping fellows with the skills to become environmental problem solvers prepared to lead in the development and implementation of sustainable solutions.

Fellows will receive a tuition and fees waiver and an annual stipend of $30,000. Additionally, the Coasts and Communities Program provides research and travel funds for PhD and master’s student associates who participate in selected IGERT activities. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be considered for IGERT funding. For more information, email

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393