Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Applications due Feb. 23, 2018. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

  • Discover what marine policy is all about

  • Make valuable professional connections

  • Learn how laws and regulations are formed and implemented

  • Understand how science research is prioritized and funded

  • Learn to communicate science issues 

  • Improve leadership skills on a national level

The fellowship pays $61,500 per student for stipend, living expenses and other costs. Get full details about the fellowship.

Here are what some former Knauss fellows are saying:

“The Knauss Fellowship introduced me to a variety of organizations, agencies and even ideas that have proven important to my current research endeavors.”
-Andy Coleman, program director, Birmingham Audubon Society

“The Knauss Fellowship is ideal, not just for marine science students, but for students with backgrounds in law, engineering, planning, invasive species, hydrology, social science and more. There is a wide variety of opportunities to choose from.”
-Rochelle Plutchak, communications specialist (contractor), NOAA Research

“As a Knauss Fellow within the National Marine Fisheries Service, I had the privilege of joining a team of dedicated marine conservationists, and I gained direct experience in the development and implementation of marine fisheries policy. Not only was I treated as an equal team member, but I was given the opportunity to serve as a leader on several projects that I was able to see from start to finish.”
-Clifford Hutt, research associate (contractor), NOAA Fisheries


NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program

Application deadline is Jan. 26, 2018. In 1999, NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established a Graduate Fellowship Program in two specialized areas: marine resource economics and population and ecosystem dynamics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involves the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics.

The fellowships are for Ph.D. candidates.

As a fellow, you would be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on your academic committee. Your mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate.

The popuation and ecosystem dynamics fellowhip program expects to award at least three new (up to three-year) Ph.D. fellowships in 2018 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds and other protected species.

The marine resource economics fellowship program expects to award two new Ph.D., two-year fellowships in 2018 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

The award for each fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $46,000 per year. You must be a currently enrolled Ph.D. student in a U.S. university or college to apply, and you must be a U.S. citizen.

Contact Research Coordinator Loretta Leist for application information.


NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowship

Successful candidates for the 2018 NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowship program will benefit from on-the-job training for two years with a state coastal resource agency project.

Host agencies for 2018 include:

  • California Coastal Commission (San Francisco, CA)
  • CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management (Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Coastal States Organization and Association of State Floodplain Managers (Washington, DC)
  • Delaware Coastal Management Program (Dover, DE)
  • Illinois Coastal Management Program (Chicago, IL)
  • Maine Coastal Program (Augusta, ME)
  • National Association of Counties (Washington, DC)
  • National States Geographic Information Council (Anchorage, AK)
  • Washington Coastal Zone Management Program (Olympia, WA)

Find out more about the host agency projects here.

Once materials are submitted, a letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant program director, LaDon Swann, is needed in order to complete your application. An interview with Dr. Swann will be scheduled after applications are received.

The deadline for applying is Jan. 19, 2018. The fellowship begins in August 2018.

Applications should include: 1) 2-page, 12-point font CV or resume, 2) goal statement (500 words), 3) two letters of recommendation, 4) undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. More information can also be found at

The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. 

Coastal Management Fellowship Video: Hear a former fellow's assessment of the fellowship program.

View the 2018 Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowship announcement.