Application Information

The SAGE short course will provide a multidisciplinary approach for graduate students to understand the fundamentals and complexities of coastal adaptation.  The course will combine classroom instruction, team project-based learning, and field experiential learning at coastal projects in the Boston area. Topics will include:

  • technical inputs and data collection for planning and design
  • short-term (storms and seismically-induced waves) and long-term (sea level rise) events
  • planning and land-use using natural, social, economic, and cultural considerations
  • nature-based, engineered and hybrid infrastructure solutions
  • coastal zone management (policy and zoning) in the U.S. and international settings.

This free short course is intended for graduate students working across multiple research areas related to coastal adaptation measures.  Students who are excepted will demonstrate a wish to expand their knowledge base in order to understand the complex and multidisciplinary nature of implementing these resilient infrastructure systems.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicants should be 21 years old at the time of the course
  • Applicants must have already earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree, and be enrolled in good standing in full-time graduate program in a field related to coastal adaptation or sustainability
  • Attendees will be expected to participate for the whole week, June 17 – June 23, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Application Details:

  • The Boston Short Course on Coastal Resiliency is free and runs from June 17–June 23, 2018.
  • Applications are due by Friday, January 5, 2018.
  • Submit all components of the application via email to Anna McAvinchey at Please use the subject line: “Boston Short Course Application Submission”

Application Form:  The application form can be downloaded here Application Form.

Costs: There is no cost to students for attending.  Accommodations and food will be covered during week long program. Students are responsible for travel and all other incidental expenses, estimated to be $150 for the week plus travel to Boston.  Limited travel grants will be available for students to cover their airfare and ground transportation, with a preference from students coming from the Caribbean.

Certificate of Completion:  Students are strongly encouraged to seek credit from their home institution.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will be given proof of participation.

Important Dates:

  • Applications due by January 5, 2018
  • Decisions on acceptance and travel grants will be made by February 1, 2018
  • Fully refundable deposit of US$250 will be due by March 1, 2018
  • More information will be sent out via email after you are accepted.

For updates go to the SAGE website:

This short course is an activity under under a grant funded by the National Science Foundation Research Collaboration Network (RCN): Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES), “Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE): Reconceptualizing the Role of Infrastructure in Resilience,” Award Number: ICER-1338767.

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